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Polly Clark

I’m a Yoga teacher based in the green heart of Wales, when I’m not on my yoga mat inspiring others to practice yoga, I can be found mountain biking in and around the Cambrian Mountains. Having grown up riding ponies in the Brecon Beacons, I was happy to discover that a bike gave me the…

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Megan Hine

Megan has spent time working and living with native communities all around the world, from the San bushmen in Africa, to the Sami reindeer herders in the Arctic, to the Iban jungle dwellers in Borneo, and many more. Most of her expeditions involve working closely with native peoples and she always aims to support local…

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Marion Shoote

I’ve always loved being in the mountains and spend my free time outdoors getting muddy and windswept. I’m a passionate mountaineer, runner, cyclist and snowboarder and love exploring new corners of the globe; I’ve mountaineered on six continents and cycled on four. My recent trips include cycling the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan and across Eastern…

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Julia Hobson

I’m a self-confessed mountain addict that has spent the last 5 years trying to build a life that enables me to live and work in the mountains year round! I grew up in the North West of England, spent 10 years living in Sheffield, and then have lived a somewhat nomadic life since! I work…

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Dee Hollingsbee

I came pretty late to mountain biking – when I moved to Peebles 4 years ago, as a skier and snowboarder, I was resolute in my opinion that cycling UP mountains was just for crazies. But within 2 years I was on to my second bike, had passed my Trail Cycle Leader qualification to lead…

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Top 5 tips for riding in the Winter!

Whether you’re a mountain biker, a road cyclist or a cycle path cruiser, we all find it hard to get the motivation to get out in the winter when it’s cold and wet and the days are short. We asked FINDRA ambassador and Mountain Bike guide Julia Hobson for her tips on how to keep riding all through the…

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Swap Winter Blues for Winter Muse

Dark nights are upon us, dark mornings too! It’s easy to feel the motivation slipping away. We talked to Lucy Colquhoun, one of the country’s top ultra-distance runners and women’s record holder on the 95-mile West Highland Way race. Lucy is also the founder of Gutzi foods, savoury energy snacks for athletes.     You know…

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5 Ways to Turn a “Failure” into an Amazing Adventure

Anna Blackwell, a lady not afraid of a challenge, faced a different kind of challenge on a recent trip to Arctic Norway. Something as mundane as luggage not appearing after a flight can throw a spanner in the works and plans need to be altered on the go. We asked Anna how she dealt with adversity and…

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Top 5 European Adventure Destinations: Julia Hobson

These days, Mountain Biking has become my main sport, and indeed my job, but it hasn’t always been so. I’ve been rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, ski-touring, wild swimming and running in the mountains for as long as I have been riding. Basically, anything that allows me to have my own little adventures in beautiful mountainous places.…

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Long distance adventures = Life in miniature

To celebrate the start of the TransContinental Race, taking riders all the way from Belgium to Greece in a self-supported race through some of the most beautiful and challenging riding on earth, we have asked our long distance specialist friends to tell us what lessons they have learnt from racing and riding.   Long distance…

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How to plan an adventure: 7 Top Tips from Top Adventurer Jenny Tough

Adventures come in every shape and size, your adventure might be finding a new walking trail, running 10km off road or packing your bike for a weekend of wild camping. Whether it is a micro, mini or mighty adventure, you’ll be pleased you did a little planning in advance. FINDRA ambassador, world adventurer and Edinburgh resident, Jenny Tough sits…

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In the Spirit of Enjoyro: Dee Hollingsbee

I’m not good at Cycling events. I’m better on the ‘wrong’ side of registration, usually in a Tweedlove volunteers shirt and playing to my strength. Talking.   I did the Glentress 7 a couple of years ago, with 2 BFF’s, just to say we had done it. We even had a case of Prosecco to…

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ACROSS THE COUNTRY: JULIA HOBSON

A few weeks ago, back in March, before the clocks changed, and the weather turned more warm and spring-like, my good friend Rachael and I set out on a little adventure together. It was a ride we’d planned back in November, whilst sat in a little coffee shop somewhere in the sprawling city of Kathmandhu,…

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Fort William SES Round 1: Fi Berry

This would be my first race of 2017 after the most riding and prep I have ever done over winter. Excitement was high and my nerves even more so. My challenge was to keep calm and relaxed. It’s always good to start off the race weekend with friends, food and giggles. I think the most…

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Durty Events Bowhill Duathlon Series: Catherine Worsey

The sun is shining brightly through the trees, the bright blue sky is broken only by a few scattered clouds, it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful summer day except, no, the trees are bare and the crowd gathering at the start line are breathing out clouds of steaming breath. It’s December, it’s…

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Roots! Kim Rand

I’ve never been a massive fan of roots, but mountain biking here in Scotland they are just something you have to contend with. I like to think that I know the basics: try to hit them square on, do NOT break on them, unweight the bike slightly, do NOT break on them, consider tire pressure,…

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“The Fandangos Ride Again” Strathpuffer 2017: Fi Berry

Strathpuffer 2017 – Amanda, Tarah, Liz and I – the Fandangos Ride again, took on the 24 hour endurance mtb race in the middle winter in the north of Scotland as a team of four! Friday evening Camp was set up with the all-important fire pit and stoves to keep our extremities warm. This was…

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Winter Training Hygge Style: Lee Craigie

Winters in Scotland are hard, especially in the far north where I choose to live. There is a bitter irony to be found at this time of year when the days are at their shortest and most cold and we are required to lay down the foundations of our fitness in preparation for the coming…

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Cycle Touring in Eastern Tibet: Marion Shoote

The marvellous thing about cycle touring is that you really don’t know what’s going to happen. Each day brings new experiences and encounters which can’t be predicted from whatever map you have, and that only occur because travelling by bike allows you to immerse yourself in the landscape and culture in a unique way. When…

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2016 Scottish Cyclo-Cross Season Review: Anna McGorum

After a year of waiting for the cold to blow in and the ground to turn muddy, the 2016 Scottish Cyclo-cross Series have flown by. Starting in October, the series arrived straight off the back of the cross country season. I’ve been racing Cyclo-Cross since I was eight years old and have continued to compete…

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Pentlands 7Reservior Half Marathon: Marion Shoote

The mornings have turned frosty, there are frozen puddles to dodge whilst out training and I don’t leave the house without a beanie on – it must be time for the Pentlands 7 Reservoirs Half Marathon!Last year’s race took place the day after Storm Desmond had whipped through Scotland, turning the trails to streams and…

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Kinlochleven Enduro World Series Qualifier: Fi Berry

Three big mountainous stages, a whole lot of challenges and proper winter conditions made up this years Kinlochleven Enduro. This was a whole new area for me and my bike to explore and I was excited to take on the well-known, tough terrain and a new adventure.   And what a stunning location this was…

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Last Days of Scottish Summer: Cat Sutherland

(*Photo Credit – Carlton Reid; @carltonreid)   As autumn creeps in, signaled by the mess of leaves falling from the trees, there’s a glowing, golden colour to the trails, which calls for one last big ride before the snow sets in. On the night the clocks would change, it was time to plan a Scottish bothy…

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Relentless 24 Mountain Bike Championships:

LEE CRAIGIE RIDES TO SOLO SUCCESS Why ride for 24 hours? Deciding to enter a 24 hour mountain bike race will only ever happen a couple of days beforehand for me. If I had the time to plan and consider the logistics and discomfort of it all, I would instinctively put that time to better…

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The Road to Recovery Part Two: Three Weeks In

I’m now 3 weeks post-crash and quite a bit has changed in the Rand household. It’s probably easiest to start with the medical update: I’ve been back to the hospital and had the big, cumbersome, post-surgery cast removed along with the staples from both wounds. My surgeon is quite happy with his handy work and…

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Red Bull Foxhunt 2016 with Rachel Atherton

FINDRA Ambassador Fi Berry on the Red Bull Foxhunt, 2016 It has been 48 hours and I’m still buzzing after having taken part in biggest female only, mass start MTB race! The third Red Bull Foxhunt with Rachel Atherton moved to a new location at Melmerby Scar this year. A brand new course had been dug…

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Kick-ass Kris

When we were ready to choose our first Ambassador, one person jumped out. A long time friend of FINDRA. A whirlwind of a woman. A skilled and strong biker. Passionate, full of life. A self proclaimed ‘ass-kicker of cancer’. Meet Kris Stewart; FINDRA’s first Ambassador… Originally from California, artist Kris now lives in Scotland with her…

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