South Downs 100 or is it 160?

My season is coming to an end. This is depressing but for the first time ever I have a planned sojourn from riding. Tomorrow I’ll miss the Tuesday ride, next week I am away, I could do Tuesday 5th November but on the 6th I have a hernia operation, six weeks later (the recovery period)…

Mountain bike demo day 23rd March, muddy and wet.

As the week went on the bad weather forecast kept getting shifted back later and later in the week until  it broke late on Friday . The rain was set to finish Saturday morning and, sure enough, by the time we had set up the Ezi-ups and got the bikes out the rain had stopped….

Bad weather: Good clothing helps but so does being mad.

Sunday morning was a day for the hardy. The forecast was bad, the weather worse with rain and a lot of wind. To add to our problems the roads were flooded. There were more puddles and streams running down or across the roads than I have ever seen in all my years of riding. However,…

What was the weather like for you today?

I had to get a torch to see the thermometer Sunday morning: 10C at 6:30, excellent. It would be warm unlike last week’s frost and fog. I was on the road again. Why? Well I’ve been mountain biking since 1984 and have spent enough time in mud to have loved it and to have loathed…

Punctures and luck…

Touch wood and all that…. The fact is I don’t get many punctures, road or off road. Apart from a pinch puncture blip when I first started riding a 29er I’ve hardly punctured. Is it the quality of equipment, riding style or luck? I don’t know. I like to think that it is the former…

Windy rides and the sail effect of deep section rims

I can’t remember a year like this. I raced through bluebell woods in bright warm sunshine  last Sunday and then, on Tuesday, I visited hell. I raced at Goodwood. The rain started before I could finish my warm up lap so I was soaked and shivering before the race started. I hate the violent shaking…

Winter riding in May with the Scott Foil

My bike is in bits. I’d put off servicing it over and over other than minor adjustments. Its coming up for three years old and it has never had a full service. Be warned, if you love your bike, regardless of cost, it needs servicing. For those of you with high value bikes it makes sense…

Will’s Race Report from Dalby

It’s not all about my rides, here’s Will’s race report from Dalby: Round two of the national points series was held at Dalby forest.  This was one I was really looking forward to due to its reputation of being a very technical and hilly course. It was more or less the UCI World Cup course.  As usual…