Informative, we always knew what was coming at us around the corner, what to look at and the history of where we were riding. We never felt in jeopardy and we all started and finished the rides with a smile on our faces. I think what really struck me is how genuine and utterly authentic you both are.
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Amazing biking and views and weather are brilliant to have and do, but ultimately without the warmth and care you both showed it would just fall flat. It has given me the confidence to be more independent. The fact we could go back and tackle our nemesis — not something you can always do with the boys.
A great way to forget about work and get over night shifts! Taking the trip on my own I was slightly concerned about how everything would work but as it turned out I had nothing at all to be worried about! From the second the van pulled up to its Edinburgh Park stop everyone was out chatting and introducing each other, immediately making me feel part of the group. It creat ed a great atmosphere with no one feeling under any pressure to do or not do anything. Also, throughout the week Andy and Huw tailored the daily timings and riding to the group which made for much more of a holiday feeling than I had expected!
Scotland is beautiful and there is so much to explore. We could not have done it without our guides Andy and Huw. I was blown away by their knowledge of biking and the terrain.
They also made us feel very welcome and comfortable with lots of laughs and stories on the trail and over delicious meals. It was an excellent way to explore scotland. He was informative and we always knew what was coming at us around the corner, what to look at and the history of where we were riding. He never put us in jeopardy and made sure we all started and finished the rides with a smile on our faces.
The trails here have something for everyone to enjoy, from long days out in remote backcountry to technical mountain trails in the main Cairngorm massif and loam-rich rollercoasters through the pines. With so much choice on offer we can tailor the riding to what you want to ride. The maze of pristine singletrack in Speyside is as varied as it is widespread, so join us on a trip off the beaten track and into the hills! Mountain biking by another name — riding the whole hill and sometimes getting off and carrying or pushing to reach those tricky to access but oh-so-worth-it descents.
Gravel riding combines the best of road and mountain-biking — consisting mostly of distance riding over unpaved roads, forest tracks — through mountain passes and glens to explore the unexplored. Transfers at the start of the trip are included we will assist with your return travel arrangements.
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Transfers at the finish of the trip are included we will assist with your outward travel arrangements. We employ robust late back procedures, and every trip has been fully risk assessed. Our guides are fully trained and qualified to the highest standards essential to operate in the mountain environments our trips take place. As well as being extraordinarily great human beings as standard! We believe these to be the most robust and rigorous qualifications in the business and the minimum standard for running trips like ours in Scotland.
Please read the following guidelines carefully to ensure you pick a mountain bike holiday in Scotland suited to your skill and fitness. The goal of the Technical Rating is to understand the ability of the rider as it pertains to obstacles, conditions and trail design.
This means it has nothing to do with your physical endurance, but is instead strictly a measure of your technical ability. Making sure you accurately rate your Technical Ability will ensure you have an exciting ride, while remaining within your ability level to keep you safe.
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You have never ridden a bicycle off-road before. You have no mountain biking skills. Maybe you are a roadie, or you have some mountain biking friends that want you to have as much fun as them and keep pushing you to come out riding with them. This will be your first introduction to the world of Mountain Biking. You are still new to mountain biking but have ridden off-road a few times before and have basic bike handling skills. You are comfortable on a mixture of double tracks and estate roads, and trails approximately 36 inches wide or more that are firm and stable, with mellower gradients, some rocks and roots but nothing too severe.
You are comfortable traversing unavoidable small obstacles such as roots and rocks that are up to 2 inches tall. You have been riding a mountain bike off-road for a season or two. You have consolidated basic bike handling skills and an appetite to progress to the next level. You are comfortable on a mixture of singletrack and landrover track, on uneven, loose and occasionally steep gradients, with some variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots.
You are comfortable on narrower trails approximately 18 inches wide that are mostly stable with some variability. You are comfortable traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks and logs that are inches tall. You are a confident mountain biker and have been riding technical terrain for at least 2 years including exposed singletrack and rough landrover track, on uneven, loose and frequent steep gradients, with frequent variation in trail surfaces from rocks to roots.
You are comfortable riding on trails approximately 12 inches wide that vary greatly in their stability and may be unpredictable including loose rock. You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs up to 15 inches tall, and some obstacles encountered may exceed that. You are an expert mountain biker and have been riding expert level trails for at least 5 years. You are comfortable riding on trails of any width that are highly unstable and are completely unpredictable including loose rock.
You are comfortable regularly traversing unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, logs and drop offs well over 15 inches tall, and many obstacles encountered will exceed that. You are comfortable riding any technical trail features that may be present on the trail. Level 5 is reserved for our Level 4 Expert riders who live and breath mountain biking and take every opportunity to manual, nose-wheelie and bunnyhop the trails.
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You love the biggest, most technically challenging trail features — up or down. Speaking of which, you also know that in order to go down, you must pedal and carry up and can handle any trail conditions or obstacles identified in Level 4. The goal of the Endurance Rating is to understand the ability of the rider as it pertains to overall physical endurance.
The reason being is that the terrain is changing every second, which forces your entire body and your mind to be involved in the exercise process. This exertion will cause exhaustion to set in a lot quicker than you think. Be sure you read the descriptions carefully because we want you to have fun out there, not think this is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Cycling on any surface is not something you do regularly, but you find yourself on a bike a few times a month in the summer.
You have never ridden a bicycle off-road before, and after reading the preface for this section, you are probably wondering why you have even considered doing this. Activities involving exercise are not a priority in your life.
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You will likely be caught on your mountain bike a few times a month or on your road bike once or twice a week when the weather is decent. You are at an average fitness level, and occasionally do other activities that qualify as exercise. You usually find yourself riding for 2 hours on the road, or 1 hour on the trails, and you ride at a relaxed pace. You are a mountain biker riding once a week, or a roadie riding twice a week or more when the weather is cooperating and some days when its not. You are at an average fitness level, and regularly do other activities that qualify as exercise.
You can ride on consecutive days and usually find yourself riding for hours per day on the road, or 2 hours per day on the trails, and you ride at a relaxed or moderate pace. You are at an above-average fitness level, and regularly do other activities that qualify as exercise. You are a very avid mountain biker, who is considered an athlete and only getting out on the trails twice in the week is a bad week for you. Riding and exercising is a frequent part of your weekly routine: You train on your mountain bike daily, and you are comfortable riding on trails for distances in excess of 60km per day and climbing vertical in excess of feet in a day.
You ride your bike everywhere, in all weather conditions, and would likely enjoy riding in a hurricane. We use a wide variety of accommodation, from wild camping and bothy huts in remote wilderness settings to rustic hostels through to comfortable and friendly inns and guest houses, luxury self catering lodges, castles and everything in between.
Bivvying, bothying or wild camping under the stars; getting up close and personal with nature in every sense; what these trips lack in facilities, they make up for in adventure! Capacity over a 5G mobile network with too many users would be an issue. Additionally it remains unclear whether Telstra will breach agreements if it only wholesales mobile bypass," he said. Alternatively, if NBN Co is forced to build mobile small cells to compete, this could invite new competitors to the mobile broadband market.
Another cut to Telstra's dividend would almost certainly see the telco's share price fall again, but many fund managers believe it is necessary to shake out income seekers and allow Mr Penn to be more agile and direct profits to areas of investment need or opportunity. One of the more radical plans Telstra is believed to have at least considered is split the company into two — one wholesale and one retail business, as revealed by The Australian Financial Review in May.
It remains an unlikely scenario, but indicates Telstra is leaving no stone unturned. While Telstra's costs far-outstrip its local rivals, Mr Penn will have to present more if the telco is to be better positioned for the future. That means there would be some roles that would be made redundant. If we look at other telecommunications companies around the world, the labour cost case has been the target of cost savings," Martin Currie Australia research analyst Patrick Potts said. One investor, who asked not be named, suggested cost-out was simply a mirage and is often not delivered.
The market challenges facing Telstra are not of Penn's doing, but as the leader of the company now he is being relied upon to guide the telco out. NBN wasn't his making, the mobile market wasn't his making," Mr Potts said. The question will be around execution. By Max Mason Updated 15 Jun — 3: Telstra's chief executive Andrew Penn. Pat Scala Whatever path Mr Penn chooses, he will no doubt have to commit some investment, but he will need to do a good job of selling his plan.
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