Four of our guiding team took part in one of the toughest mountain bike events in the world – the infamous Strathpuffer 24hr winter race.
Here’s how the organisers describe it:
“Freezing temperatures. 17 hours of darkness. Miles upon miles of gruelling terrain. A brutal mix of ice, wind, hail, mud and snow, and maybe, just maybe, a glorious Scottish winter sunrise…When it comes to mountain bike challenges, they don’t come much tougher or more rewarding than the Strathpuffer – the legendary 24 hour mountain bike endurance event held every year in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of winter.”
Sounds tough, eh? With a load of grit, determination and camaraderie (plus pit banter and support from Paul’s wife Shauna & clan chief Andy) Aneela, Charley, Paul and Davy managed twenty laps riding through treacherously icy conditions in -8 temps .
They first aided injured riders and stopped to fix punctures when the icy conditions got the better of some (once a guide always a guide).
They got told off by a race veteran for having way too much fun 🙈.
They placed 16th in their class.
We are very proud of this crew and we hope you have the opportunity to ride with them on one of our mountain bike, gravel or bikepacking tours of Scotland. We thoroughly enjoyed supporting and cheering these heroes on at Strathpuffer. It’s a one of a kind event. You should try it some day! 💪🏴❤️
p.s. watch out for Aneela’s extended blog about her own Strathpuffer experience coming soon