The bike meet returned to South West Scotland this year, staying again at the excellent Minigaf youth hostel near Newton Stewart. An ever popular meet with a good turn out of members despite several regulars being missing due to the call of the camels in Morrocco. Saturday dawned cloudy and dry, a strong team headed for the local single track trails of Kirroughtree Forrest with another team heading for the trails around Clatteringshaw Loch. The Kirroughtree team agreed on a mass attempt at the renowned Black Crags Trail 31km of red grade with black sections for those feeling more ambitious. Although the full suspension and body armour would have been handy at times the day was a huge success, the 'macmoab' section (think rock climbing on a bike) perhaps being the most challenging. The evening meal in the Bridge of Cree hotel being supplemented with tails of the days thrills and spills.
Sunday threatened rain, so the roadies headed for the coast and Wigtown bay taking a circular route with options for a quick escape back to the hostel. The ATB team headed for the Forrest trails of Mabie near Dumfries. The excellent Phoenix single track trail was a delight , but beware of the tree roots folks! Oh and it rained, it came at lunch time on Sunday. Horizontal, heavy and cold (as only it can in Scotland), nought to saturated in five seconds may give an idea as to its intensity, perhaps Mabie could do with a rain canopy! Despite the rain a grand day was had by all, indeed the whole weekend was excellent. Thanks to Kev for his continued support and super organisation of this annual event, the popularity of ATB's and singletrack riding is growing nationally and its good to see the club catering for it with seasonal side events.