Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Switzerland News
March 28th, 2008

I’m in Zermatt right now taking in some stunning winter snowboarding and catching up with some old friends. There’s plenty of biking stories being discussed including past endeavours and future options – hopefully even some stuff that’s never been attempted or recorded before. We’re just trying to work out some dates to make it all happen.

Alpine Singletrack below Kleiner Scheidegg

Singletrack Issue 41 is due out in the shops in the next few days, it features my write up of the inaugural Eiger Sanction trip – a multi day adventure through the heart of Switzerland. Check it out! There are a few photos from the trip in the photos section, I’ll publish some more when I get back to the UK.

Not Riding
March 25th, 2008

I might have finished my 30 day challenge, but every one else is now into their final week. Samuri must be a bit gutted to have made it so far in before quitting, but it doesn’t sound like he enjoyed it much other than at the weekends. Yesterday I didn’t ride at all. I’ve earned a rest day and the time was spent going through old digital photos and uploading them to Flickr, so my photo page on the site is now much healthier looking. I still have a lot of race photos and then a whole stack of old film based photos to add too. Rode into work today, had a few beers with some friends after work and wobbled home.

30 from 30 Riders

Simon | Sara | Grant | Ali | Samuri | Jenn | Steve | Marty | dRjOn

Managing Mountain Biking
March 24th, 2008

Stuart Hardy of The University of Manchester is gathering information about the views of mountain bikers for a dissertation study examining threats and opportunities for recreational activities in the countryside, with particular reference to National Parks.

A lot is said and written about mountain biking in the countryside and Stuart needs to hear the views of mountain bike groups for his study. He’s arguing the case that more active forms of recreation should be better encouraged in the countryside and wants to test the hypotheses of Nigel Curry (1994) who said that with good management there is a place in the countryside for all activities.

Is mountain biking welcomed in the countryside and is enough being done to provide opportunities? How does riding fit in with other recreational uses/users? These are some of the questions that he’s keen to learn more about. He has canvassed academic opinion in the field of countryside recreation and it would be extremely useful to hear from the people who are affected on the ground – the people who use, and depend upon, the countryside for their activities

The very short questionnaire which takes only a couple of minutes to complete can be accessed by clicking this link. Most of the questions are multiple choice and require one answer only.

30 from 30
March 23rd, 2008

It’s done, thirty days riding for at least an hour. It wasn’t easy, but it’s something that defines my passion and commitment to the sport I love. It wasn’t all offroad, but there was no indoor riding and all my memorable rides involved getting wet and muddy. The final outing today was the logical conclusion for me. It combined the new trails discovered over the last month with the ambition to ride to Marple Lakes.

Today I made it out there and then for good measure did a lap of the circuit we used to run Harry Hall demo days over. Then it was time to head off home. Very cold today, a good four inches of snow on the top of Werneth Low and it was muddy everywhere. Absolutely caked in mud after the first offroad section, but the stunning views of the Peak District dusted in snow made up for it. Very, very cold feet, possibly with a bit of frost nip. Nice to be home now.

bike: singlespeed | trails: muddy and snow covered | weather: cold and windy, but some sunshine

Breakfast Ride
March 22nd, 2008

Well not a strict Breakfast Club Ride like MacPuppy used to promote, but it’s the Easter Break and I was home by 9.30 for breakfast and a brew. It’s the earliest proper ride (not counting commutes) I’ve managed during the entire year so far. I knew that Ivy Brook must join the Mersey, but it was actually flowing the wrong way for some reason, which was a bit weird. In the end I gave up following it and the chance of following the Transpennine Trail home and wound up back in Chorlton Green. Now the prevailing winds are westerlies so it generally makes sense to work outwards to Sale and then take the tail wind home. Not so today. We’re still in the grip of a bitterly cold north easterly and it made the ride home a pain. Still I reckon it only cost me a few minutes, but it felt like a much bigger effort.

View Interactive Map on MapMyRide.com

bike: singlespeed | trails: tarmac and hardpack | weather: cold, but sunny and windy

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides