Finding Valhalla.

To a viking warrior heaven was Valhalla, a paradise of drinking, eating and fighting. In my personal Valhalla I'd drop the fighting and replace it with mountain biking! The north of England had a long history of Viking invasion, starting with raids as far back as 793 AD. Vikings were not just raiders and thieves … Continue reading Finding Valhalla.

Another ride of discovery.

I had a decision to make before I set off today. I've been losing the chain from my Boardman's chain ring because, I presume, it's worn to the point of needing replacement. In an ideal world you'd replace the chain ring, chain and 11 speed cassette all together but I've had a bit of misfortune … Continue reading Another ride of discovery.

Back to training.

My last few rides have been trail rides where I've had an objective to reach and return from, rather than a structured training ride. I don't want to allow my improved fitness to diminish so today I decided on a ride with a structured training element. I'd ride to Brinscall Woods and do 10 laps … Continue reading Back to training.

A sunny day for a few laps of Healey Nab.

A month ago I was doubtful as to whether I’d ever be able to write the title of this post. After almost 30 years of riding my nearest hill the larch trees have succumbed to a fungal disease and all 2,500 have had to be cut down. This has destroyed much of the man made … Continue reading A sunny day for a few laps of Healey Nab.

A little exploration and some really good news.

A while ago I explored a very remote trail in wet conditions and thought it would be good to check out the whole length in better weather. It hasn't rained for around 3 weeks and the ground is nice and dry so I took a road route to the south side of our local hill, … Continue reading A little exploration and some really good news.