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!
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.
Some people have lots of trophies in their houses from things they’ve competed in or won at school. Ours is not such a house. My son has won trophies in the Scouts, for instance, but had to hand them back after having it for a year. I’ve never bothered saving things like the medals you … Continue reading Trophies.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Just as you need the right horse to perform best on a particular race course you need the right mountain bike. Today I wanted to push myself on 2 different pieces of trail. The first is a climb which takes over 2 minutes, so is equivalent to an 800m running race on a track. The … Continue reading Horses for courses.