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ride2015 – april

cathy riding at Kirroughtree under blue skies

cathy riding at Kirroughtree under blue skies

The real riding in April kicked off in fantastic style with a mini 7 Stanes tour. Based out of a wooden pod at the Barnsoul Campsite we managed to visit Mabie, Kirroughtree and Dalbeattie over a surprisingly sunny Easter weekend.

Ideal riding conditions of low teens in terms of temperature and clear skies made it spot on. I failed to get the remedy back up and running so the weekend was done on the cotic bfe which was great fun if a little harder work on some of the rockier sections at Dalbeattie on the final day.

carron valley in the sunshine

Returning home after Easter the forecast was for unseasonably warm weather so there was nothing more for it than to forget the aching legs and get out on the bike. So first off was a stop at Carron Valley on the way home, blasting round the route a couple of times and trying not to overshoot some of the corners was a great way to spend a couple of post work hours in the sunshine.

The week ended with only the second ride on the road bike of the year, the gear problems may have been fixed but it seems to have developed something of a creak so anticipating at some point chasing that creak around to find out exactly where it is coming from.

Finally in the second half of the months saw the Remedy coming out of hibernation, worked out it had not been ridden since September so was good to get out on the full suspension again. A trip down to Glentress was its first ride out and have to say that even with very little set up the new Rockshox Pike forks seemed as good as everyone reckons even if a couple of times I forgot to take them out of the “firm” setting and got to feel every little bump on the downhill!

It was intended that May was going to be the month where I did first my first ever enduro as well as the Glentress Sevens but that has all gone a little bit to pot ’cause of work and other things so won’t be doing either. Plans are afoot though for at least one trip to Glentrress with an overnight stay in the Peebles Hydro for a post ride swim and getting out on the road bike a bit more…


2015 totals so far…

the returning remedy

the returning remedy

 rides  miles*
january 14 217
february 15  183
march 14 203
april 17 239
year total 60 842

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