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Walkers to get mountain bikes course

Posted 29 July 2011
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Walkers to get mountain bikes course
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People whose idea of a great day in the outdoors involves walking boots are being invited to take part in a course on how to enhance their experience - with mountain bikes.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is running the course to aid people who use the bikes to cover long distances between the nearest road and the spot from which they may start their ascent of a mountain, which may be miles up the valley.

Such use of a bike can save plenty of time and the Avoiding the Long Walk Out course is designed to further help walkers by offering tips on issues such as bike repair and maintenance, as well as how to ride it over rough terrain.

Run by Al Gilmour of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue team, the course will be run on November 19th in Fort William.

Examples of places where a long ride-in may be preferable to a long walk-in includes the Cairngorms, where cyclists can save time beyond the end of the public road at the Linn of Dee by rising along tracks up towards the Lairig Ghru or up Glen Derry.