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PATH OF A PRINCE

Pete Scullion continues his tour of the north’s coffn roads. Ancient byways that were the final journey for the dead and which conveniently make great trails for the living.

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For countless thousands every year, the A87 that runs across north-west Scotland allows easy access to the unspoiled spectacle of the Western Highlands. They gaze at the many, many Munros from the comfort of the driving seat, instead of looking at the road, much to the dismay of the locals. What many miss is the history, and a tumultuous history it is at that, of Scotland and its Highlands.

Centuries before the A82 met the A87 west of Invermoriston, taking traffic through towards Skye, the military road built by William Caulfield, the successor to General Wade, wound its way along the northern shore of Loch Garry, before swinging north from Tomdoun and into Glen Shiel.

The locals seem friendly enough…
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We’ve got our usual dose of adventure for you, with three UK based rides to inspire you to hit the trails. Path of a Prince – Pete Scullion takes us on another historical Coffin Road tour, this time in the wilds of Scotland, in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Trail Hunter – Border Blasting – Tom Fenton heads to the northern fringes of England in search of more of the best trails the UK has to offer, this time skirting the Scottish/English border on a frigid day. Classic Ride – Duddon Valley – Tom Hutton takes us on a tour on the Western side of the Lake District – away from the big tourist crowds, but still big on scenery. Quit Your Job – We look at people who have made the leap from ‘normal’ jobs to working in the bike industry. Could you quit the rat race and turn your hobby into a job? Bamboozled – Wil takes on a build-your-own bamboo bike kit. Will he glue himself to the frame? Will he be attacked by a panda? Will he build himself a bike, or a bike shaped object? Wil tells us the tale through his epoxy-induced high. Bike Test – Unsprung Heroes – Chipps checks out fully rigid bikes from Kona, Pinnacle and Surly and discovers that no suspension doesn’t mean no fun. It just needs a re-evaluation of your outlook. Group Test – Platform Clip Ins – Wil checks out eight pairs of pedals with platforms for support as well as cleats for security. Full reviews of the best four will be published in this issue, along with summaries of the runners up. Room 101 Charlie The Bikemonger sets all judicial process to one side and passes his decrees on what will or will not be banished from the cycling world for ever. Column: Jason Miles Our award winning columnist is settling in to his new life in Scotland – by going on a ski holiday, where he learns that being a beginner again can be refreshing. And finding a whole new avenue of kit to need.
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