Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Highland Trail 550 Race Overview.

In the last week of May 2014 I completed the Highland Trail 550. 550+ miles of bikepacking through the Highlands of Scotland.

The route devised by Alan Goldsmith, starts at Tyndrum and visits the Mamores, Corrieyairack, Oykel Bridge, Assynt, Foinaven, Glen Canisp, Torridon, Kintail and Glen Affric, before returning to Tyndrum.

The terrain is varied, but can overall be decribed as tough. There are extended sections where pushing or carrying the bike is the only option. The rewards though are some magnificent riding on deserted and varied trails.

Beautiful and remote places I'd not visited before, were my main motivation for doing the event. It's been some years since I've been on a proper adventure too. Though a "race" I had no aspirations for a place on the podium. I was realistic enough to know that getting round with myself and my bike in one piece would be challenge enough.

Though I did make it to the end, it was not without some trials, for both my body and my bike.

I met some great like minded folk, but also spent many days with just myself for company.

An adventure that pushed me past what I thought was possible, and that was good.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

The End.

Kit List.

Strava logs of each day below.


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