Another very cold and frosty start this morning so I decided to ride to Gartgosh it wasn’t too far and I new my way without having to map a route. The leg out was up to Shieldhill and along to Slamannan but I was riding against the wind which made a cold day even colder with the wind chill. Suffice to say my hands and feet were cold numb and a little painful, I even had to put on a forth layer of clothing which I carry in my camelbak for said occasions. Thankfully once I hit Gartgosh I would have a tailwind and my feet and hands were able to warm up a little bit. Took the road to Westfield home as it was a little bit hillier which would also help me to warm up so by the time I got home I wasn’t a popsicle
Its a cold day but no frost thankfully so I decided to take a router over the Campsie Fells, going from Falkirk to Lennoxtown and up Crow Road. This to me down to Fintry and Kippen and the A811 which I rode along to Stirling. It was then up to Bannockburn and then back to Falkirk clocking up 53 miles.
Another frosty cold day to be cycling but a necessary evil, I did have plans of going up Crow road (hill climb) but when I saw the snow on the hills I thought better of it. So stuck to the lowlands today cycling to Kilsyth, past Croy and onto Cumbernauld. Then from Cumbernauld to Denny and over to Stirling but turn off before hitting Stirling to head back home via Falin and Airth.
Another cold start this morning but thankfully no frost. Headed into the wind going towards Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch, then into Stepps and back through Mollinsburn and Cumbernauld with the wind to Falkirk. 47 miles clocked and back in time for lunch.
Well it was another frosty start to the day and I didn’t have anywhere in mind to ride so I headed south up to Shieldhill and let the bike take me where ever it wanted. In the end I did a kind of figure 8 through Linlithgow following the quieter country roads with a few more hills thrown in for good measure, in total clocking up 45 miles.
Well it was a cold frosty start to this mornings ride but now that I have my road bike back I wanted to test the new groupset on the hills. It was along to Longcroft and up the first hill of the day a 25% shot sharp shock to the system thank god it’s a small hill and I had very low gear ratios, on my original groupset I wouldn’t have got up it. It was then onto the Ochil hills and up to Sheriffmuir a bigger hill but not quite as mental steep as the first but there are still some 15% sections in it. Then it was all down hill to Bridge of Allan and back home again clocking up 42 miles.
So it’s back to Carron Valley to find the rest of the trails I missed last week and this time I was able to find them all It’s basically a figure 8 spread over a 5 mile course. There are stretches of dirt track and then some off road cross country sections cycling through the woodland all specifically designed for MTB. It’s classed as RED level which means there are some tricky sections and jumps but nothing too technical. There are 2 levels above this BLACK and ORANGE where black is extreme and Orange is for experts but there are none of these types of trails around here. Anyway I did four laps clocking up just shy of 20 miles and it was a reasonable workout
With my road bike in for it’s service and modifications for the next 2 weeks I’m left with my mountain bike so I decided to hit the trails today. I’ve never been up the Carron Valley trails so this was new and as par usual I got a little lost going around. On my first attempt I ended up on the track that goes around the reservoir so had to take the road back to the site and on the second attempt I only manages to find about half of the trails with a few wrong turns here and there. So 15 miles clocked up and I’ll probably be back next weekend, weather depending, to see if I can find the rest
It was a pleasant day so I decided to ride to Kirkcaldy it was even sunny by the time I got there. Not a particularly long ride but its the last ride I’m going to get before heading out to Veitnam. Of course by the time I got back to Falkirk it was cloudy and overcast but still warm. Anyway 66 miles clocked up and thats it until I get back from my Charity ride in Vietnam and Cambodia
Another reasonable day, at least this time it didn’t rain, so decided to ride the A91 to Milnathort. First down to Stirling pick up the A91 and ride it all the way to Milnathort, turn round and ride back the way I came. Changed up the return route by going to Falin and hugging the Forth until I got near home. A far better speed this week none of this 14 mph crap back up to the 16 mph by now I’m knackered.