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Aoife Glass

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Mountain biking in Ireland

If you were to base your view of Ireland based on the tourist board adverts you see, you’d come to the conclusion that it was a country filled with calm fish-filled streams, laughing redheads, old fellows with flat caps and wrinkled faces drinking Guinness, and stone-walled pubs with colourful front doors and names painted in fancy script.

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Peebles: Mountain Biking Heaven in Scotland

The view from the top of the XC loop at Innerleithen. There's a whole lotta climbing but the view and the descent are totally worth it!
The view from the top of the XC loop at Innerleithen. There’s a whole lotta climbing but the view and the descent are totally worth it!

Easter weekend. Four blissful days off, and the perfect time to head off for a mountain biking adventure. And of course eat a whole lot of chocolate!

Bank holiday weekends are also always a gamble; it’s probably going to rain in the UK at some point over the weekend everywhere, so can you get a lucky break and find a part of the UK with less rain than the rest? Some careful consideration of the long range weather forecast later, and we decided to head to Peebles.

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2015 Cycling New Years Resolutions

Woman mountain biking scotland
In 2014, I went mountain biking in Torridon, Scotland. I really want to ride there again in 2015 – and you can see why.

I’ve got a lot of general New Years Resolutions (including giving blood, reading more books, you get the idea) but as a lover of lists, I’ve also got a whole separate set of Cycling New Years Resolutions.

Cycling is a pretty big part of my life, whether it’s road cycling or mountain biking, or just bimbling about here and there. I’m not particularly good, not particularly fit (working on that one), and mostly just in it for the fun. But wow, what a lot of fun it is!

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