Not been on Trailscotland for a very long time so I thought I might post a cracking but tough ride from Saturday. At last we were promised decent weather for a romp over Mayar and Dreish. The reality was that it was overcast with a few bright spells with biting winds up on the tops. However this was ideal for stopping us overheating as the climb up coire Fee is an unrelenting one. One point of note is that the Kilbo path has eroded badly over the years and what was once a grassy track with ruts and the odd rock has become a deep trench filled with large boulders and loose rocks midway down the open section on the Shank of Drumfollow. This to me is totally unrideable but thankfully further on the rocks give way to peaty, lumpy grass before entering into the conifers. This section is technical but entirely doable. Just watch out for walkers coming up as i had to dive into a gully to avoid walkers on the high line i was riding.
The fireroad climb ends and Coire Fee beckons
The bowl of Coire Fee
The end of the pedaling and the start of the hikey bikey up the headwall
Andy and Arthur working hard
Pass walkers, walkers pass you, you pass them, they pass you.. Repeat.
The trail now heads straight up
Just don't wear flat shoes for this.
Icy wind on the top
The start of the technical Kilbo path on the Shank of Drumfollow
The easy initial section of the Kilbo path
The path starts to get technical here and further on becomes unrideable. Don't listen to the peeps that say they cleaned it.
Going gets easier here on the entrance to the woods
After an entertaining technical section littered with rocks, roots and gullies you have to cross the Slippery stepping stones
A welcome flow through the trees on the Kilbo path
Loads of lovely sections of trail unfold all the way down