Looking to the future.

Having tried to achieve the 2 mountain biking targets which I'd set myself in January this year I just about made one, the climb to the top of Great Hill and back in less than 22 minutes 19 seconds. I achieved exactly that time according to the app. Strava but consider I succeeded because my … Continue reading Looking to the future.

A target beaten. Just!

Today started cloudy with a light breeze wafting from the north. I decided to have my second try at one of the two targets which I've set myself for this year's mountain biking. It's a simple matter of beating my best time from last year from the top of Edge Gate Lane to the summit … Continue reading A target beaten. Just!

13 minutes 50 seconds.

Thirteen minutes and fifty seconds was the time I set last time I rode from the top of Great Hill down a big, mainly downhill trail to the Goit, which is a straightened river. Today my plan was to ride the same downhill but making sure it wasn't a race against myself, with the inherent … Continue reading 13 minutes 50 seconds.

Wow! What a ride!

The coronavirus situation is hard on us all. I'm so thankful that I've got mountain biking with, in Britain, few restrictions on our riding, to keep me sane. I rode this afternoon having done some gardening earlier. There really isn't much more we can do to the garden but to give a little hope for … Continue reading Wow! What a ride!

Trying for a target.

I wanted to have a go at one of my two targets for this year whilst we're still enjoying dry weather. Last year I set a time of 22 minutes and 19 seconds on the Strava segment "Great Hill, out and back". Excitingly I beat the existing time for the segment thus far in 2019 … Continue reading Trying for a target.

Are we breaking records?

This time I'm not talking about personal records for ride segments on the app. Strava. (Though maybe more of that later!) I'm talking about weather records, specifically the amount of rain we've had. This winter was already much wetter than last winter, I could tell this from the ground conditions on my bike rides. During … Continue reading Are we breaking records?

Great start to 2020.

Riding to the top of Great Hill in the West Pennine Moors is always a treat. Today I saw a Facebook post from one of my scooter riding mates, "Midge". He said he was cooking breakfast at the ruins of Drinkwaters farm, halfway up Great Hill and gave an open invitation to anyone who wanted … Continue reading Great start to 2020.

An old school trail ride.

In the mid '90s I'd often ride a trail with as little road riding as I could manage, not repeating any section. More often, though I'd ride to a favoured area or section of trail and session it. Riding the same part repeatedly to improve my riding. This is a very valuable tool to improve … Continue reading An old school trail ride.

The World’s longest second.

There are 60 seconds in a minute but I'll explain later why one second of today's ride became massively significant. I've done 3 days gardening this week so I might not have been in the best condition to set any records but I felt driven. Last year I rode up Great Hill and my time … Continue reading The World’s longest second.