8 hours saddle time. The first loop headed out into the Raby Estate for some slogging but also some super trails through the woods.
Then two laps of Hamsterley – some of the usual trails and some other. I missed the official cut-off for the last lap by 5 minutes, but carried on and completed it on my own anyway. I still managed to catch up people that had made the cut off.
It was a great event all in aid of Great North Air Ambulance.
The one where Kirsty came snowboarding, where we did tourist stuff in Banff, where Kirsty got rescued off a mountain, and where Phil and Adrian did Delirium Dive THREE TIMES, and where Megan did it for her first time. The one where Adrian went heliboarding and no-one was jealous AT ALL…!
The one where we ate like kings and queens on top of the mountain and the one where “I’m going snowboarding”…
A long weekend trip with my brother. It was the last week of the season. There weren’t even any bus transfers so the holiday began with a beautifully scenic train journey from Geneva airport to Bourg St Maurice followed by a local bus from there.
The first two days were searing heat and full on melt, but then.. the snow came, and just kept coming. By the last day we were literally thigh deep from the top of the glacier. Zero visibility, but who cares!?
The Gisburn Forest red “8” trail is as brilliant as it is brutal. Unforgiving and seemingly never ending. It’s all worth it for “hully gully” – the closest you’ll come to dancing on your bike, or riding down a roller coaster!!
I also did the blue as a warm up – even that was pretty good and tricky in places!!