January – Strathpuffer 24hr Solo MTB race
The Strathpuffer solo is one of the toughest bike races in the world with 24 hours of riding in the far north of Scotland in winter. It gets cold, really cold and there’s 17 hours of darkness. My water froze, the track turned icy and I was sick so went to sleep. I awoke to find I was still in 6th place. Unfortunately I missed an entry for 2018….
February – Cairngorms
Splitboard touring in February in a dramtic looking mountain backdrop…
March – Touring on the Isles of Mull and Iona
Bikepacking on the isle of Rum was an awesome trip;
We also explored the bothys of the Scottish Borders in March too.
April – Splitboard Touring in the Lyngen Alps, Norway
Stunning views of the Northern lights from the Arctic circle;
May – The 300km Jeraboam ‘Gravel’ race in the picturesque Italian Alps
Ed was pleased to be 3rd back in the first edition of this 300km and 6000m of climbing challenge, having ridden right through the night.
June – Bikepacking across; Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bulgaria
Just a quick tour across the Balkans that was amazing!
Marion also won the Glentress 7 hour solo MTB race in Scotland for the second year running!
July – Touring to England from Scotland via a side trip to Tibet
August – Tour of the Altai Mountains – Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and Russia
An epic loop that rates as probably the most interesting bike journey to date…watch the blog for more details in 2018!
The sand dunes mark the border between Kazakhstan and China, one of the most remarkable border lines literally drawn in the sand!
Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia;
September – Germany, Austria and Switzerland
For Eurobike and testing the new Lauf Grit bike and a MTB journey in Switzerland.
October – Trans Scotland Bikepacking route
First was Aviemore to Glasgow off road in amazing Autumn colours
General Wade’s military road.
November – Trans Scotland Bikepacking route number 2
Bikepacking from Inverness to Pitlochry via Loch Ossian SYHA was a fun trip
December – Getting big on Gravel
Finding new day routes in the Scottish Borders on endless gravel and forest tracks.
And then exploring the lake District…
Altogether not a bad 2017, it seems we’ve kept busy. I expect 2018 might be busier but maybe with less countries visited……