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CLASSIC RIDE A VIEMORE GREEN LOCK

OUR MAN PETE TAKES A TRIP TO THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS TO UNCOVER A TINY TIP OF THE RIDING AVAILABLE THERE.

Battleship grey skies greet the Mikes Bikes crew in Aviemore and offer stark contrast to the warm glow of the famous Mountain Café, the meeting point for today’s venture. Coffee and cooked breakfast stoke the boilers before rolling out on the Old Logging Way that makes up the cruisey opening miles of this classic. The Mikes Bikes contingent of Sally, Euan and Bruce is bolstered by Georgia from the UK’s branch of the Big S, out today to scalp her first Scottish peak.

‘I wanna go over there’.

Heather is in full bloom and gives the whole forest a distinct purple hue as the pace is kept high to warm the legs and keep the ever-present midgies at bay. The route out to Glenmore Lodge is all off-road bar the two road crossings, making this a delightful traffic-free blast through the ancient pines of the Rothiemurchus Forest. Mile after mile pass at a pace more akin to a Sunday road ride than a Highland mountain bike ride, such is the nature of the lower slopes of Cairngorm. The tall, thin pines often give way to centuries-old Scots Pines, twisted and warped by the passing of time, each one in its own unique way. A thick canopy keeps the worst of the weather out, offering the perfect place to shelter should the weather turn sour before we reach the open slopes of the latter half of our route. We weave our way through Glenmore Lodge and out the other side, where the mountains start to close in. Here, one feather in Aviemore’s cap, the endless fast fire road gallop options comes to an end, and another begins. The open hillside blast.

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