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Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland x The Bicycle Academy

Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland 2019 x The Bicycle Academy

The Scottish round of this year’s Grinduro event was held a few weeks ago on the Isle of Arran, and it was a complete success, especially for The Bicycle Academy, who presented the work of three frame builders as part of an annual competition.

Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland 2019 x The Bicycle Academy

The Grinduro frame builder’s competition was initiated three years ago by The Bicycle Academy to showcase between three and five builders’ skill and creativity each year — and for a chance to have some fun at the same time.

Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland 2019 x The Bicycle Academy

Previous lineups have included Ricky from Feather Cycles, Adeline of Mercredi Bikes, Tom at Donhou Cycles and the Field Cycles crew. Pi Manson of Clandestine was selected for 2019, along with Andy Carr at Spoon Customs, and Ted James.

Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland 2019 x The Bicycle Academy

TBA’s Tom Sturdy also submitted a couple of frames on behalf of the Academy. The institution tutors so many students, it was a rare opportunity to actually enjoy the fruit of their own labor.

Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland 2019 x The Bicycle Academy

Their GXC takes 90s era cross-country racing as its inspiration, from the Columbus tubing to the long-fade paint, which was turned around by Jason Rourke at Blue Whippet in under 24 hours.

Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland 2019 x The Bicycle Academy

Cannondale’s Lefty Ocho fork is also a design reminiscent of the era, as are the HOPE components and Ritchey finishing kit — albeit in a brand name. The GXC rode the challenging course expertly, no doubt due in no small part to Tom’s ability.

As a cyclist, brazing your own frame is one of the most satisfying things you could do. The Bicycle Academy, located in Frome, is the UK’s premier frame building academy, not only offering a range of courses but affordable jigs and tooling for the aspiring builder.

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Massive thanks to Adam Gasson for the photography.

Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland 2019 x The Bicycle Academy