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  • Guest

    Force 8 gale is 40 kt = just under 80kph Good luck riding in that unless it is down wind!

    • Notso Swift

      Don’t let the facts get in the way of a great story, it is a great watch and a nice little story, I would class it as very typical Rapha

      I bet the boys were doing high fives with the Stag shot!

    • lekoshe

      To be fair he didn’t say they actually rode when it was that windy, just that they were battered by it. Nothing like sitting with your mates by the fire in a lonely pub whilst a gale rages outside. 

  • De Luca

    Fantastically captivated watching! 

  • Anonymous

    Makes Belgians look soft!

  • p_thommo

    I agree entirely CT.

    As a professional with over 25yrs experience in the industry, I must admit that it;s one of the best bits of cycling footage I’ve had the pleasure of viewing. Love the audiotrack and love the cinematography! Brilliant effort by those guys!

  • p_thommo

    I agree entirely CT.

    As a professional with over 25yrs experience in the industry, I must admit that it;s one of the best bits of cycling footage I’ve had the pleasure of viewing. Love the audiotrack and love the cinematography! Brilliant effort by those guys!

  • p_thommo

    I agree entirely CT.

    As a professional with over 25yrs experience in the industry, I must admit that it;s one of the best bits of cycling footage I’ve had the pleasure of viewing. Love the audiotrack and love the cinematography! Brilliant effort by those guys!

  • PJ

    This footage brings back great memories for me. From 2009-2011 I worked in the UK on a project looking to develop angling in Assynt, and I had the good fortune of visiting the area on two occasions. It is a stunning landscape: raw, elemental and ancient. As the clip shows quite clearly, many of the roads are narrow single lane tracks, and very few are flat. It is the sort of place that makes you, as a human being, feel rather small and innocuous. I didn’t get to ride there – I did a few walks, some sea and loch fishing and a run – but I can tell you that when the wind blows the lochs have waves you could ride a bodyboard on!

  • God I love the velvet light of Scotland. One day I will drag myself over there. 

  • Tim

    Hands down one of the starkly beautiful video bits I’ve seen. The cycling took a backseat to the imagery and poetry.
    Is the audio the actual forecast in its entirety?

    Black Bike FTW.
    And by the way, they can have at that weather, too cold, too wet.

    • cmuir

      nope, they’ve used parts of the forecast and worked it into the rest of the dialogue.

  • lekoshe

    This is why I ride my fucking bicycle.

  • Robert Merkel

    Looks like Rocky Valley Dam on a bad day :)

  • Tricycle

    I’ve watched gay porn that isn’t as gay as this

  • Doug

    Have you seen the bikes they are riding?  All of them are by different  British custom frame makers.  Some damn fine bikes.
    Another great area in the north of Scotland is along the east coast, some great views of cliff edges that reminded me of the ‘white cliffs of Dover’ and the great ocean road combined in to one. Another great ride is the Lands End (South west England) to John O’Groats its about a 1500km – 1900km ride. That ride is on my bucket list – Rapha international ride perhaps?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land%27s_End_to_John_o%27_Groats

  • Interestingly, the Shipping Forecast is almost completely useless to actual shipping these days – they have far more high-tech ways of knowing the weather. The only reason Radio 4 still do it is because there are thousands of people who’d be up in arms if they canned it.

    • lekoshe

      In fact sailors around Britain (especially those making a north sea or channel crossing) still listen in. Especially on smaller vessels that may not have NAVTEX or INMARSAT SafetyNET, but in any case it’s a reliable backup for when NAVTEX transmissions come out garbled or not at all.

      On the other hand, yes, any government attempting to abolish the shipping forecast would be immediately toppled from power. The hypnotic poetry of the shipping forecast is ground into the national consciousness. It’d be the end of England as we know it, the monarchy would fall etc.

      • I’m always fascinated by the diverse knowledge of this readership. How would anyone know this stuff?

        • lekoshe

          Appropriately enough, it’s mostly from being a Radio 4 listener.

  • Nails!

  • Stuey

    Avoided ride there as critically the distilleries are few and far between

  • Steve

    Sums up why i left that damp miserable isle!

  • Anthony N

    What kind of bike with disc brakes is that in the video?

  • Mike Hayward

    As some one who rides and works in the marine industry,
    I liked this a lot
    a real lot
     

  • theliddoctor

    glad that they are still promoting riding without a lid, well done rapha, fricken awesome

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