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!

Another ride of discovery.

I had a decision to make before I set off today. I've been losing the chain from my Boardman's chain ring because, I presume, it's worn to the point of needing replacement. In an ideal world you'd replace the chain ring, chain and 11 speed cassette all together but I've had a bit of misfortune … Continue reading Another ride of discovery.

Man Flu.

Newspaper reports have confirmed that men suffer far worse from respiratory infections than women! "Man flu is real, reported the Daily Mirror . Many newspapers reported the news that scientists have found men suffer from flu more because they “invest in their spirit of adventure at the expense of their immune system” (The Daily Telegraph )." There … Continue reading Man Flu.

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?

How can you know you’re getting fitter?

I like to feel fit. It's a life affirming thing to feel that you're in a good physical position. I also know that it gets harder as you get older and through mountain biking I've measured some deterioration! It isn't something to be too sad about and failing to accept the inevitable march of time … Continue reading How can you know you’re getting fitter?

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?

Riding the river Yarrow.

Many years ago my mates and I rode with someone who'd never joined us before, for a Tuesday evening ride. We tried some trails I'd found to the west of town and our new companion suggested some additions along the side of the river Yarrow which, I for one, had never seen before. I've wondered … Continue reading Riding the river Yarrow.