|Ready to Race - on sledges|
And this year it almost worked perfectly.
The event had been anticipated by the weather gods. A few days before the event the Cairngorms had been covered by a heavy dump of snow, and after that the temperatures dropped dramatically, down to about –9C. This left some beautiful tracks around both the Glenmore and Rothiemurchus estates - the track surfaces were good, the trees decorated in Christmas-card style and the sun was shining.
|Forest tracks - Rothiemurchus|
|Christmas-ready - Rothiemurchus|
|Tracks - Glenmore|
|Practice Day - running with sledges|
The following evening, the temperatures continued to wander up and down around freezing but there was't any fresh snow to replenish the tracks. The net effect was to leave even more patches bare, and to also transform the remaining snow on the tracks into ice. The worst combination. The ice patches were too slippery for the wheeled rigs, and the bare patches meant that sledges couldn’t be used. This was one of the rare occasions where the organisers were left with no option other than to cancel the days racing.
|Not so happy - waiting for the journey home|
There are more pictures from this years event on my Flickr site.