Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Caribbean Ride
April 30th, 2010

It’s not all work, work, work. Sometimes it’s great to get out and ride. This ride however was a honeymoon ride around part of a stunning Caribbean island. In some ways cruising around stopping off at every beach was a bit like being back on Guernsey, but the difference here was that at every opportunity we wanted to get in the sea for a swim and we knew it’d be warm!

His and Hers: Trek Hire Bikes

We hired bikes from the great little shop we found near where we were staying called Tri Sport. In terms of friendly staff willing to offer help and advice, we couldn’t have asked for more. Suitably kitted out with matching Trek hire bikes we went out for a day riding around the Caribbean’s largest lagoon – Simpson Bay. The fact that half way around this featured an area called the lowlands might have lured you into the false sense of belief that it was going to be fairly flat chilled out riding.

Near the Sunset Beach Bar...

This turned out to be a bit misleading as more than once our flip flop shod feet were pushing the granny and the lowest gear combination the Shimano setup offered. Still it was a great opportunity to see what this part of the island had to offer and we knew that this was a much easier ride than the one we would have faced had we opted to tackle the mountainous Eastern half. If it ever became too hot, it was fairly easy to find a beach and chill out or stop underneath a palm and get some shade.

View from the hilltop fort in Marigot over the Lagoon

In the end we made it to Marigot and checked out the hilltop fort that had been built by the French to keep the pesky British from continually disrupting the colony. The ride back home was interesting. The border from the French half to the Dutch is distinct in that one minute you on a bike lane with clear road markings and a smooth surface and the next the road markings have vanished and you’re riding on the dirt of the verge. Still when you know that shortly afterward’s you’re going to be kicking back with a cool beer and checking out another glorious sunset, little details like that don’t really get you too worried.

Another great sunset

MacPuppy Signs Up
April 27th, 2010

After too many moons of almost no serious riding, MacPuppy admits that he’s lost a wee bit of form and admits that he’s said that too often to tooo many people …. So he’s decided to do something stupid to restart the engines and the old faithful breakfast and bivvi squad isn’t really local enough to drag my sorry arse back up to warp speed.

The Marmotte was the obvious choice, but it’s already full so he hunted around a bit and came up with something altogether stupidererer.

He spent a bit of time thinking about it, realised it was like riding the commute to and from work 10 times in one day or just a double Marmotte lap and now seem to have burned a few hours setting up a blog to force himself towards the 18th July 2010 ;o)

Yup he just hit the button that says “inscrire” …. rider number will be with him soon

http://mission-tourdumontblanc.blogspot.com/

Oh and another thing …. the entry form wanted to know what club he rode for so he just invented “le Velo Club Bruichladdich” in honour of those of you who know why ;o)

Please give him a suitably hard time if you don’t see that he’s putting in enough riding over the next 86 days

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides