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Black RideDay 2021

Black RideDay 2021 - Billy Bilsland Cycles

Steven Graham |

Sorry we're closed...gone for a bike ride!

Black Rideday 2021 felt extra special this year, with everything that has happened in the world recently it was nice to finally let our hair down and have a great day with all our staff doing what we do best, riding bikes!

Colder than it looks!

This year we ventured further than ever before for Black Rideday down to Glentress Forrest in the Scottish Borders, and boy was it a good choice. Unless you have been living under a rock then you will know that Glentress is one of the most highly regarded Trail Centres across the UK. So obviously it was the ideal location for our biggest Black RideDay yet.

Ryan practising for his catalog shoot

We spent the day conquering the Red route, along with a couple of extra trails thrown into the mix...don't worry Neil had an EBike. Luckily managing to avoid most of Storm Arwin's wrath. Although we definitely did experience some numb hands and feet!



Riding at Glentress is very different to riding at our local trails in Glasgow at Cathkin Braes. The hill is much bigger and the descents are much longer. This meant that the first half of the ride was mostly up hill, which suited our roadies and those who had sensibly chosen an Electric bike. However the tables drastically turned once the descents rolled in. Where those who are at home on the dirt had their time to shine. Once the riding was over, we finished the day off with some much needed fuelling at the Peel Cafe…where a few well earned beverages may have also been consumed.

If you go down to the woods today...

Black Rideday is always special because it brings us all together for a ride. Which to your potential surprise, very rarely happens, yes we all love cycling but in our own respected disciplines. 2021 saw a MTB epic turn even our most stubborn roadie (he still rides rim brakes) to the dirt. Next year will be something of the Gravel or Road variety so there is no telling how our MTB hardcore's will cope in, don't say it...LYCRA.

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