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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Sam and Stuart from Australia knew that The Outdoor Capital of the UK is the place to go biking on their trip around parts of Europe. Even better was that we got a great day to explore some of the best trails here. We started out up Glen Nevis river bank and the long climb to Dun Deardail, the vitrified Fort with an amazing view onto Ben Nevis.

The West Highland Way from there to Lundavra is a classic ride at about red standard. It has fast flowing sections, rocks, steps and a few short sharp climbs. Some of it is in the trees but a few sections are out in the open and you get a great sense of the scale of the countryside you're in.

We came back in on the road towards town before taking the track up Cow Hill and the super fun descent back down the Glen Nevis side of the hill to town again by midday. Out to the North Face car park and the steep ascent up to the Allt a'Mhuillin trail - this steep trail has had a new less steep trail built at the bottom and the top bit is still being worked on. In future the walk up to the North face of Ben Nevis will be a little easier going. The Allt a'Mhuillin trail is really trialsy and fun in ascent and descent. We then rode a bit of the World Champs Red, Rainbow Nation (slippy hand made single track through the trees) and Broomstick Blue back to the Puggy Line and home. All this in seven hours of brilliant and varied riding! Well done Stuart and Sam, you earned your dinner tonight!

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