If it’s good enough for Sir Chris Hoy, then it’s good enough for anyone.
For me the cycling season is neatly bracketed by the twice-yearly changing of the clocks. Although it’s not too long until we jump forward an hour and welcome the lighter evenings, there is still some time left to enjoy the darkness that we have left.
Cycling on the chain of islands that make up the Outer Hebrides is unlike any other kind of biking. The islands are wild and remote with a healthy dash of windswept thrown in for good measure, but the experience will stay with you forever.
Riding for 24 hours - 17 of those in darkness, in the depths of a Scottish winter - may not seem like everybody’s way to enjoy a bike ride, but it certainly has caught the imagination of a lot of cyclists and at 10am today hundreds more will be charging towards their bikes for the 13th annual Strathpuffer.
I’ve often been heard to make bold statements along the lines of “If I could only ride one cycling discipline for the rest of my life it would be on the track.” While not being strictly true, it’s not far off and riding at the velodrome remains one of my most enjoyable cycling activities.
Scot’s cycling bucket list continues with some off the best mountain biking in the UK
Number one on any self-respecting cyclist’s bucket list should be a ride the Bealach na Ba.
Everyone seems to have a bucket list now – that list of achievements you must experience in your lifetime. For cyclists and others alike many of those activities involve spending lots of money to travel around the world. Even dreams such as riding up Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, are out of many people’s reach.
It’s always nice for us cyclists to find presents in our Christmas stocking that are related to our two-wheeled passion. However, and without sounding too ungrateful, often the presents can be well intentioned, but not perhaps not what you were hoping for.
People who work in the outdoors are often heard to declare that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Thanks to our unpredictable weather, being a cyclist in Scotland can be difficult at this time of year, making our clothing choices much more complicated.