Video: Liam Moynihan and James Shirley Begin Their Search for the Slop

Apr 6, 2020
by DoH .  
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The boys do enjoy a good filthy rut. Wintertime in Fort William is always an exceptional experience and if you can handle the short days and the grim conditions then you’re onto a winner.

Liam and James play in the muck from dawn till dusk and trail building is an ideal off-season activity to keep the stoke levels high for future rides to come. The boys set about some mattock work early January to tickle up the hillside for a spot February filming.

When the camera came out, so did the weather and so too did the smiles. Riding in the wet is amazing - the difficultly gets cranked up and the only real way to survive is by going in full commitment!

Battered by wind, rain and low temperatures, it’s essential to get changed as soon as the riding finishes. Once home, the bikes have to be washed, oiled and put away before they freeze. Then it’s shower time and a 3rd change of clothes for the day. Mountains of mud-soaked washing quickly build up and a life-learned double shoe/helmet on the heater rotation system is in full swing. All the effort seems worth it for that daily fix of carving and sliding through the slop. Fort William surely can’t be the only dream location though, is anywhere else in the world just as good? This four-part video series will document the journey to find the very best of riding conditions!

The acronym above, DoH, stands for Dudes of Hazard – not Department of Health. They are, however, quite a relevant organisation to mention given the current outbreak.

Filming was finished by the end of February before the Coronavirus took hold of Europe. The boys are still up for exploring different areas so leave a comment below or send in your suggestions via Facebook (, Instagram (@papa_moyn) (@jamesy_boy_shirley) or leave a comment below.

The next video may have to be another local one but excitement will be higher than ever to see some new turns once the world gets back to normal again... Until then, don’t do anything too hazardous. Stay safe!


  • 4 0
 The arrow message brings Monthy Python to my mind immediately:

And riding in mud is all nice, until somebody drowns Razz Remember - swamp sucks.
  • 3 0
 Ah lads I miss winter already! You can’t beat numb feet, numb hands, howling brakes and full commitment!
  • 2 0
 that was awesome! loved the snow section, just looked prime! how come you guys aren't using the dudes of hazard name on this?
  • 1 0
 Cheers man! Haha, new logo and new set-up but it's the same old style.
  • 1 0
 I thought that building trails was to get rid of sloppy ruts, may be I have been building trails wrong or just building in the wrong location?
  • 6 0
 You're right, it's just in winter up here in Fort William every trail turns into a manky rut regardless. Firm up a treat in the summer though!
  • 1 0
 @thedudes Sloppy riding conditions outside of scotland? Errrm Wales?

Probably after something a wee bit more exotic and outside the UK i presume
  • 1 0
 Wales defo has potential! Any more specific locations you can suggest?
  • 1 0
 @dudesofhazard: Anywhere as long as it's November to March
  • 1 0
 @dudesofhazard: Secret bits of slop tucked away all over the place though
  • 3 0
 “James, did you like my track?” Hahaha!
  • 1 2
 Yes but when ground is quite flat, sloppy ruts are not ride able in winter weather, except when frozen, So let the rain run off the trials trails for all year riding, even when they flood & are completely under water!
  • 6 0
 Don't build on flat ground then!? It is mountain biking after all. Haha, flat trails don't really work in Fort William unless they're purpose built with imported material. I do like a good flow trail these days as well though to be fair.
  • 1 0
 @Jamesy-Boy: Ground is not flat any more, check my video clips you will understand. better!
  • 2 0
 Fantastic riding in legit slop. Cheers
  • 2 0
 Their mudders were mudders...
  • 1 0
 Mud rutt'n season is here already!?
  • 1 0
 That was so good! Looking forward to more

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