Has it come to this?

What sort of a country do we live in? Winter arrives and it gets cold so what does the media do? It rants as if cold weather and snow are a news item. Then to make matters worse (especially for me as a retailer), shopping replaces snow as the number one news item. I woke…

Is it an excuse to blame the weather?

As I sit here with an ice pack on my ankle I am worried that now the swelling has gone down I may have actually cracked a bone. I start the blog like this as yesterday was Sunday and we all know what Sundays are for. They are for riding. I had a lay in….

Social riding is fun

All my life riding has been about going fast. I really enjoy my rides but there is always a serious element. This week, like last, it was going to be an easy cruise. It was so relaxing, it was fun, it was social. We had a good chin wag and stopping for a pee or…

Snow and a family sacrifice

What a day? The choices would have been: ride, run, walk, XC ski. All excellent ways to commute on a day like this. Cissbury would be amazing. But, in my hard working household, my daughter needed a lift to work for a 7am start. All those choices and I drove! The great thing about this…

Coldest ride that I can remember

It was showing minus 4 when I left. I was layered up, had a Buff sealing neck, ears and head with just my cheeks and nose exposed and my Northwave Celsius boots. It was going to be a cold one so I packed some old ski gloves and a spare fleece. We met at 7:30…

Fantastic freeze

I couldn’t wait to get out this morning.  There was no way I was going to miss out on a frozen ride. If you’ve ridden in these conditions or read my blogs over the years you’ll know that there is something special about freezing rides. Perfect traction, up or down, better than the summer and…