Well today’s ride was my first attempt at getting up The Nebit, one of the hills in the Ochils, Alva sits at the foothill of it. It was a misty start to the day but as the day wore on it became sunny and warm, to the point I was swimming in my own sweat going up the damn hill. Quick strip down in cloths allowed me to cycle up in just my cycle top and trousers. I was expecting it to be cold and windy at the top but as it turned out it was quite pleasant. Anyway the gravel track allowed me to cycle most of the way up but the last 100m accent had me pushing the bike up hills again Thankfully I could cycle down it a lot easier and basically did a big loop over the hill. Meet some other mountain bikers coming up on the way down. Now that I’ve found a good way to access the hills I can make an attempt at Ben Cleuch, the highest hill in the Ochils (721m), the Nebit is only (449m) but that might wait till next year since I would only do it in good weather. Anyhow got some good pic’s
Well its another dull day but at least it’s not windy. First went to the new Helix park which is now open although it’s only half done as most of it won’t be finished until 2014, but you can ride around the park if you want. Then onto the Ochils and Glendeven Reservoir which I hadn’t been up, until now, but was one of those places I wanted to explore. Another lots of hills day with sore legs but at least I didn’t fall off my bike this time, still sporting the bruises from last Saturdays excursion
So it’s a nice day therefore I would do some mountain/road biking. Rode to Lennoxtown and up Crow road (Hill) until I reached the car park there. I then went off road up to Crichtons Cairn which with hindsight was not a good idea. I’ve never been up it and didn’t know what to expect, unfortunately it was ridiculously steep! One concerned hill walker asked me if I was ok after I fell pass her on the way down the hill, even pushing my bike up and down the hill I fell a couple of times. Ok for hill walkers, crazy stupid for mountain bikers, and some crazy fool actually managed to ride down the hill past me! Too much for me so won’t be going up again. Anyhow it was back on the road back to Kilsyth and up Tak Ma Doon Road which is manageable, along to Denny and back to Falkirk. Over 3800 feet climbed and 48 miles clocked up.
Didn’t ride yesterday as I was cutting the stupid grass, so did a quick sprint around the Forth today. Unfortunately some cunt of an insect decided to fly under my helmet and sting me whilst crossing the forth road bridge. I must have looked like a crazed idiot banging and shaking my head and swearing a lot, I was furious and the bastard insect got away >:( my head still hurts 2 hours later…