A great way to motivate yourself.

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.

My last ride of the decade?

We have a few dry days, with some sunshine coming, according to the weather forecast. We shouldn't expect any rain until at least the 2nd of January and, frankly, I think all of us who like our outdoor pursuits deserve this short break. It was always going to be muddy for today's ride so climbing … Continue reading My last ride of the decade?

Riding is in the mind……..

…..though the legs come into it as well! After my success achieving a target set in January in my last ride I thought I should have a go at one of my other targets. This one I haven't ridden successfully for many years. I first rode it in 1998, if memory serves and for a … Continue reading Riding is in the mind……..

A target achieved at last.

In January I set myself some targets for this years mountain biking. I haven't had too many attempts at most of them but one target has stubbornly resisted me despite multiple attempts. When you keep missing the target it becomes a psychological as well as physical battle. I was starting to struggle with the belief … Continue reading A target achieved at last.

Trigger’s broom and how I almost swept clean.

Readers in Britain may know what I mean by Trigger's broom. It's from a sit. com. where a character, Trigger, claimed to have had the same brush for 25 years. Everyone was amazed at his economy and he had received a medal for it. Then he admitted that in that time it had had 17 new heads … Continue reading Trigger’s broom and how I almost swept clean.

Finding new challenges.

Having done a hard day's work on Saturday I decided to wait until Monday to do my next ride. I didn't feel on top form, still recovering from working on a long garden fence but I still wanted my ride to have a purpose. It has been quite breezy today and I thought it might … Continue reading Finding new challenges.

Trying a fast lap.

If you've read my blogs before you'll have noticed that I ride Healey Nab a lot. It's only 15 minutes ride away and has a series of man made MTB trails as well as some good natural riding. Last year I rode the red route in 11 minutes 12 seconds and one of this year's … Continue reading Trying a fast lap.

Clear blue skies.

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.

Mountain bike paradise.

Within a reasonable riding distance of my house, most riders would say that the closest to an MTB paradise is the area around Winter Hill, which is often referred to as Rivington, after the small village at the foot of the hill. To the north of Winter Hill you can do a high level route to … Continue reading Mountain bike paradise.