Matt, Adrienne, Oscar and Maika are well practiced mountain bikers. Living in Whistler in Canada with the trails very cl;ose to their front door means they have fantastic access to some of the best riding in the world. So on their trip to Scotland they wanted to try some of our awesome trails, to see the landscape above the tree line and have a lot of fun as well. So we did exactly that!
We got the bikes from Nevis Cycles at Nevis Range and did a couple of loops around the trail centre routes to get used the bikes and the trails. There's a bit of difference between the grades of trails in Canada and Scotland. After a wee stop for hard boiled eggs we went up to the Allt a'Mhuilinn and up the walkers trail towards the North Face of Ben Nevis. This is a super technical trail and not for beginner riders. Despite being just seven and ten years old, Oscar and Maika did amazingly well and we got a good way up the trail before turning round for the descent. We only had one pinch flat which says a lot about the standard of riding.
Back down in the forest we enjoyed the world champs red and came back through the whole in the wall to MacKenzies Road back to Nevis Range. Six hours of riding is plenty for most folks and for the youngsters it was a big day despite the sweet blaeberries to keep us going. It was really nice to be on the bike today and to spend the day with a great family showing off the riding here in Scotland.
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