mountain biking

  1. 7Stanes

    7Stanes Mountain Bike Centres

    11th Oct, 2017 The 7Stanes are a novelty group of MTB centres spanning Southern Scotland; from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway.  But there's more to it than that - 'stane' in Scottish tongue means 'stone', which is exactly what you'll see at each trail.  The stanes can be located at each of the 7Stanes destinations trails; they're accessible by foot, horseback and obviously the more fun way - by bike.  You'll understand the buzz of the trails once you've been and you'll note the mythical and legendary stories the stanes have to tell.   South West of Scotland, right in the Galloway Forest Park.  There are various routes within this area from quick jaunts or long hauls, to leisure trails fro beginners and blue trails for those desperate for some uphill craic.  The Giant Axe Head stane: represents the areas past Scottish and Irish giants.  The Giant Axe Head - a 1.5 ton sculpture which overlooks Loch Dee - closely resembles actual Neolithic stone axes and has runic text inscribed onto its top surface. 7stanes-stane-kirroughtreeKirroughtree: it's just a wee bit away from Glentrool and this one's definitely more fun!  Featuring black and red routes!  Fast flowing and technically demanding - it's a wee gem!  Hence the 'Gem Stane' - a true reflection of the centres trails.       7stanes-stane-dalbeattieDalbeattie: here might not be any big hills, but this trail isn't boring - it's renowned for it's granite features and great views - there's suitable trails for every level here.  This stane was donated from a local quarry and symbolises Kirkcudbrightshire's history as a town that was once the heart of the granite industry.       7stanes-stane-mabieMabie: the original mountain bike venue of South West Scotland.  The trails cater for beginners right through to the most experienced riders: there’s a skills area for honing your technique, great trails that snake through the woods.  The stane here is known as the 'Ghost Stane' - no horror stories to reflect this one as far as we're aware, unless no one has ever lived to tell the tale..   7stanes-stane-ae   Ae Forest: the most popular among the 7 stanes and often part of enduro series'.  It's the perfect place to head for a day out - picnic or energy burning carnage; this route features orange trailsThe 'Talking Head Stane' rests here and has a Norwegian poem scribed into its side.     7stanes-stane-glentress (1)   Glentress: hmmm, maybe it's a tie between most popular location...  Just one hour away from Edinburgh, Glentress offers superb walking, mountain biking, tree-top fun and magnificent views of the beautiful Tweed Valley.  You'll be in good hands here as this is Tweed Valley Bike Patrols stomping ground - always on hand for the help and support of riders.  Here lies 'The Meteorite'; a 6 ton marble stane that's outta this world! 7stanes-stane-newcastletonNewcastleton: one of  the internationally-renowned mountain biking trails, probably because it's got some adrenalin pumpin' rides!  There's plenty of stop off areas here, so make sure to take some time to take in this wildlife haven.  The stane here is the Border stane and as you can guess - it's stands very close to the Scottish borders.  On the north side, Auld Lang Syne is inscribed to represent Scotland. On the south side, representing England, are the words of Jerusalem. The hole in the middle allows people to stand on either side of the 'border' and shake hands through the sculpture. It's certainly worth your while making this a round trip, if you haven't already, there's plenty of scope for skill building, adrenaline junkies and leisurely peddlers.  You can even say you've 'been there, got the t-shirt', because we're the only manufacturers of 7Stanes products. You might also be interested in routes near here... 7stanes07-road-fr © 2005 Andy McCandlish
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  2. SES RND 1 - Fort William

    A great start to the season with a win at round one of the Scottish Enduro Series!

    TCJ_BASCAMP_TEAM_PODIUM_SDA_ROUND_1_2017Fort William held a great range of trails from trail centre to natural & for me that makes for a good weekend. The SES brings riders together from all different backgrounds with a strong field of skilful riders when it comes to the natural gold, but as my reputation seems to be emerging... it is true, I do love a good pedal in between the wild muddy sections. Coming in to my third year of racing Enduro, the SES has been a solid foundation for me. From 2015, each round has pushed my riding on committing me to the race line down steep muddy shoots I would have otherwise toyed with. Getting together with over 300 riders for a weekend of fun, Round 1 was one of the most chilled out weekends of racing I have had with excellent company & good craic, it was so good to be in that atmosphere again... I’m still laughing my way down stage 4s wild mud rut/spaghetti bolognese. During the off season break in races I didn’t follow a good solid training program. What I did commit to was flat pedals... from a DC trainer/not so grippy Gusset pedal combo to a FiveTen/Nukeproof dream... it has been one big learning curve. A visit to Rab at Dirt School in November to rewind back to the basics was priceless, my whole riding position changed & I’m feeling more in control (I did sneak the clips back on for security this weekend haha, but really felt a difference in confidence when the mud simply didn’t let me clip back in!). My bike, Ibis Mojo HD3, was stripped down for a good 6 weeks at the start of the year as I worked my way around replacing all the much worn parts & I took to hill walking/dog sitting adventures for the best part of February – best job ever. With a pretty large time gap still to close & lots of confidence still to gain, the slow progress has been enjoyable. It was pretty awesome seeing even more girls coming through to the race this weekend, from new riders to experienced, the overall women’s field is strong! Cheers for a good weekend, I hope to see you all again at round 2. Solid result all round for Team TCJ/BaseCampBikes, yessss!
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  3. Scottish Enduro Series

    Scottish Enduro Series 2017

      SES TCJ PODIUMNo Fuss is helping aid the success of the previous 3 years of this Scottish Enduro Series and growing the series from strength to strength; building life long partnerships across the industry. With the first round of  SES just around the corner at Fort William - you can expect more or less the same as last years event; a balanced mixture of technical, physical and enjoyable stages and let's not forget the weather!  The series will continue to mimic the style format as EWS - practise runs in on Saturday and race day Sunday. Scotland is home to some of the most insane and adrenaline pumping MTB trails in the UK.  Can you believe last year held an unbelievable record for the least amount of Enduro sign ups?  Fortunately we can't say the same for this series in particular  - with 6 unpredictable stages and plenty of craic with like minded people, you're bound to have an unforgettable experience. This is certainly on the Must-Do list of Enduros for the year!  Get your enduro style jersey here    
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  4. Help for Heroes MacAvalanche 2017 Team

    Battle Back Centre for Armed Forces

    h4h MacAvalanche RaceWe would like to take special notice of certain individuals who are very fond of our service to produce quality garments; an extraordinary team of XC and Enduro riders - Battle Back.  Co-founded and partnered by Help for Hero's and the Royal British Legion, the opportunity to participate in adaptive and adventurous sports would not be possible without the help of  these two organisations; helping with the financial support and marketing and design for the Battle Back Centres.  Battle Back Centres exist to help support wounded, injured and sick Service personnel.  They aim to help  Service personnel and veterans to achieve the best possible recovery and if possible, return to duty.  They also take pride in ensuring each individual can comfortably and safely return to civilian life, if their time in the Armed Forces has come to an end due to their illness or injury.  Within the MOD there are many avenues to help and the work they do certainly brings out the best results - just keep reading to see! This year, the team are heading North of the Border and visiting the phenomenal Glencoe Mountain for one of the most famous No Fuss events - Macavalanche.  The 8 strong team were selected during 5 monthly training weekends where their riding skills were slowly improved and assessed to ensure that no one was out of their depth.   Twenty-five hopefuls tried out and the team selected itself as the weeks went on. The mass start stage presented our biggest problem of the whole challenge. We knew that the snowfall had been very light this year and that meant that there was a significant distance between the top chairlift and the snowy start-line. Our team had a range of physical injuries, lower limb trauma from explosions, gunshot wounds, sports damage and spinal impairment. Others on the team suffer from mental injuries which make them vulnerable in high stress situations and anxious about being in crowds. The task of climbing the mountain whilst towing the trike and carrying two bikes at a time really stretched the team to its limits. Just when we thought we were going to have to settle for starting further down the hill, some of the other riders came to our aid, dropping off their own bikes and coming back down the hill to help us. Without doubt, this action saved the day and got us to the start point in time for the 1500hrs kick off. It clearly showed what a cracking bunch of people the MTB Enduro community are. The prize giving was truly memorable, Frazer Coupland gave me the opportunity to thank all those who had helped us out and then, totally unexpectedly, one of our team made it to the podium, the crowd went wild and the team were jubilant. What a way to finish off the event and what an epic event to be part of. The process of designing and selecting the team jersey was an ordeal in itself, change after change and no one could agree. Once we had finalised the design the manufacture and delivery flowed seamlessly. It is always a proud moment when the team wear their colours for the first time and for this event they were outstanding.    
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  5. 23 Zoomable MTB Trails

    Our very own TCJ and BaseCampBikes team rider, Eilidh Wells  - also a recent Masters Graduate in Geomatics; has for the last two years been part of the DMBinS team as a result of her final University project which entailed examining the accuracy of mobile GPS data collection methods. DMBIS With funding granted from the Common Wealth Graduate Fund, together DMBinS and Eilidh have been busy bodies the past two years - discovering scottishmountainbiketrails.com.  The Bing-based map app brings all 23 Scottish MTB trails to a digial 3D format for mobile and desktop devices. So what's took so long to bring to life?  The app as mentioned already, features 23 trails, it also holds over 60 minutes worth of live headcam footage of every trail in Scotland!  The 3D terrain animation aslo invites users to browse trails they have never been to before and with the camera controls, they can roam the 3D terrain as the videos play to enhance the visual experience of the trails in Scotland. Video overlays also provide elevation and grading guidance. Scotland is also the first country in the world to visually display all trail centres on virtual mapping software!  What an incredible achievement to have created!  Well done Graeme McLean and the DMBinS team and Eilidh!
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  6. KICC Kiduro

    KICC Kiduro StandKids Cycle Clubs

    Don't let their cuteness fool you...  These kiddies are tougher than they look!  The KICC Kiduro event that took place at TweedLove Bike Festival this weekend past, allows for little riders (as young as 7), with big biking  dreams  to show the adults what they're made of. There was some celebrity endorsement lurking to help get the riders pumped for a wicked race day; including Trek's Tracy Moseley , Cube’s Greg Callaghan and Ibis Teammates Gary Forrest and Robin Wallner amongst many more. Taking to the meandering trails of Berm Baby Berm and Electric Blue at Glentress, this route resembled that of any other MTB event - these kids can't be tamed!!  It's a great stepping stone for the next generation of successful riders to develop their skills and create their own riding style.  Each little rider took to the trails like champs and the real pro's were left eating their dirt. We're pretty happy here at TCJ to have provided the event merchandise: stickers, banners, t-shirts (which we're all sold out and are now in high demand) - just thought I'd drop that in there...  See the cracking tablecloth featured in the blog image?  We did that too!        
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  7. Scottish Enduro Series

    Round 2 - Fort William

    Eillidh Round 2 Fort William

    The 3 weeks leading up to round 2 of the SES at Fort William didn’t quite go to plan. After racing Vallelujah in the Tweed Valley with an unhealthy shock I also discovered a crack in the swing arm. Thanks to Jake at 2pure, my Ibis frame was good as new within a few days, but the problem with the shock remained. I was left without my mountain bike for 2 weeks longer than I had hoped. A full 3 weeks without a mountain biking, a crazy amount of round the clock work pressure, this left me turning to my road bike for one day and pushing out my longest road ride to date. One of those morning when you just wake up at 6am, get on your bike and go… Practice day on Saturday was a nippy start to head up to the range for race registration. With some light flurries of snow and a cold wind (& after the weather conditions from Vallelujah still taunting me) I put way too many layers on and headed out to stage 1 with the boys. This was the same as a stage as last year so most of us knew the painful sprint that awaited us come race day. The stage starts off with deceptively flat grassy take of sprint that contains tiny wheel pulling rocks, ruts and wood to zap your energy before merging with single-track , increasing in gradient to hurt your legs that little bit more. After a flat top section, a short loose descent follows before your final climb up and over the last mount to the finish line. Stage 2 was also similar to the previous year, but had been nicely extended to include some of the downhill track leading in to a blue grade section of trail. This stage was pretty open and just a matter of going flat out on the top section and keeping it tighter on the lower section. A quick stop at the Nevis Range for food and a quick mechanical check at the Basecamp Bikes stand, then our group headed up to stage 3, a stage I know inside out. Stage 4 - proved to be the most natural stage, introducing mud, ruts and that river crossing.  I loved this stage.  There were plenty of rocks to catch you out along the single track, before a tight right over a narrow river crossing and climb out the other side The next transition, after seeing the route elevation on SES Facebook feed, I wasn’t sure what to expect; it looked very steep and sharp.  This was by far the longest and most demanding stage for me. RACE DAY! I knew for the first round I had to let go of my brakes, with so many fast local riders and juniors coming through, the pressure is on and risks were taken.  Stage 1 went really well, though after practise day, I could feel my legs hadn't yet recovered. Stage 2 - I took a few risks, without much confidence in the air for the top section, I had to let go of the brakes and just go for it. Stage 3 - the top half of the stage went extremely well, feeling fast and controlled, sprinting the flats and the fire roads I was feeling good, but towards the bottom I washed out on a simple section and hit the deck pretty hard. Thankfully only a small section remained to get me over the finish with squinty bars and a gammy leg. Stage 4 - started great, making it across the river crossing that I struggled with before, I took another moment on the ground shortly after. With squint bars I just tried to get to the bottom as quick as I could. Dabbing the full length of the rut was extremely frustrating given how clean I has ran it the day before, I had lost a good 1-2minutes on this section and thought that was race over. Stage 5 - with my superman injuries starting to seize up, the climb up to stage 5 was tough. With the wild winds at the top, this stage was now a survival stage. Struggling to stay upright and keep my bike in place at the top, I set of pretty quickly, keeping it steady in the strong headwinds and rolling over the rest. The wind wiped me off course a handful of times before reaching the lower section of trail, from here it was the home straight and all I could think about were the chips at the bottom. Bikes were washed, chips were amazing, & dibbers were handed in. Spook handed me my result with a smile. With 1st on my slip, I assumed after stage 4's heroics that not all the girls were in, but I managed to hold onto it with a narrow margin.  Catching up with everyone at the end of the race is always the best part, hearing how everyone else got on and having a good laugh. Thank you to The Cycle Jersey & Basecamp Bikes for their support throughout this series.   untitled
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ABOUT TCJ

High quality digital printing technology has evolved over the years and we have the facility to utilise it to the max. So we use it unlike most others! Initially to produce our own cycle jerseys, mainly for races, enduros and just plain fun. Most of all we just wanted something different to wear on the trails that subtly whispered our likes and dislikes, our joy of the sport and desire to be creative with it.

Trouble is, we kept getting nagged for jerseys from friends and fellow riders......It didn't take much of that to realise there was a demand for these quirky and limited edition designs we were wearing, so it began to dawn on us that we should go for it. Go large. Thanks to the help and encouragement from the fine companies you see in the following pages, we finally got ourself together and brought our designs to the public at large - and created TheCycleJersey.com ...Read More

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