Scotland, Mountain Biking and More!

Posted on in by Jaclyn Paaso

I have places on my list that I've always wanted to visit. I check them off one by one, always looking forward to my next adventure. I have to admit though that Scotland was not originally on my list. For a place to make my list it usually has to have something to do with skiing. In the last couple years I've reignited my passion for mountain biking, DH in particular. This has taken me to South Africa, Australia and now Scotland! All three locations that would not normally make my list due to the lack of good skiing.

Scotland, not famous for it's great weather welcomed me with a pretty good rainstorm. I hoped it would be short lived and not the theme of the trip. The following day my wish came true and I was able to start exploring this beautiful countryside.

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I came to Scotland to go biking. We stayed in Tweed Valley, which is the center of some pretty great mountain biking. Whether you prefer XC, DH or even dirt jumping the 7 Stanes area seems to have something for everyone! I was pleasantly surprised with how great the riding is in Scotland.

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On our drive from Edinburgh to Tweed Valley we noticed a dry ski slope on the hillside. I've been to water ramps in the summer to train my jumps, but I'd never been to a dry ski slope before. We passed it the first time, the second time we decided we just had to try it out!

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This was such a unique experience for me! It was similar to skiing on snow, yet so different at the same time. I definitely prefer the real thing, but I did have a great time trying this out. It's worth a try I'd say!

I didn't have the greatest expectations when I planned this trip originally. I knew I was going to ride bikes, see friends and do a little sightseeing. However, I never imagined that I would be thinking of when I could come back again. Scotland, although very rainy at times is a beautiful country with so many sites to be seen and things to do. I recommend going, especially if you enjoy biking!

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Jaclyn Paaso

After many years as a competitive mogul skier, with one title as Jr. World Combined Champion, Jaclyn decided to take a break from mogul skiing. Jaclyn moved out to Lake Tahoe, California where she became a freestyle coach for the Alpine Meadows Freestyle Team and then the Squaw Valley ski team.


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