This video was created to support Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland. Watch as a group of friends bikepack the Cairngorms in Scotland.
“Only a short distance from Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, East Lothian provides the right ingredients for bikepacking adventures. At 39 miles (63 km) the Go East Lothian Trail is perfect for families, microadventures and long day rides. The route is suitable for gravel, mountain and e-mountain bikes, and can be ridden in all seasons.” See more at Bikepacking Scotland!
Fabric takes us on a wild ride during Scotland’s Grinduro.
Ortlieb takes us on a trip to the Dirty Reiver 2018, a 200km dirt road race through the border region of England and Scotland.
The Braemar Mountain Festival takes place March 1st-4th in the highest and most magnificent mountains in Scotland in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Check out more information at the Braemar Mountain Festival website.
Looking for a different kind of dirt road race in a totally different landscape? Grinduro Scotland returns this year, with registration now open. Head to Grinduro for details and check out our Reportage from last year’s event in the toolbar to the left.
The latest from Bikepacking Scotland transplants you to the Wild About Argyll Trail, Scotland’s first long-distance bikepacking route. The route totals 655 km (407 miles.)
For those of us who weren’t able to attend Grinduro Scotland, Giro made a recap video for us to enjoy on this Friday morning. Don’t forget to see Kyle’s coverage in the related sidebar for more!
Finding Friends on the Isle of Arran at Grinduro Scotland – Kyle Kelley
Words and photos by Kyle Kelley
You can read race reports all over the internet about Grinduro Scotland and that’s exactly why I’m not going to give you that here. It was Scotland, so of course, it rained! It was on the Isle of Arran, so of course, it was beautiful! It rained, so of course, it was muddy! And did I mention… it was Scotland, so of course, we drank whisky!
Every time I see a video from Scotland, it makes me want to get back!
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Thanks for sharing this video, Bikepacking Scotland!
It was with a heavy heart and lots of FOMO when I admitted to my friends at Giro that I wouldn’t be able to attend Grinduro Scotland. That’s when the gears began to really spin…
Let’s backtrack a bit. Grinduro debuted two years ago in Quincy, California as a new race format. Rather than racing a course in its entirety, there would be a handful of timed sections, of which, the leaders would be chosen before ultimately awarding winners in various categories. This allows for plenty of on-course downtime, which leads to camaraderie, substance consumption of various forms, jackassery, playful shit-talking and other social activities often absent from competitive cycling events. For two years, Grinduro California has proven to be a success, leading Giro’s UK partners to begin exploring options for an exotic Grinduro getaway.
Paul Errington is part of the Focal Events crew. They put on some of the best events in the UK, like Dirty Reiver and all of these rides have a reputation of being very difficult. His race course ingenuity has undoubtedly inspired his personal bike. Before we jump into the rest of the Scotland reportage, we’re going to take a look at Paul’s beautiful Shand Stooshie all-road bike.
If you can pull your focus away from the Lauf fork, you’ll see a very simple, yet thought out build happening here. The Stooshie is Shand’s do-it-all drop bar bike. You can race cross on it, ride dirt (obvs) and even do some light touring, thanks to the rack provisions. Paul has his set up as a 1x with the Lauf fork and 45mm tires, perfect for absorbing the rough, rocky and rooty trails found on the Isle of Arran, where Grinduro Scotland is taking place.
Paul’s bike is rolling on Halo Wheels, utilizes probably one of the best adaptations of Di2 with the ability to run a long catch, clutch, XTR rear mech with road shifters. It really comes in handy when the road or trail gets steep. This bike has been in the muck, the mud and the inclement weather associated with riding in the Northern UK. Best of all, it looks like it wants more!
Oh man, what a trip this has been. Hell, what a trip these past few days have been! I hope your weekend is rolling smoothly. We’ve got some good stuff to share this week!
Pannier and Brother Cycles collaborated on a video project in which the riders explore the Cape Wrath track, the north-westerly part of Scotland.
This is a long one, but offers some playful views into Scotland’s bleak landscapes and the bothies they house. All self-shot and damn good, if you ask me.
Talk about environment envy. The new Santa Cruz Solo gets some saddle time in the hills and mountains of Scotland, ridden by Steve Peat. I’ll add this to the “maybe one day” checklist in life… This is a must watch.