A guest post from Sarah Boyle, who recently took her Montague X50 folding bike on a trip to Scotland. Enjoy!
Day One. 100 mile drive to Fort Augustus in the Scottish highlands. Glad to get out of the car and have a ride along the towpath on my X50 to watch the boats descend through a series of locks from the Caledonian canal to Loch Ness on their way from coast to coast.
Day 2 at the Nevis Range – Aonach Mor, where the Downhill biking World Cup challenge takes place.
This has been voted best event in the world for the past three years. It’s the only World Cup venue in the UK and the only course with gondola access. The downhill is also very long and testing, with a vertical drop of 525m and a length of 2.66km, fast riders take four to five minutes. Big Rocky straights, Bus stops, tight bermed corners, rock gardens, exposed hillside, slab rock, forest single track, tight gullies and big jumps all feature before riders drop down the wall and into the finish.
This is an expert level track, best tackled on a downhill bike, however it can provide a challenge to any rider with moderate skills on just about any mountain bike. I was tempted to bring the X50 up on the gondola for photos, but I would probably have had to bring it back down again! Think I’ll stick to the lower level tracks. We watched some riders from the gondola, the adrenalin rush must be amazing!
This image is of my nephew, Damien McCormick, biking in Knochshegowna Hill, Ireland
Day 3 was to Urquahart castle along Loch Ness by road.
After a head hurting downpour I was lucky enough to capture this shot of a low rainbow over the loch.
Day 4 back to Perthshire, which has it’s own share of mountain, forest and lakeside tracks, then on to the Fife coast and Pittenweem Art Festival. This is a beautiful, picturesque village with lovely old cobbled streets to ride down. All the Exhibits are on display in local people’s houses, which is fun. Not all the artwork was indoors however, there were several bike sculptures on display.
The Montague Swissbike X50 folding bike made it very easy to bring my bike along on this trip, since I could fold it whenever necessary. I really don’t want the summer to end. However I’m looking forward to doing a bike maintenance course during the winter months so I can keep my X50 in good order!