_02 Bennachie – Millstone and Mither Tap

02/01/14

Route map here

Twig came up from Stonehaven for the day to ride and we ended up doing a fairly hefty ride, over Millstone and Mither tap all the way over to the Rowan Tree car park and the same again on the way back, a good 1000m of climbing all in.

I was made to ride another mates Trek Session the whole way while these two were in love with their identical Orange 5s which made for hard going, It is certainly a bit heavier than my usual Ibis Mojo.

Millstone was relatively quiet which is usually the case as there is never very many people up there and it brought back some memories from when I rode up here all the time whilst at university in Aberdeen. However Mither Tap is the one everyone walks up on a sunday afternoon and the day after new years day! It might have been quieter on Union Street in Aberdeen! Even so we made it to the top and were met with the usual odd looks from townies thinking ‘what the heck are you doing up here with a bike, we just struggled to walk up here!’.

The descent down into the Rowan Tree car park was pretty flat out at the top (well if there had not been any people) but as ever with the tracks up here, they are covered in drainage ditches which were some effort to bunny hop continuously with the DH bike! The bottom section however, I would fully recommend, its like a rocky, washed out chute with drops as big as you want to make them.

Walking back up to the top of Mither Tap we passed all the people we had pissed off coming down on the bikes (even though we had merely rolled past, however one group had to laugh at us as my mate Mark managed to go over the bars at walking speed and almost hit one woman on the head with his bike, god knows how!) which we had to avoid eye contact with! Back at the top since I had the downhill bike I decided to have a go at a rather steep section we had walked up before but never rode down which felt (to me anyway) rampagesque. Successfully made it down without a fall before flying down the 300 rock steps to the bottom of Millstone.

Back up the hill and just time for a few ridiculous snap chats, up over the railway sleepers that pass over the heather and boggy bits and a very fast descent back down to Mark’s house for a big meal of leftovers from the new years party, a great way to finish off a big ride.

Silly bike attire once again, Beasly, myself and Twig
Silly bike attire once again, Beasly, myself and Twig
On our way up Mither Tap
On our way up Mither Tap, Mark giving Twig the eyes… Bike love
Hiding from the wind!
Hiding from the wind!
There's Twiggers
There’s Twiggers
View away towards the Cairngorms
View away towards the Cairngorms
Riding the railway sleepers over the bogs on Millstone
Riding the railway sleepers over the bogs on Millstone
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