Search for the Slop – Episode 1
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Boys do enjoy a good filthy rut. Wintertime in Fort William is always an exceptional experience, and if you can handle the short days and the grim conditions, then you’re onto a winner. Liam and James play in the muck from dawn till dusk and trail building is an ideal off-season activity to keep the stoke levels high for future rides to come. The boys set about some mattock work early January to tickle up the hillside for a spot February filming.
When the camera came out, so did the weather and so too did the smiles. Riding in the wet is amazing – the difficultly gets cranked up, and the only real way to survive is by going in full commitment!
Battered by wind, rain and low temperatures it’s essential to get changed as soon as the riding finishes. Once home, the bikes have to be washed, oiled and put away before they freeze. Then it’s shower time and the 3rd change of clothes for the day. Mountains of mud-soaked washing quickly build-up and a life learnt double shoe/helmet on the heater rotation system is in full swing. All the effort seems worth it for that daily fix of carving and sliding through the slop. Fort William surely can’t be the only dream location, though, is anywhere else in the world just as good? This four-part video series will document the journey to find the very best of riding conditions!