The day started at 6.30, a quick shower, pack up my gear and get to Grants by 7.40. The car wheels are rolling again by 7.50 and around 9.30 we’re parking up. Laggan Wolftrax is the venue and I’m feeling pretty excited. I’ve heard the folklore surrounding this place but the closest I’ve come previously is passing the end of the road.
By 9.50 and we’re climbing the fire road. As ever it takes me an age to warm up, the climb is steady but feels relentless at this early hour. Grant spots a power ranger and makes it his mission to pass him on the climb which he easily does.
We meet at the high point just before the start of the upper red. The power ranger isn’t like those found in the tweed valley, he is polite and full of conversation. As soon as I recover my breathing I join in.
After re-entering the trees we soon emerge via a set of rock steps back at the fire road and all too soon we are once again climbing. Grant was of course waiting for me at the trail head for the lower red.
Bottles re-filled we headed straight back out, passing our friend the power ranger carrying his bike, the front wheel resembling a Pringle! Fully warmed up I’m now happily climbing to the trail head in the big ring. The camel back has been discarded and I enjoy the new found freedom.
Again we head out on the lower red, this time the speed is increased and we’re taking timeout for photo opportunities. Grant sprints ahead, jumps off and snaps and then it’s my turn. Open a gap, jump off, power up the camera, focus, snap and then off again, this time chasing down Grant. This was probably the best run of the day. A combination of great single track and the challenge of opening up a big enough gap to get a snap make for an exhilarating run.