Back to training.

Since I’ve already attempted the 2 challenges which I set myself at the start of the year, I can’t really claim to be training for anything in particular. I do, however, like to maintain my fitness and think that I’ve improved this year, so don’t want to lose what I’ve gained. Since trying my biggest … Continue reading Back to training.

Last ride before the big one.

I've been planning to ride the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop since the beginning of the year. My hope was to do it in April, when the weather was amazingly dry, but the Coronavirus lockdown prevented me. The weather was too wet at the end of August, when I last had a chance but this … Continue reading Last ride before the big one.

Disappointed hopes.

The weather forecast for this Friday has deteriorated in the last week. From expecting a decent day a week ago it now seems certain that we'll get a day of heavy rain. Everything else was in place for me to take on one of the 2 challenges I'd set myself for this year, to ride … Continue reading Disappointed hopes.

Returning to Great Hill.

I'd hoped to ride Great Hill, which rises to around 1,250 feet above sea level, on my last two rides but had to change my plan for various reasons. Today I had plenty of time and the weather was dry, though I knew the ground wouldn't be so good, especially under the trees. I checked … Continue reading Returning to Great Hill.

A recovery ride, or not?

My last ride involved a fully committed section of trail which took over 15 minutes. OK, so it was a mainly downhill piece of trail but if you want to do it quickly you should still be maximising your effort when the trail turns down. Not only that but I had to get to the … Continue reading A recovery ride, or not?

Things are improving at Healey Nab.

Every time I've ridden up my local hill, Healey Nab recently, the mountain bike trails have improved. After 2,500 diseased larch trees were felled in March it looked as if we'd never get our man made trail system back but amazing progress has been made. The Coronavirus has prevented any calls for volunteers, so whoever … Continue reading Things are improving at Healey Nab.

I can’t stop riding my new favourite trail!

I have fitted a new 11 speed cassette to my Boardman FS Pro mountain bike. That means that this year it's had a new mech. and the 3 components of the transmission, chain, chainring and now cassette. This must have cost me over £200 in total but should last a couple of years, though I … Continue reading I can’t stop riding my new favourite trail!

Back to training.

My last few rides have been trail rides where I've had an objective to reach and return from, rather than a structured training ride. I don't want to allow my improved fitness to diminish so today I decided on a ride with a structured training element. I'd ride to Brinscall Woods and do 10 laps … Continue reading Back to training.

A little exploration and some really good news.

A while ago I explored a very remote trail in wet conditions and thought it would be good to check out the whole length in better weather. It hasn't rained for around 3 weeks and the ground is nice and dry so I took a road route to the south side of our local hill, … Continue reading A little exploration and some really good news.