Chain Gang Riding

Yesterday was a road ride in a chain gang with the University team. This is quite a big development as I haven’t been out on what is a proper roadie bike ride for about five years. Sunday’s ride took in Swiss Hill up the back of Alderley Edge and the cobbled climb up from Bollington to the top of the Brickworks. Cracking climbs and some ace descents too. It was good to get out and home again before the rain.

I bumped into Femke van Schelven‘s dad on Saturday. Since finishing her physiotherapy degree and qualifying she’s made the highly sensible choice to take a year out and race. She’s used her dutch roots to make a base in the Netherlands and is racing extensively in the Benelux region for the Moving Ladies team. It seems a long time since we worked in Harry Halls together, but I’m stoked to see she’s mixing it up with the pro women.

Jeff Guerrero and Brad Q. from Dirt Rag have parted ways with Karen and co and gone on to setup their own fanzine – Urban Cyclist. I suspect that Maurice will ensure that Dirt Rag goes on without them being involved and will continue (I hope) to represent a quality mag run by nice people. I ain’t going to be cancelling my subscription because of it. I’m sure the changes in staff will allow some more cool people to get involved in DR.

I think that Jeff and Brad’s new venture is just going to fill a fairly unexploited niche in the market. I’ve an article I’m going to fire over to Brad and some pics from my trip to Boston last year for Jeff. We’ll see what happen’s next.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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