What’s The Puffer?
Freezing temperatures. 17 hours of darkness.
Miles upon miles of gruelling terrain. A brutal mix of ice, wind, hail, mud and snow,
and maybe, just maybe, a glorious Scottish winter sunrise…
When it comes to mountain bike challenges, they don’t come much tougher or more rewarding than the Strathpuffer – the legendary 24 hour mountain bike endurance event held every year in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of winter.
It’s in the middle of January – 17 hours of darkness and typically maximum temperatures are sub-zero – getting down to under -10 at night!
Who’s daft enough to ride it?
I was fascinated by this event when I read about it – and I asked everyone I knew if they’d like to join me – only one person was just as daft as me – Rob G! Good man! His off-roading and huge TT endurance should come in handy!
Both Rob and I are working hard on prepping – as much shopping for bits and bobs as thinking through minutiae like how many turns, how many kit changes, what kind of food we can cook and how to cook it in the cold dark night… I’m going to post updates here to share the fun – let me know if you have any comments!