Six editions in and arguably sporting the best weather of the lot, Stu Thomson’s Aberfoyle Festive Slip n’ Slide saw fifty plus riders tackle the slop.

It wouldn’t be Christmas in the Trossachs without half a century of folk turning up to winch and plummet their way around the trails that have made Aberfoyle famous in the biking community.

The 2018 even was no different and fifty riders rocked up to bask in the unfathomably warm December sun and battle the slop that waited on the hill.

A rare day above ten degrees in Scotland in December and fifty folk had donned their best/worst Christmas jumpers and headed out from The Fort Inn.

Things started dark, steep and twisty with a low grip coefficient and plenty of rock and root to keep you on your toes. A healthy dose of rain overnight certainly spice things up.

The man, the myth, the legend Ronnie Mac swung his leg over a Mondraker and got involved in a different kind of rut.

Ben Cathro in his natural habitat.

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The main man Stu Thomson using all that World Cup experience to keep the pack of nutters chasing him down the hill.

Team Wideopenmag’s Chris Hutchens was at home in Scotland and made the trip up to Aberfoyle. Here he is with Santa hat on chasing the main man down.

Trek Factory Racing’s Katy Winton was the sole lady in this total sausagefest after Flotec’s Jules McLean had to duck out early. Katy made the guys up their game. Pinned.

Nothing beats trains with the best pals into a sunset. Complete lack of grip not pictured.

Props to Rab Wardell who rocked up on his Stigmata and rode everything anyway.

Big thanks to Phil and all the staff at The Forth Inn in Aberfoyle for the free soup and the hospitality.


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