It started with a Facebook message. So many rides do these days. This one started “Going to the peaks on Saturday the 19th March….” and concluded with “…thinking 80/100 miles with lots of hills”. How could I resist, I had already planned a suitable route ages ago, I just needed a Saturday to deploy it into! Continue reading “A big tough Peak District road ride, with hills of course.”
As with all years I like to start off with some aims; some challenges. Something to achieve and something to also look forward to. Back in January I considered myself a bit of a beginner on the road; I hadn’t yet ridden 100 km in a single ride. So to sit here now thinking back over 2015 is pretty pleasing. Continue reading “Quite a year on the road – My 2015”
There are things you do because you think you ought to, or like in this case, because it’s part of a greater plan/challenge. The Cat & Fiddle climb is definitely one of those. If it wasn’t an iconic UK climb and wasn’t part of the UK 100 Climbs book then I probably wouldn’t have ridden it. Continue reading “The Cat & Fiddle – UK Climb #70”
‘You’re a stronger man than me; pushing out a gear like that up here’, came the comment from the guy on the red Specialized as he slowly eased past me. He’d clearly noticed my chains position on my cassette as he’d followed my wheel for a while, I was riding with my chain turning the 17 tooth sprocket, not out of choice, but out of necessity. Continue reading “Taking on Holme Moss – In Single Speed!”
One moment I’m stood wondering if I should go left or straight on and a few minutes later I’m pushing hard sweating my way up one of the most wonderful cycling climbs in the UK. At this point I’m convinced that I got the loop the right way round and I am indeed riding up climb #30 from ‘the book‘.
When you decide to ride somewhere, far from home and with little local knowledge you just don’t know what you’re going to get. In someways it makes the ride more exciting and when you discover a gem there’s that moment of pure glee; when the ‘explorer’ comes to the surface and marvels at his discovery. I guess you could call it a ‘discovery ride’. Continue reading “Up Hill & Down Dale – An Evening Dovedale Ride”
The phrase “no pain, no gain” is one that’s no doubt very familiar to most serious cyclists out there. Usually referring to training, personal bests and physical improvement. But on certain rides like Tuesday’s the pain is 350m of altitude and the gain is coming back down. Continue reading “Pain & gain in equal amounts”