Show me a brave Flying Chick with MTB skills to match most blokes and you'd think of Lightning, no elbow pads, no shin guards, this chick is the queen of hardtail skills.
I can't think of a better place to practice great trail riding than Kirroughtree, one of the 7 Stanes mountain bike areas in Scotland. You'll encounter vast slabs of granite linked with hugh boulders. The Kirroughtree red and black trails are tough and unrelenting. After climbing the aptly named, Heartbreak Hill comes Black Craig and Talnortry Hill (an initial snaking climb) Then the hard works pays off as it's classic 7 Stanes downhill, dropping from a considerable height and flowing neatly through the forest and with some serious drop offs thrown in for good measure. I'm looking forward to riding the trail again with Lightning and the rest of the girls this spring. Girls on bikes lightning.