Ardnamurchan Gravel Weekend
August was a busy month for Burners activities and it kicked off with a trip to Ardnamurchan for a weekend of rides on new roads, with a 14 mile gravel section along Loch Shiel one of the highlights.
Over 20 Burners (and friends) made the long journey north to our accommodation at the Ariundle Centre on the outer edge of Strontian city centre …
First up was a warm-up ride heading south, before picking up the road to Lochaline and heading back to Strontian. Warm-up is the perfect description as there were several hills on the route to get us up to speed. Like so much of the weekend, the views were spectacular (even if the road surfaces weren’t !!!).
The food served at the centre was excellent, so we didn’t have to travel for anything. Just as well, as the weather was pretty sketchy apart from when we were on our bikes, which makes a change.
The next day dawned wet and misty but was dry by the time we were due to set off, and stayed like that for the rest of the day. Straight from the bunkhouse we were straight onto Polloch Hill, which climbs to 1167 feet in about 2.5 miles. You could tell from the smiling faces how much everyone enjoyed it !!! Strangely the downhill on the other side wasn’t half as much fun. A wet surface, 20% slopes, wet mossy roads and blind bends do not make for a relaxing descent. We all made it down in one piece though, and were straight onto the gravel section. That was tough going in places, especially for Paul S who had enough punctures to last a year. Once that was over there were no further mechanical issues of note.