Sunshine, blue skies, bikes, dusty trails, new friends, old friends, trail pooch, coaching, guiding………good times.
Guiding has taken me out on my mountain bike several times in the big mountains both in Lochaber & Torridon, in the woods around Nevis Range.
But I have also digressed from my mountain bike to a gravel bike, and I put together an amazing adventure with a fantastic group of folk all connected to Evans Cycles to promote a new bicycle.
I took them on bumpy single track, smooth quiet roads, loose rocky tracks and undefined bog trotting trails all of course with stunning views. A film is soon to be released and ill be sure to let everyone see, meanwhile here are two links to piece written about the trip by writers who can actually make a sentence make sense rather than my witter!
LOCAL CLUB – West Highland Wheelers
The season has seen me organise a week long bike festival for the local club, holding events from a street race on mountain bikes down steps through allies and negotiating wheelie bins to social riding & racing in the woods, with music, BBQ’s, films and lots of pedalling.
We have since seen great results from a range of members in the last few weeks to name just a few, Louise Anna Ferguson being my current hero, within the last few weeks competing in British downhill, world enduro and now having just been in the 4X Pro Tour at the world cup this weekend as well as fore running the main event! Mikayla Parton winning the British Downhill in Fort William & SDA at Glencoe, hardy girls.
All the kids in the club racing hard and bringing back great results from mini downhill events. Stephen Dent racing hard on the road now selected for the British squad to represent in the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games. Ewan Thorburn (one of our guides) single speed European champ on home turf in Evanton, Lachlan Blair possibly getting the best result at a world cup for any local in elite catagory, 21st.
Plus I now need to send lots of luck out to Gill Barnes ( who has been working hard improving skill & technique on my coaching sesisons, please read on) & John Shirley competing in the Cross country, Alistair MacLennan & Fiona Beattie competing in downhill at the UCI MTB world masters championships in Andorra at the end of this month.
Huge inspiration and amazing role models on my door stop in Lochaber. 🙂
http://www.whwheelers.org/kids-club – more info re: the local club and what we do
I have also set up several coaching sessions specifically for those new to the sport or those wishing to brush up on core skills and find better flow on the natural trails.
These sessions have shown the value of group encouragement, patience & sense of humour to achieve, improve and grow in confidence. I have also grown in confidence and developed new ways of coaching skills & technique along with the confidence of the riders in the groups, some of which have become regulars.
Further sessions will be available for you to join in with, all with slightly different aims, please see the coaching page on the website or check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/westcoastbiking/
They are super friendly sessions, relaxed atmosphere, with some women only sessions. I am very enthusiastic to continue providing these sessions, seeing the development in the riders from simple adjustments to riding positions to new ways of thinking about line choice is great to see.
Thanks to all the support and those I’ve ridden with, I’m going to keep on rolling and build West Coast Biking with an aim to give more riders a fun adventure or help riders ride with more flow, confidence and inevitably faster. See you all soon out on two wheels. 🙂