Winter in Scotland is cold, dark and wet. But that is no reason to curtail sporting activity. What better way to embrace the change in seasons than by undertaking a 20 mile night ride through wild, unlit moor and forest in torrential rain?
At 2031 we loaded our bikes aboard the Caledonian Sleeper at Tulloch Station. Fifteen minutes later we de-trained onto Corrour’s rain-lashed platform. We donned full waterproofs after a delicious pint of Corrour Gold in the hostel’s cosy bar. The ride was everything we could have hoped for: the darkness was complete; the rain grew steadily heavier as we rode, tracing a forest of silver threads in our light beams.
Such acclimatisation should help maintain bicycle commuting throughout the winter. After all, if you do things like this for fun, what possible excuse could there be for jumping in the car on a cold wet morning?
We did this ride four years ago in similar conditions.
Photos © Donald Morris.