The Plan for saturday was was to drive westwards cross country to Kirroughtree and ride the legendary red and black run combo. The lure of highly rated trails and challenges like McMoab and Heartbreak Hill were too good to miss. The trails lived up to our collective expectations with massive lengths of swoopy Singletrack that had is all grinning at the end. The trails were pedally but flowed and it was fair to say that we rocked around.
The legendary bits of trail proved to be every but as good as we had hoped and every but as evil. Towards the end of the day one of the multistep rock drop downs proved to be too much for Tyrrells riding style and the forks on his bike, which blew through thru travel and promptly stopped, pitching him over the bars. Superman acrobatics led to a midair somersault to running landing off piste, saving some expensive dental work and facial reconstruction.
Shortly afterwards the terrain took another savage turn and took a big bite out of his rear tyre. The smarties cake wrapper came into play agains and with a swift patch up we were ready to roll again. The trails were great but it was a real work out in the wet conditions plugging through the route.
By the time we made it back to the car it was clear there was no way we could fit in a trip to Ae as well in one day. Of course by the time we made it back to the car the continual drizzle we had endured all day had disappeared and the sun had come out. That was just typical! In the end after a quick lunch stop by the time we reached Ae it was 4pm and with only an hour left of daylight it was time to crack onto Glentress. A cafe stop in Moffat allowed us to recover a bit before continuing the trip.