Saturday, 17 August 2013

Venez Ici - Allez Partout

Working for the legend that is Andy McKenna from Go-Where Scotland, Craig met Daniel 'True Lies', a French-Canadian living the dream in Geneva, at Glasgow Airport and spent a great week showing him some of Scotland's finest biking in the Tweed Valley and Andy's Crown Jewels Deeside secret trails, which he has scoped and bled over.

Danile had spent a week biking around Zermatt in preparation for his Scottish tour and, like Crowded House, brought the weather with him - well done Daniel :)

Each day went better than the last and after two epics in the Borders, including some excellent Scottish fair at Innerleithen's best Indian restaurant, we headed north to Braemar, where we met Bill, and had awesome riding around the trails - best descent for some considerable time according to Daniel.

Great food and hospitality helped make for a  great week but the highlights, bar the biking of course, were the truly amazing Dunkeld sandwiches (8 bread choices and 26 filling Scotland??!!?!) and our mutual love for ice cream - sampled every day in every flavour...mmm :))

Two more classic days in the hills in the southern 'Gorms gave Daniel a real sense of Scotland's beauty and abundance of biking opportunities.  Fantastic descents (some rideable others merely survivable!); tough but manageable climbs and one hike-a-bike saw us complete some 4500m of ascent and descent over the week - Go-Where for biking...Go-Scotland of course!
The 'merely survivable' approaches - Daniel contemplates
Daniel cooling his triceps as well as his brakes!
Pic of the week?

Daniel gives the holiday the big 'thumbs up' :)
After a full on week of laughs, pumped arms and legs, and superb biking, Craig and Bill were sad to bid Daniel a fond farewell, as he headed home.  He leaves with a new insight into Scotland's biking, hospitality, good food (even for a vegetarian in the Highlands!) and, of course, renewed respect for our ice cream, Dunkeld deli sandwiches and curries.

Haste ye back - always welcome :) Especially on your new flying carpet...hope it's like the Audi R8...