There have been few times in my entire mountain biking life when, after a ride, I've thought that it hadn't been worth getting out. After almost a fortnight with snow on the ground the temperature has now risen causing the remnants of the snow to turn to a mixture of slush and hard, compacted ice … Continue reading Not worth riding?
I wasn't impressed on my last ride. It had snowed but the snow was melting in places and forming ice in others. It wasn't cold enough to freeze the thick mud and I didn't enjoy the unpredictable trail conditions. I was aware that what I really needed was no snow at all or more snow … Continue reading You need the right type of snow.
I'm going to avoid the currently popular cliches to describe this year, we all know what Covid 19 has done to all our lives. In terms of my mountain biking it made little difference. I'd set myself just 2 targets for the year, one of which I achieved and one I was unable to complete. … Continue reading A brief review of my year.
Boxing day has always been associated with sport, which for many people means spectating. I've always preferred to participate than watch sport and today would be no exception. I'd thought on Christmas day that it would add spice to my ride to try to break the fastest time on the Birkacre Race Route circuit but … Continue reading Boxing day ride.
I like to set myself some mountain bike riding targets at this time for the coming year. This year I had 2 aims, one of which I met when I rode to the top of Great Hill and back in under 22 minutes and 19 seconds. Strava had me at exactly that time, to the … Continue reading Targets for next year.
I try to get out on my mountain bike at least twice a week and preferably three times. This will always need me to wash my riding gear. This doesn't involve going down to the river and beating it against a rock. It's more like putting it in the machine and pressing start but my … Continue reading Too short a ride is a waste of time.
When my wife asks me what I'd like for Christmas I usually just ask for a bit of leeway. This year could be different. Today I diced with a road rider on tarmac on my mountain bike for over 11 minutes and came out victorious. I analysed my performance later on the app. Strava and … Continue reading What should I get for Christmas?
After many wet days I didn't think I'd enjoy an extremely muddy off road ride so I chose a road ride, today, instead. Fortunately the temperature was an easily tolerable 6 celcius and the sun has shone all morning. I was eager to get out after 5 days without a ride and thought it would … Continue reading A road ride in the sunshine.
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.
Many cyclists use exercise bikes for virtual racing but I spied an opportunity for a race using the app. Strava. A local cyclist has set up a Strava segment called "Birkacre race route?". It starts and finishes at the high point of a circuit of 2.47miles, drops gently on a rough rocky track before it … Continue reading Entering a virtual race.