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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 11:28 am 
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The Retrobike National MTB Event Series 2013

Round 3: Aviemore ~ Cairngorm Mountains - Scotland - AFTERMATH

This is what you get on a Macretro National....
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Unfortunately you also get a broken rib, bruised liver, damaged arm and ego.

Bit of a disaster at the end Saturday's ride, 2 miles from the end Zigzag launched himself off the trail down a ten foot drop and broke a rib, damaged his arm and cut his head. We had to take him to hospital then home leaving a much reduced clan up at Aviemore for the now guideless Sunday ride. I suspect that it might be shorter or a different route than originally planned.

Post your pictures here, I'm assuming day 2 is still in progress. Full write up to follow.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 12:50 pm 
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Location: Aberdeen
Here are some of the pics I took, it was a great day, with superb weather and some jaw-dropping scenery. All you non-Macretro riders really should get yourselves up to the Highlands, where there are some proper mountains :D
Thanks to those that arranged the ride, it was good to see the Macretro clan for the first time, and sample some of the Macretro banter :lol:
Get well soon Zigzag, and full marks for attempting a gap jump like that :shock: I expect we'll be seeing you at the next Red Bull Rampage? :wink: :D

Macretro banter in full swing...
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The Fat Bikes made a big splash...
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One of the many water crossings...
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The "Valley Of Death", almost literally... :shock:
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At least the bikes had a good wash...
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Is that snow on top of velo's head?
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Almost there...
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Destination, Loch Eanaich...
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Man vs Wilderness...
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Taking a well earned break...
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 3:46 pm 
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Fantastic location, weather, trails and banter. Great way to spend a weekend. :D
It was good to put a few more faces to names too. zigzag hope you're feeling better and are on the mend soon, you get my vote for "crash of the ride". If you do enter redbull rampage, as jim suggested, perhaps take a bike with 12" of travel front and rear :lol:

Well here's the few pics I took.

Cheers, Col.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 5:11 pm 
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I shall echo the sentiments above.
The highlands at their best and great to see faces old and new.
Some nice bikes too. Retro ride of the meet would be between Jimos Pace and DynaCols Dyna Tech IMHO. Both rather tasty looking. 8)

I never saw the crash so can't give marks for style to ZigZag but can wish the crashee a speedy recovery. :wink:

And for those who never made it, check out TKs great photo at the top of the page. In real life it was even better.:D


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 7:34 pm 
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Location: Falkirk! But I am a Fifer so that's OK...
Thanks for all the kind words gents - feeling a bit sore today, but more mobile than I expected and having your wife running around after you and sleeping on a big pile of pillows really isn't too that bad. What can I say - if you're going to hurt yourself, make sure you do it with these guys.

Thanks to Nurse Rob's expert and tender wound dressings, epicyclo for whipping out a 10mil spanner and fixing my errant front brake pad, Barry the ambulance man, Jamie for bringing me some dry clothes and driving over half the highlands with me, The Ken for driving back me down the road, Keith, Velo, Rob and Dynacol for packing up all my crap and loading (throwing) it in the car, and everybody for nursing me along the last couple of miles back towards civilisation.

Thanks for taking care of me, and sorry I spoiled what had been a cracking weekend up to that point. The Old Bridge Inn will keep till the next time...

Oh aye, my Red Bull Rampage career is over before it began - forget about 12" of travel, 12 feet and I might just have coped.

More pics here: https://picasaweb.google.com/1072556457 ... 2375574706

From L-R: Boonie, Jamie D, Keithyr, epicyclo, Velomaniac, firedfromthecircus, DynaCol, The Ken, jimo746, Robmac
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Stopped at the side of Loch an Eilein
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Pitstop at Inshriach Bothy
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First water crossing of the day - Note The Ken seeing how long he could keep his front wheel dry!
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Heading out out towards Glen Eanaich
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Pit stop sponsored by Schwalbe just before we begin the 4.5 mile climb through the Glen up towards Loch Eaniach
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Onwards and upwards
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You can take the Fifers out of Fife, etc...
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Hoddit and Doddit
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Are we there yet?
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At last
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Sleeping beauties
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4.5 miles of downhill would make you happy too
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 8:20 pm 
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I've tried to load this on YouTube, but had no luck, but did get it onto Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.ph ... 6598759267

Click on the link and let's hope it works.

Cheers Boonie


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 8:26 pm 
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zigzag wrote:

You can take the Fifers out of Fife, etc...
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:lol: :lol: :lol:

Great photaes, and glad to hear you're on the mend. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 8:36 pm 
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what a great day, brilliant camping, brilliant, ride and fantastic company...if carlsberg did road trips!

here are my selection of photies.....caught a cracking pic of our ambulant hero of the day evil Knievel ...sorry ZZ pre redbull rampage attempt - get well soon neebur!


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 8:38 pm 
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Looks incredible chaps. Well done on sorting out some great weather and scenery.
Hope that ZZ is on the mend.

Really sad to have missed out on this one.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 9:23 pm 
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Get well soon ZZ. Ribs seem to be the injury of the month, a week on and I'm finally able to bend down to put my shoes on without wincing.
Bloody work, I miss all the sunny rides.


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