“50% icy terror, 50% fun”was how I described my first lap of the Strathpuffer…
The Strathpuffer is a 24 hour winter mountain bike race in northern Scotland. I rode it as the first event in my year of microadventures.
I was in a team of four (team howies) and, in between laps, did a bit of filming. Trying to do “participatory video” is frustrating, but an essential compromise so long as I want to be involved in the things I am filming.
There is great scope for making a superb little Strathpuffer film. The variety of terrain and exhausted but determined riders makes for a great story. Unfortunately I was a) riding, b) limited only to filming one little bit of the course and c) knackered.
The Strathpuffer had everything that I look for in an endurance race: it is tough, it’s a bit daft, it’s in a beautiful landscape, and the organisers and competitors are all friendly.
The tannoy system at the main tent blasted out music throughout the race. The song I have used on this video -Springsteen’s ‘No Retreat, No Surrender’- was playing at the start of the race and seemed apt for 24 hours of icy, muddy, dark idiocy.