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The Story Continues

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In the slightly cold and damp conditions of a Scottish summer the story continues.

Day 3 – Drumlanrig to Dalbeattie. The longest day of the week started
with the delights of more Drumlanrig singletrack. Afterward, we headed
out into the hills and over a super drovers road towards Ae Forest.
Joining the Ae-Line part way round we took in all the best descents,
finishing with Omega Man. I rode in the good company of Charlie
Eustace and Paul Murrin most of the day, and we set a good pace to
knock off 110km in 6 hours 2 minutes.

Day 4 kicked off with special stage #2 at Dalbeattie. An intense stage
of 15km on technical rocky built trails hurt tired legs from the
previous few days. I managed a good performance, nearly catching
Charlie, who was a little over 30 seconds or so ahead of me overall.

The link stage to New Abbey was made via more Dalbeattie trails to get
us to the coast overlooking the Solway Firth with the Lakes beyond.
From there a long forest road climb took us back to Mabie for some
fine off-route singletrack and on to the camp in just over 52km.

Tomorrow starts again with a special stage of 10km before heading to
Moffat via Ae Forest again. I’m currently in 9th overall, but very
little separates those between 10th and 6th, so a lot to ride for.

Rob Lee has pulled out because of illness which is why everybody has moved up a place. Hope you feel better soon Rob.

Ian is feeling very upbeat even though his legs are feeling a little tired. He is enjoying all the Scottish trails.

Next update soon, Beth


Trans Scotland.

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For all of those who wonder how Ian is getting on up there in Scotland. I have been left in charge of up dating on his Blog. Beth.

I will let Ian tell you the story so far……

‘Day 1 – Selkirk to Moffat. Rain followed us out of Selkirk for the
start of the event. The forest trails were a bit slippy to begin with,
before we headed up into the forests and the hills beyond. The rain
finally eased off after lunch, but the cool wind persisted. A steep
push took us to the highest point of the week, 480m, with a
spectacularly steep descent back down into the valley and into Moffat.
Total distance: 77.3km, 1680m ascent.

Day 2 – Moffat to Drumlanrig. A shorter link stage today, before the
special stage in the evening. Alan and I rode together most of the
day, and we helped each other maintain a good pace. A long forest
track climb quickly established some altitude which joined the
southern upland way, and a super-fast roman road track that was the
highlight of the day. Total distance: 43.6km, 970m ascent.

Special stage 1 – Drumlanrig. We had about 5 hours rest before the
10km special stage. Drumlanrig is known for its technical riding, and
the course a brilliant tech-fest of tight rooty turns and rocky drops
to really test your skill. I completed the lap in 38:34 to finish in
10th in the solo. Al posted a time of 41:38 for 16th place.

Overall, I’m happy so far with how things have gone. Tomorrow’s course
looks tough, taking in Ae forest, Mabie and Dalbeattie totalling 100km.
A special stage on Thursday at Dalbeattie should also be quite

There will be another update soon, if his phone batteries last that long………..