Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Icy Gravel
January 1st, 2021

New Year, cold weather and some ice, but I managed a decent ride and managed to link up a few bits locally that I had researched.

Icy Gravel

The second half of the ride was picking up the remainder of the Liverpool 100km Roubaix from last year where I had cut short due to fading light. Well I am not sure I missed much in terms of cobbled sections, but it was good to explore some new bits of Lancashire.

Adios 2020
December 31st, 2020

A few good rides, but in all a year that won’t be remembered for many highlights

End of the Year Ride
December 22nd, 2020

After getting into some decent riding, ended up getting a bit under the weather in December and did not get out on the bike.

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So Nick and I braved the elements to get one more ride in for 2020. It was good!

Local Roubaix
November 29th, 2020

The Liverpool Roubaix is a tough Paris-Roubaix-style sportive featuring fourteen unpaved/cobbled sectors and a finish on the spectacular new velodrome at Knowsley. There’s both the original 100km route plus an epic new 100-mile option (160km) version.

Local Roubaix

I did a 100km joining up local riding and a few bits of cobbled sections that don’t form part of the published routes. Man, it was muddy. Probably a better ride for bit summer, not end of November, but then it wouldn’t have been a grim and gritty Flanders-esque outing…

Local riding

Bike needed a proper clean after that!

Roubaix Bike

San Marino
November 22nd, 2020

An infamous descent that people talk about and that has been illusive to date. Time to fix it, so local riding stretches a bit further to head back over towards Chorley and some of the trails from a few weeks ago, but this time in reverse…

Local riding

The weather was pretty reasonable for the time of the year although after 3.30pm as the temp dropped down my fingers were freezing!

Above Anglezarke Reservoir

Back up and through Rivington, but this time right up to the masts on Winter Hill. Little known fact that at 778m above sea level, Winter Hill has the highest television transmitting antenna in the United Kingdom.

Yarrow Reservoir outlet

It was a bit of a schlep getting up to the top due to a horrible headwind, but it was good to get over the crest and make it to the top of the San Marino descent. The plaque on the stone post commemorates those who died in the Winter Hill Air Crash in February 1958.

Above San Marino

The descent gets its name from the restaurant at the bottom of the hill. Probably a fast descent in summer. Less so today!

Above Darwen

From there, it was back up and across the moors to above Darwen and some peaty Singletrack runs over to the iconic tower.

Local riding

It was announced in October 2020 that the Jubilee Tower above Darwen was going to benefit from a government grant is part of the Darwen Town Deal and will see £250,000 go towards the tower’s refurbishment. In addition to the community fund-raising for the Grade II-listed structure led by the Rotary club it should be repaired and still standing in another 100 years…

Jubilee Tower, Darwen

A decent run back to the start of the loop from the Tower, but in fading light and dropping temperatures (and a puncture that required some faffing to get the tyre to seal) it was a fast finish to the ride. Absolutely tipped it down on the drive home, so the timing was spot on!

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