I like to set myself a challenge. For example, last year I’ve hiked the “Pieterpad trail” in 3 weeks (492 km). For this year I’ve choosen some other challenges. I have entered the Grinduro Scotland race! It is a different challenge then last year, but I think it is a good one. It is a gravel race, but I will enter it with my hardtail.
It is more then just a race. It starts on friday and it ends on sunday. The race is on saturday and there will be some kind of music festival in the evening. It will be a good experience!
The race itself is 85 km, but there will be 4 timed sections and the rest of it is just a relaxed ride. A couple of months ago I decided to take part in the race, which gave me enough time to get more into shape. I have been riding my bike a lot more the last couple of months and I’ve been paying attention to my food. I’m not small and when you need to climb, weight is simply quite important. So do I want to win the race? Well of course, but that is not going to happen. My goal is not to finish last 🙂
Another challenge are the travel arrangements. I have never been to Scotland so a little extra time in Glasgow would be nice. I also thought of renting a bike in Glasgow for the race. In the end I decided not to that. It is hard to find the right rental when you are about 2 metres long. Also, the bike has to be in good shape with decent gearing on it. Bringing your own bike isn’t the easiest also because you need a specific bike case. I’ve found a second hand EVOC bike case for half the money of a new one. There is also the option to rent a bike case which is fine but if you rent a case 4 times, you have spend the same money as the cost of a second hand case. I’m planning to take my bike on more adventures, so I bought one.
Like a festival, I will bring my tent, sleeping bag and mat with me. I like the combination, the traveling, racing, festival and camping, As far as I know, this is a unique combination. I’ll take my GoPro with me to make some great movies 🙂