It was an early start in Grantown for bike collection and a pack-up from Elephant in the Pantry, Kevin and Amber followed me to Nethy Bridge as the grey turned to blueish and we put the bikes together for a day on the classics of Cairngorm.
Kevin and Amber were on a break for a week all the way from Los Angles, California and were looking for a back country bike adventure as part of their trip. A bit a trail comparison was inevitable, and sure enough they had only seen dry dusty trails for some time, so it was only fair that the Scottish trails were a touch on the damp side just for variety.
Out of Nethy, up and over to Ryvoan for the first stop of the day, the bothy was in fine order, with a resident whittler producing some finely crafted sticks! Had to convince our guests this doesn’t happen every time! Enjoyed the descent with a quick photo stop at Loch Uaine, then onto Glenmore Lodge and a closer look at cornering and anticipation skills on the berms there.
Weather began to get away from us at Loch Morlich, with a pack up under the trees (nice quiche!) then onto Badaguish for some singletrack fun, over Sluggans and begin to close the loop to Loch Garten and back to the start.
It was a big day in the end, lots of pedalling, some good fun on the descents and definitely some new MTB experiences to take back to California. Nice to pedal with you both.
blog by Ian Sikora, thanks again to Nicola at Elephants in the Pantry, Grantown on Spey for the lovely cake & quiche and Lindsay at BaseCampBikes, Grantown on Spey for sorting Kevin & Amber with some great bikes!