So todays event is the Evans cycles Lanark ride and again it’s a wet windy day. I’ve opted to do the medium ride as the long one would probably got me caught in the thunder storms forecast. With a westerly wind the north south course meant it wasn’t too bad just had to deal with the cross winds and the rain was light. Last year was so much better we had great sunny weather and I was able to do the long route but it wasn’t to be the case this year
Another stupid windy day so decided to do a smaller ride. Along Carron Valley to Fintry, down to Kippen, along to Stirling and back home for lunch.
Well it was a nice sunny day but again strong winds making my life difficult. Decided to ride to Cupar, it’s been a while since I’ve gone there and I usually just ride through it on my way to St Andrews. It would be a long tough ride mostly for me having a tailwind to Cupar but the headwind all the way home, 45 miles in a head wind sucks but even more so since I’ve already cycled the 45 miles to Cupar. Anyway made it home albeit slightly slower that usual.
Well this was a tough ride! not a particularly long one but tough because of the hills and the fucking headwind. I decided I would ride around Loch Tay and Loch Earn. Loch Earn is a nice ride I’ve done it before but I’ve never ridden around Loch Tay and I may think twice about doing again especially into the damn wind. The loop starts at Creiff and head towards Aberfeldy then along Loch Tay and around to Loch Earn and back to Creiff. To get to Aberfeldy I had to ride up a 1400 foot hill which wasn’t too bad as at this time I wasn’t cycling against the wind but once I got past Aberfely I was into a strong headwind heading up hill past Loch Tay. This seemed to stretch on forever and by the time I got to Killin I was knackered and in for a large slap in the face. I didn’t know about the hill up to Glenogle which was a hard 1000 foot climb. I was in first gear all of the way and suffering because I was still fighting the frigging wind.Thank god by the time I got down to Loch Earn it was a flat ride but I was really struggling now and still had 20 miles to go. Thankfully I now had a tailwind which pushed me back to Creiff otherwise I would have been in trouble and going very slow indeed. It even had the cheek to get cloudy and start to rain a little but it didn’t last long. 74 hard miles clocked up and I’m glad to be home.