The Mary Towneley Loop, ridden and reviewed.

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.

Last ride before the big one.

I've been planning to ride the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop since the beginning of the year. My hope was to do it in April, when the weather was amazingly dry, but the Coronavirus lockdown prevented me. The weather was too wet at the end of August, when I last had a chance but this … Continue reading Last ride before the big one.

Disappointed hopes.

The weather forecast for this Friday has deteriorated in the last week. From expecting a decent day a week ago it now seems certain that we'll get a day of heavy rain. Everything else was in place for me to take on one of the 2 challenges I'd set myself for this year, to ride … Continue reading Disappointed hopes.

Preparing for the big one.

I'm hoping to ride the Mary Towneley Loop a week on Friday. It's a 47 mile circuit with 6,500 feet of climbing and is almost all off road. Before then my wife and I are visiting our son 270 miles away in Sussex where I might get a ride in. I'll return next Monday, six … Continue reading Preparing for the big one.

I’m thinking about next year, already.

Early this morning I started thinking about my idea to ride the Mary Towneley Loop (MTL), next year. It's a circuit of 47 miles in the Pennines with 6,500 feet of climbing. I read some forum posts from people who have ridden the route previously and have realised that most riders complete the ride in … Continue reading I’m thinking about next year, already.