Until this week I hadn’t ridden the trails around the upper part of Comrie Croft, although I had been up there photographing others in action, as at the recent Cream o’ the Croft mountain biking festival.
I had previously ridden the blue trail from below the upper wood to the hostel buildings with Fiona ‘Outdoors’ Russell. That is a lovely, sloping section of trails with flowing bumps and berms that make it feel like a roller coaster.
But is took a visit by Jon Sparks, another fellow member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, to get me up onto the really gnarly stuff. He was camping a couple of nights at Comrie Croft with his partner Bernie, before they headed to Islay for a 100km road ride.
The three of us hired bikes for the afternoon from Comrie Croft Bikes and threaded the winding uphill trail high up into the wood. Here the going got harder as we joined the rocky red trail up over pine-covers knolls and through vigorous birch regeneration. From the high point we paused to take in the fabulous views over Strathearn and on upwards towards Ben Chonzie.
Once back in the saddle there was little time to take in anything other than the line ahead and the bouldery obstacles we had to surmount. The trail gave us a really good workout, but we found the red hard enough so gave the black runs a miss. We had a super finish, zooming down the blue run and reaching the bottom with big grins on our faces.
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