Mountain Bike Shenanigans

To Bury
June 22nd, 2014

I really like point to point rides, but ending up miles from home at the end of the ride is generally not a good outcome. Consequently most of my P2P rides have been on supported trips like the Chamonix to Zermatt or have involved riding self supported with all my own kit like the Trans Cambrian Trail. Having the option of a lift home in the car is a new variation on me. It is however the option that let me ride up to Bury, crossing for the first time in my life Rivington on a bike. The rider names from the Commonwealth Games road race in 2002 are still painted on the road over to Belmont.

To the Ranges
June 15th, 2014

Having ridden east and north, I decided that it was time to head south and try and find the path to Hightown the next settlement down the coast from Formby towards Liverpool. I knew it existed, I’d spotted the cyclepath sign whilst out driving with the kids. I could remember exactly where it was, but it looked clear enough on google maps. I was wrong. It wasn’t the right path and a white road became a double track which became a single track and the next thing I’m at the perimeter of the Altcar Ranges with the Army shooting at things.

Near Altcar Ranges

I skirted the red flagged area, but the bath turned literally to sand which is not ride-able over any distance on a road bke with 23mm slicks so it was hike-a-bike until I eventually found the path I was looking for. Once into Hightown another white road descended into track as I headed for Little Crosby but from there it was all on the black top. I ended up in some of the less glamorous parts of Merseyside which I decided (based on the number of boarded up houses and funny looks from the locals), was not the place to be on a road bike, in disco slippers wearing lycra. A swift exit followed, back to the tranquility and relative wealth of rural Lancashire for the rest of the ride.

The Hunted
June 10th, 2014

Decided to up the stakes in terms of the turbo riding and purchased my first Sufferfest video, opting for The Hunted. It was very good, the time just seemed to go really quickly and there was good variety in the session. I’ll be downloading more.
The Hunted

End of Month Blast
June 1st, 2014

On Friday once I’d done half a days work (although officially on holiday) it was time to head out on the bike. Looped further South East than previously into one of those winds that makes you check that the brakes aren’t rubbing constantly then it was up and through Ormskirk before heading home.

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The plan for next week was riding everyday and so I entered one of the Strava challenges -1250km in the month of June, but shortly afterwards (about 10 minutes) we discovered our eldest son has come out in Chickenpox so that’s that plan scuppered and I don’t have the turbo or the Wahoo unit back from warranty replacement.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides