Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Pelaw Woods
December 1st, 2015

Across the river from where I have been staying in Durham is a little spot called Pelaw Woods. It’s a deciduous woodland clinging to the steep slopes of the river cliff next to the River Wear. Problem is that it’s a very unstable slope and not long ago a good chunk made a bid for freedom. Since then the trails in the woods around this section have been inaccessible. The City Council website now has the details of the repairs now being undertaken.

It reminded me of the valley below Engelberg a few years back when Jed and I did our road trip:

Trail Cut Off


Drive Safe, Cycle Safe
October 8th, 2015

Luke Hanson highlighted that one of my old posts referenced a Department for Transport webpage that doesn’t exist anymore. As an alternative he proposed an alternative like for a group that he volunteers with, the Road Safety Group. Part of his role is to research road safety resources to share with our stakeholders, this led me on to your website and is how I found the broken link.

If you are looking for a replacement then I?d like to highlight this alternative link which has a lot of useful information as well as some specific guidance for London cyclists.

Dusky Durham
October 1st, 2015

Dusky Durham

Dusky Durham

Dusky Durham

Amazing singletrack, cleared the steep climb that has defeated me until this week, nailed the downhill, rode new bits, revisited some old bits, found the trails destroyed by the collapse of the river cliff and had a picture postcard sunset. Great ride!

Roadie Me
September 28th, 2015

Fired up the Ti Crown Jewel for a quick blat out to Ormskirk and back on Sunday afternoon. Managed to get head into the wind going up the Clieves Hills that had me wondering what the hell was going on. Felt like I was riding with the brakes on, but no just uphill and a bit of a breeze.

The turning point from the ride out to start the run back happens near Christ Church on the Liverpool Road (A59). From there it was a big ring all the way back to Formby. It’s the first time I’ve ridden the whole way back on the drops and it felt fast. It’s one of the few times I have’t faced a sapping headwind.

The ride saw me do 18.8 miles in a hour. I’m pretty pleased with that. 

Spin Class
September 22nd, 2015

The flat landscape of the Sefton Moss, a singlespeed rocking 32:15 and 23 miles.


That’s my Sunday morning spin class.

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