Mountain Bike Shenanigans

County Durham and Cross
November 16th, 2014

Weekend in Durham, so out on the bike today heading up towards Consett and the hills. Felt a bit ropey out of the blocks but after clearing the lungs on the ride up to Sacriston, seemed to find a comfortable pace. Plenty of climbing, and a still, but chilly Sunday afternoon ride.

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Back in Durham we’ve had a weekend full of Cyclocross. Yesterday was the CXNE Round 9 & University Champs and I was back in time today for the final races of the 3rd round of the British Cycling National Trophy. Inspiring Racing…

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Au Revoir Champdor
October 10th, 2014

Local Biking

After several years of pursuing the dream we’ve backed out of our bit of France. I’m going to miss it.

Still Here
September 19th, 2014

Not riding, working lots, balance needs to change. Have some riding stuff to back date and plans to turn pedals again soon. Missing the warm weather and long evenings now autumn is here.

One Way Ticket to Marple
July 27th, 2014

Time to catch up with some friends this weekend, so the family headed over in the car and I set off a couple of hour before them on the bike. One way trip cross country heading East over the hills and then dropping down into Manchester. Leaving Formby, the IF express called at Ormskirk, Parbold, Rivington, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestbury, Manchester, Stockport and ended its journey in Marple.

View from Parbold

62 miles 3,000ft climbing. Several spokes came loose in the rear wheel to the extent that it wouldn’t go through the brakes even with the callipers in open position without rubbing. Then on looking at my stats on Strava it turned out that the cadence magnet had fallen off my left hand crank on the previous ride…

View towards Standish

Cracking weather too, not to hot cloudy with sunny spells and only a breath of wind. I’d forgotten how bad the road surfaces in Manchester and Stockport are though. Loads of pot holes.

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Ten
July 17th, 2014

Long hours in work this week, but I was determined to get out and squeezed in a cheeky 10mile loop and a fair old lick coming home exactly half an hour later. With a bit of climbing and some headwind to contend with I was quite happy with that.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides