I have decided to include the cycle I did last Friday, 18th September, in my Cycling Photographer Blog because I had chosen to set up the blog prior to doing the ride, but hadn't got round to it. I didn't take any photos on this trip but it was a wonderful day, not quite as sunny as that portrayed above (which was taken last summer), and it is a route that I have wanted to do for a very long time. I had cycled the section from Drumrunie to the Lochinver junction twice previously, when travelling from Ullapool to Lochivner, but never the section down to Achnahaird. The cycle was 37.2km (c. 22 miles) starting at the layby overlooking the beach back, generally uphill, to Drumrunie and then back the same route (see below). While there were no big climbs there was plenty of up and down, sometimes quite steeply, and the road surface was generally pretty poor. In fact at one stage I had to stop when my pump fell off the bike due to the vibrations. The scenery is absolutely amazing and certainly helps to take one's mind off the sore legs on some of the steeper sections. Hopefully sometime soon I will feel up to repeating the circuit round to Lochinver and Elphin, but from experience that may be a little way off yet.
I am an enthusiastic cyclist who suffers from being overly large, making the pleasure of cycling somewhat challenging. Hopefully, through combining my interest in cycling with my photography I will get fitter AND produce some decent images.
164.88 km (103.0 miles)
9 hours 55 minutes
16.6 km/h ave speed
1307 m gained