What would it be like to be a king?

You can ask me. Because today I became a king! That is I set a segment time on the popular app. Strava which was faster than anyone else has ever achieved. Don't worry, this blog will not continue as an act of shameless self aggrandisement. I can see why my time was so fast and … Continue reading What would it be like to be a king?

The best day of the week.

Many full time workers would hesitate to describe Monday as the best day of the week. When I worked full time I worked for myself which is a different to working for a big business. I had to turn up at my restaurant on a Monday, usually working 6 days a week. Saturday was the … Continue reading The best day of the week.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

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.

All year round riding.

In England we tend to ride all year round. I'm sure plenty of riders only go out when it's dry but if you're dedicated you'll find you have little choice but to ride in wet, cold and muddy conditions. Years ago I soon found that you need to be a lot more selective about where … Continue reading All year round riding.

Point Break.

Point Break was a 1991 action movie starring Keanu Reeves and Lori Petty. If you've never seen it, it's well worth looking up. It is a crime thriller centred around surfing. My connection with today's mountain bike ride is simply that when Keanu's character asks Lori's why she does it she says, "For the ride. … Continue reading Point Break.

Trail riding is fun!

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!