Sure enough at 3.30am on Saturday morning some barking mad Scottish folk fueled by the products of the finest distilleries in the land left an incomprehensible answer phone message telling me what a great evening I was missing. Wish I could have been there it sounded like a good time was had by all up in the hills above Glentress.

Planning for the inaugural (in association with transalp is now progressing nicely. The countdown has started to next July when the lucky few will be escaping from the UK to head out to some of the best big mountain riding in Europe, to cross borders, pass over cols and drink cold beers at the end of dusty alpine days. I’m looking forward to it.

News in the world of bikes includes the fact that Bontrager is going to produce some carbon rimmed mountain bike disc wheels following on in the footsteps of the likes of HED and ZIPP. Quite how they’ll hold up to boulder fields remains to be seen… Meanwhile SRAM is getting geared up to hit the road market.

More graffiti with a message here.

How illegal is it to vandalize a wall if the wall itself has been deemed unlawful by the International Court of Justice?

The Israeli government is building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. It stands three times the height of the Berlin wall and will eventually run for over 700km – the distance from London to Zurich.

The International Court of Justice last year ruled the wall and its associated regime is illegal. It essentially turns Palestine into the worlds largest open-air prison. It also makes it the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti writers.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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