Many years ago my mates and I rode with someone who'd never joined us before, for a Tuesday evening ride. We tried some trails I'd found to the west of town and our new companion suggested some additions along the side of the river Yarrow which, I for one, had never seen before. I've wondered … Continue reading Riding the river Yarrow.
I’ve noticed quite a few plants are starting to poke their heads above the surface in our garden and yet it doesn’t feel like we’ve had winter so far. The rain has continued, though today has been sunny at times. The wind has also dried the surface in the open but so much local riding … Continue reading Is spring in the air?
I know "rising to a challenge" would be a more common phrase but because I want to climb around 6,500 feet of ascent on a single ride in a few months time, I need to get plenty of climbing done as training. I watched a YouTube video recently of someone riding downhill from our local … Continue reading Climbing to a challenge.
On my last ride I went to Healey Nab and rode 3 laps with no aim other than to go for a ride. I decided it would be better to have more structure to my ride this time and with little rain for around a fortnight I knew the trails would be improving. This meant … Continue reading A quality ride.
Only 3 days into the year and I've managed 2 rides already. Today I started by the same route as New Years day but soon realised that the ground was far wetter than it was 2 days ago. After the first off road section I decided to take a slightly longer road route to White … Continue reading My targets for 2020.
Riding to the top of Great Hill in the West Pennine Moors is always a treat. Today I saw a Facebook post from one of my scooter riding mates, "Midge". He said he was cooking breakfast at the ruins of Drinkwaters farm, halfway up Great Hill and gave an open invitation to anyone who wanted … Continue reading Great start to 2020.
We have a few dry days, with some sunshine coming, according to the weather forecast. We shouldn't expect any rain until at least the 2nd of January and, frankly, I think all of us who like our outdoor pursuits deserve this short break. It was always going to be muddy for today's ride so climbing … Continue reading My last ride of the decade?
I've had a good year on the bike and I've enjoyed blogging about my experiences. At the start of the year I set myself 4 targets, riding the red route of Healey Nab in under 11 minutes, riding from White Coppice to Brinscall Woods and back without a foot down, riding Crooked Edge without a … Continue reading Review of my year.
Today I finally got out after a 6 day break which must be one of my longest breaks this year. I love Christmas but it does require a lot of preparation. I've also recently cut an oak tree down in my back garden. It was just getting too big after only 21 years. Who knew … Continue reading A trail ride before Christmas.
After a wet weekend we're enjoying a dry day, today. I walked the dog and found Duxbury woods to be very muddy. Fortunately Freddie doesn't care. I'm not concerned when walking but it was certainly going to affect my mountain biking. The only realistic option, apart from a road ride, was to ride to Healey … Continue reading Making an everyday ride exciting.