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.
I have been into mountain biking most of my life. I grew up in the north of Scotland (Morayshire) and lived in the countryside, so I always had to cycle everywhere to meet up with friends. I moved to Edinburgh when I was 17 and was often a regular at Glentress, the mountain bike tracks near Peebles. I have completed the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way on the bike too. A good few years ago I broke my collar bone coming off a big jump so took it a little easy after that! Also having 2 kids and being busy with work (Tesco Bank) means I don’t get out as much as I used to.
I have participated in Strathpuffer before. The weather was very cold (ice and snow) and it’s quite gruelling, but also really satisfying and fun to be part of a team. I have 2 longtime friends participating with me so there will be a lot of laughs and a few beers the night before (not too many!)
I’m really happy to be doing this for LifeCare too. I think it’s a fantastic charity.
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