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2015 Highland Trail 550 winner

Shand Singlespeed MTB - Highland Trail 550 2015

In 2008 there was not the choice of 29ers there is now and this was partly the reason Tom approached Steven to commission a custom 29er – Steven being an early adopter of building big wheel bikes for off-road action.

Fast-forward to May 2015 and Tom is still riding the same singlespeed Shand 29er and racing for the second time in the Highland Trail 550. By anyone’s standards, the race is a brutal 550-mile ride over wild and remote terrain and it’s an astonishing achievement that Tom finished first in this years race, beating his second place position in last year’s race.

Tom’s written an account of his experience on his blog and it’s worth a read to gain an insight into the race and what’s involved in tackling some of the hardest terrain in the UK: Tom Rowntree – highland Trail 550.

posted by russell - June 5th, 2015