For several rides it seems like I’ve only ridden single track and bermed (banked) manmade trails. Of course I enjoy this kind of riding but my favourite trails tend to be natural trails with flat corners. Here I can reach what, to me, is the nirvana of mountain biking. That moment when you reach the … Continue reading Riding flat corners.
It’s a while since I’ve ridden repeated laps of the same circuit so today I thought I’d go to Birkacre for it’s excellent little loop. A lap starts at a high point and drops through various twists, turns and straight sections right to the bottom of the area before climbing to another high point. A … Continue reading How to ride a circuit faster!
My last ride was something special. I rode a long downhill, shaving over a minute and a half from my previous time. I also set a new fastest ever time for a segment of the downhill on the app. Strava. I beat my previous best time by 2 seconds and crucially was a second faster … Continue reading Back to reality.
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.
Today the weather is lovely and sunny but after a dog walk I felt a little tired, not particularly motivated to do a ride. Coronavirus actually made me change my first plan. I thought that I'd boost my enthusiasm if I set a challenge and considered doing 5 laps of my training circuit at Birkacre. … Continue reading A great way to motivate yourself.
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.
Today we had clear blue sky as I set off for my ride. I'd decided to ride 5 non stop laps of the Healey Nab red graded trail. It requires concentration to keep the pace even, during around one hour of hard riding. I would have to gradually increase the effort I was putting in … Continue reading Training. But why?
My title is the opening line of John Keats' poem "To Autumn". It was written on 19th September 1819, 200 years almost to the day! I've always been curious as to why the bicycle took so long to invent and coincidentally the first "Dandy Horses" were appearing at around this time. Dandy horses were propelled … Continue reading Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.
In many countries mountain biking is a dry weather sport. Fortunately in Britain we ride year round. We just need to make adjustments for the wetter weather. I have a few choices locally which still offer good riding in almost any weather. I've been riding at Birkacre and Coppull mill on my last 2 rides, … Continue reading Summer ending is not a problem.
It's funny how you learn things throughout your life. We, as a species, seem to have a thirst for knowing more which never leaves us whilst our minds are still healthy. Today I learned a few things on my mountain bike ride, some good and some less appealing! We've had showers since Monday afternoon but … Continue reading Never too old to learn!