Ryan’s Rootbeer Rivendell Rosco Bubbe | The Radavist

Since fitting a front rack to my drop bar MTB, I’ve become a big fan.

Source: Ryan’s Rootbeer Rivendell Rosco Bubbe | The Radavist



Divided – Screening and Intro by Lee Craigie, Ellon – May 23rd


In 2017, Rickie Cotter and Lee Craigie raced the Tour Divide – a self supported mountain bike race following the continental divide from Canada, across the USA to the border with Mexico. In addition to dealing with all the other challenges involved in the world’s longest mountain bike time trial, Rickie and Lee decided to film their attempt. Divided is the result of that effort and tells the story of their Tour Divide.

This event has been organised to raise funds for Emily Stewart’s 2018 World Challenge expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  As well as a physically challenging trek, the Ellon Academy team will undertake a community focused project.  A Q&A with Lee will follow the screening of the film.

Tickets available here


Ellon Community Campus
Kellie Pearl Way
AB41 8LF

2017 Annual Review in Photos

January – #BTTM17


February – The final Dig In


March – Gravel rides around Deeside


(and a trip to the velodrome for Freya)


April – Scottish Enduro Series : Round 2, Pitfichie


May – Deeside Trail


June – Lochore SXC with Finn


July – Comrie Croft


August – Car-free Island Heaven


September – Last dusty trails of the year, Glenlivet


October – Halloween Mini-Maidens Ride out for Freya, Dunkeld


November – NE Youth MTB Series, Tarland Trails

December – Pressendye



Northern Lightweights Review of 2017

We’re only a few days from the solstice, when the world slowly creaks on it’s axis and light starts to seep back into this part of the northlands. As thoughts turn to plans for next years’ adventures, I thought I’d put together a quick recap of some of my bike-related highlights from 2017.

Best Online Resource

It’s rare that I’d visit a site to check what’s new, rather than follow them on Instagram, but it’s always a pleasure to pop into the visually stunning Bikepacking.com.

Favourite Event

I enjoyed marshalling the Practice Day at the Scottish Enduro Series Round 2 – Pitfichie so much I dragged the kids to watch Day 2. Entries are now open for the 2018 Round in September.

Best New Thing

A big tip of the hat to Colin Esslemont for kickstarting a MTB revolution in NE Scotland. So starved has the region been of XC MTB racing that a former pro took part in NE MTB Series Round 2. With more rounds to come over the winter, XC MTB racing for kids and adults is back.

Best Bike Movie

How to have fun in the woods with your mates. Features actual fireworks, dirt bikes and some incredible riding.

A Bigger Slice of British Pie

Favourite Photograph

John Watson’s 4WD trips and landscape images of the hills of the western US desert country are awe-inspiring, but I love how this shot emphasises the simple joy of riding bikes downhill in the mountains.

Best Magazine

Bunyan Velo is a collection of photographs, essays and stories celebrating the simple pleasures of traveling by bike.”

Most fun ride

We spent a week in SW Scotland at Easter, exploring new trails, beaches and crags. The highlight for me was our day out on the Kirroughtree Red with Freya, Finn, Jo and the Baxters.

Most Fun Ride – Runner Up


Also nominated in the Type 3 Fun Category, since it involved one member of the party going to hospital. Our Deeside Trail ride in May was slightly derailed when Derek cracked a rib on Ballater, but the rest of the party managed two great days of riding and eating in the eastern Cairngorms.

Best Beer

Tempest Brewing Co – Long White Cloud