There are a few big rides that I’ve read about recently that I wouldn’t mind having a crack at. The first is near to home and is a grand tour of the Peak District. Over 160 miles of it and a good proportion of that’s offroad. In a day anyone?

The second is a Transalp epic from Chamonix to Zermatt, in a slight more realistic seven days. I’d definitely be up for that too. Along the route of the Grand Raid Cristalp in places and if I survived until the final day of the ride I’d be into familiar territory. There’s details of more great Holidays from Ride the Alps here.

There are currently discussions underway within Westminister over whether or not people should be made to wear lids when out riding. I think the view on this has been quite well summed up by Steve M: “If they’re not prepared to look after themselves, I don’t want the responsibility of looking after them.”

It’s a fair point if you can’t be arsed to take a basic step to save your life, why should you expect someone to look after you if you have a serious off. It’s just intelligent thinking if you’re out with other riders. I do think that it’s a personal choice however, but big brother might have different ideas. This is the British Cycling position:

“British Cycling considers that hard shell helmets are a necessity in all events run under our technical regulations. British Cycling recommends the use of these helmets for leisure riding but recognises the right of each individual to chose whether or not to accept this recommendation.”

The Sexmidget test rode the shop Stumpy FSR recently. As it’s too small for me you’ll have to take his word for it on the performance. The review is here.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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