I’ve dug a new pond in our garden and am currently laying bricks to support the paving which will surround it. It’s hard physical work and has had a bigger effect on my energy levels than I ever would have expected. On Tuesday and Wednesday I was too tired to go for a bike ride … Continue reading A quick spin becomes a perfect trail ride.
My title is from a poem of 1804 by William Blake which is often sung as a hymn entitled Jerusalem. On a day like today England fully deserves the eulogy. The temperature reached a pleasant 14 celcius and the sun has shone for most of the day. Perfect conditions for a mountain bike ride. I’m … Continue reading In England’s green and pleasant land.
The main difference between mountain bike riding and road riding is that the off road terrain constantly makes you change the amount of effort which you apply. Yes, a hill on the road will force you to up the power but off road the differences are more marked. It’s much rarer to be able to … Continue reading A road ride for training.
My last ride was superb. The wind dried, frost hardened ground rode like it would have done in summer, in places. A real treat in our coldest winter in 10 years. I'd hoped that the cold conditions were going to persist to give me another good ride but things have warmed up by quite a … Continue reading Returning to Great Hill.
I always like to have a plan for every ride. I'm often flexible once I'm underway as I was on my last ride 3 days ago. I started with the idea to ride 3 laps of a circuit which I'd learned about from the app. Strava. Two other riders had competed to be the fastest … Continue reading The importance of planning a ride.
After 2 rides of good training value I thought that I'd take it a little easier today on a longer trail ride with no targets. My purpose today was simply to enjoy the trail and get out in the environment on a pleasant enough day. The weather was very still and quite misty as I … Continue reading Riding Rivington Pike.
I was accepted by the Royal Navy to train as an officer in 1985. I would have gone on to fly helicopters but unfortunately my medical history intervened. I’d had a brief illness in my teens and it was decided that I was too much of a risk to invest a massive amount of money … Continue reading Remembrance.
I usually prefer to ride trails, even if I'm just getting from A to B. Today, though, conditions would have been too wet for a decent off road ride so I chose to ride the roads. This decision was assisted by my wife Ali, who is convinced that my muddy riding gear is bound to … Continue reading A road ride, which was surprisingly good!
Today has been a beautiful autumn day. The colours are amazing, the weather was calm and mainly sunny. I was keen to ride the new love of my life, my son's Trek Fuel EX8 29" wheel full suspension bike, and take it on my favourite downhill from the top of Great Hill. Of course I … Continue reading A lovely autumn ride.
This morning I walked my dog, Freddie, and on the way home I saw a somewhat older gentleman who walks and runs whilst keeping a hula hoop continually twirling around his waist. I thought for a brief moment that I could acquire a hula hoop and try to do the same. Then I saw sense … Continue reading A longer ride and a look to the future.