If you were to ask a mountain biker from our area about places to ride I'm sure that "Rivington" would be mentioned very soon or possibly first. When I rode regularly with friends we used the area around the tiny village of Rivington very regularly, all year round. Recently, and especially this year, I haven't … Continue reading Riding Rivington.
On my last ride I became concerned that I might exhaust myself at an early stage if I put too much effort in on a big climb. It seems to be too tough a gradient for me to have a chance of riding the whole of without stopping at my current age, though 25 years … Continue reading Exhaustion and recovery.
I've ridden a few times recently where I've concentrated on my riding technique. I've also looked at my bike setup to see if I could benefit from any changes. I've lowered my tyre pressures because I found that I could improve the grip on corners yet after a fair test found the bike not to … Continue reading Technique.
I'd planned a ride before my big challenge for the year which is to ride the Mary Towneley Loop. It's 47 miles with 6,500 feet of climbing, almost exclusively off road. So today I did that longer training ride even though I may not be able to do the Mary Towneley in April due to … Continue reading The training ride before the big one.
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.
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 believe the saying goes “Third time lucky, third time unlucky” and I’m hoping it’s true. You see, after almost three years without a puncture on the Boardman bike I’ve just had a third in quick succession and hope my minor steak of bad luck is at an end. This time I found the front tyre flat … Continue reading Third time lucky.
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.
At the top of the page is the view from my bike as I was about to leave home. I thought I'd try to ride 10 laps at Coppull Mill as I did 10 days ago but this time in under 25 minutes. Last time I was lapping in around 2 minutes 45 seconds but … Continue reading Enjoying my training.
In my last post I mentioned my obsession with speed, or more to the point riding trails quickly. I said I was surprised that so many riders don't seem to bother trying to achieve a fast time even though they are tracking their ride with Strava which will leave the evidence for anyone to see. … Continue reading Trail riding is fun!