HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 PREP – BACKDOOR TO GLENTRESS

Back in yester-summer of 2017 Rich and myself rode to Glentress and back when I was testing the feasability of off road fixed on the Steamroller in preparation for Grinduro. Since then I have been super keen to repeat this ride on a more robust bike so that increased rowdiness could be factored in. As Stu was yet to ride his Highland Trail 550 bike we decided to get out and put his sparkly single speed through its paces...

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 PREP- SURLY KARATE MONKEY FIRST RIDE & BIKE CHECK

It didn't take much encouragement, the draw of the mountains is always luring and the Highland Trail 550 has patiently been waiting on my bucket list. So, when Stu floated the idea of giving it a shot this May I was all in. The Highland Trail has made a name for itself as an extremely remote, rugged and gruelling route but its 550 mile length offers rewards of all the lochs, peaks and untouched glens that you could ever want...

FIXED GEAR GLENTRESS GRAVEL ADVENTURE

My Strava routes page is rather full of half conceived rides to curiosities unknown and interesting looking routes pillaged from my feed or websites. One ride that particularly sat in the back of my conscious was a ride to Glentress that rando-bro and now industry insider Jack Luke once rode and wrote about. As my shameful appreciation of gravel bloomed I became more and more keen to tackle this gravel/MTB hybrid. An oddly sunny weekend loomed and it seemed that this would be the perfect opportunity to complete the route but also test my setup for Grinduro in the following weeks...