The Summer Solstice is behind us marking, orbitally speaking, halfway through the year. Already! So some sort of blog post is long overdue… In between all the TT and race action, you may not have noticed that June 21st – 30th is National Picnic Week. Yes, I know, it’s nine days, but that’s the only way they could squeeze two weekends into a ‘week’! Gimmicks aside, I feel a Grand Annual Ythan Picnic Ride would be a valued addition to our calendar. The idea is a simple one; we ride to a suitably picturesque spot with everyone packing their own lunch. Prizes awarded for most extravagant picnic set-up and, naturally, there should be lashings of ginger beer! Cross your fingers for co-operative weather as I don’t fancy towing the gazebo very far by bike… Expect a Forum post in the near future for the inevitable discussion about suitable destinations and whether Rapha or Castelli make the best tartan rugs. Initial thoughts are to target Aden Country Park; easily within most Ythanites’ range (even allowing for the weight of a picnic lunch) and handily equipped with public toilets and plenty of scope for the QLs to show off their MTB skills by hooning around on the park’s many paths and trails. Obviously, a later departure time from Ellon would be in order too!