Better equipment, techniques and coaching has seen the rapid development of this fantastic sport in recent years. At Bigfoot we are all very excited to be running mountain bike training and expeditions at Gold. We will utilise the “Go Mountain Bike scheme” working through to level 3 by the end of training. This scheme is both current and relevant and aims to help us all become better and safer riders. Click on the “Go Mountain bike” link to find out more. In addition we will adapt the expeditioning skills learnt at Silver so participants can then design and complete a suitable adventurous journey. In the past groups have circumnavigation the Cairngorms and peddled the length of the Speyside way including the Tomintoul spur. Mountain bikes and "Bob" trailers are provided.
We meet riders at school before training commences to ensure that we are all aware of what we are taking on and to discuss expectations. We would expect that all riders have:-
- Love and affection for their machines
- Have a healthy attitude to personal safety and protective clothing and equipment
- Have reasonable bike fitness and control
- Have been to a trail centre and ridden blue routes
- Have completed a half day off road journey on a natural route (hill or forestry tracks)
We will also have a “show and tell” session so riders know what clothing and equipment to bring along to the practice/training expedition in addition to normal camping and hiking gear.
We will be based in the Aviemore area and camp in Glenmore for 3 nights.
The first 2 days will be spent working on riding skills utilising both the man made trail centres and natural single track in the area.
Bike maintenance and repairs will be ongoing including improvised trail side fixes and techniques.
We will plan and complete an overnight journey of a realistic length and duration. We will be using "Bob" trailers (provided) to carry gear. Navigation particular to cycling will be practiced throughout.
All team members will have a full debrief and training plan before leaving.
In 2015 students completed a self contained circumnavigation of the Cairngorms utilising suitable mountain tracks and paths. The overall distance covered daily depended on the technical nature and condition of the tracks along with the prevailing weather conditions. The 5 riders began and finished in Braemar and covered a total of 120 Kilometres camping in Glen Feshie, Ryvoan and Inchrory. This was a particularly challenging route was susceptible to problematic river crossings in the upper Feshie. Since then groups have twice cycled the length of the Speyside Way including a stunning link to the Tomintoul spur. Bigfoot staff continually research potential "off road" routes and can offer best advise and guidance on journey choice.