I'm going to avoid the currently popular cliches to describe this year, we all know what Covid 19 has done to all our lives. In terms of my mountain biking it made little difference. I'd set myself just 2 targets for the year, one of which I achieved and one I was unable to complete. … Continue reading A brief review of my year.
I like to set myself some mountain bike riding targets at this time for the coming year. This year I had 2 aims, one of which I met when I rode to the top of Great Hill and back in under 22 minutes and 19 seconds. Strava had me at exactly that time, to the … Continue reading Targets for next year.
My biggest mountain bike target for this year has been to ride the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop. It's almost all off road so the distance alone is a challenge but the difficulty is vastly compounded by 6,500 feet of ascent and descent in the circuit. I was unable to ride it in April due … Continue reading The Mary Towneley Loop, ridden and reviewed.
The coronavirus situation is hard on us all. I'm so thankful that I've got mountain biking with, in Britain, few restrictions on our riding, to keep me sane. I rode this afternoon having done some gardening earlier. There really isn't much more we can do to the garden but to give a little hope for … Continue reading Wow! What a ride!
I wanted to have a go at one of my two targets for this year whilst we're still enjoying dry weather. Last year I set a time of 22 minutes and 19 seconds on the Strava segment "Great Hill, out and back". Excitingly I beat the existing time for the segment thus far in 2019 … Continue reading Trying for a target.
England can experience all four seasons in one day. Today, though, it's been summer. Warm, dry and sunny. We haven't had a period of good weather since June in Lancashire and I've started to hope that it lasts long enough to dry the trails so I can have a go at a sub 11 minute … Continue reading Great Hill in the sunshine.
I'm working for the next two days and since gardening is quite physical I didn't want to be too tired after todays ride. What seems to count most is the length of a ride, more than the intensity so I was happy to do a very active ride today as long as it was short. … Continue reading Correcting my mistakes.
Today we've had fantastic weather. Not a cloud in the sky all day. Despite the popular term "April showers" it's not unusual for us to have a good, dry month in April. Before the vegetation grows too high it can be some of the best mountain biking of the year. Today I returned to the … Continue reading Clear blue skies.