It’s not all about racing

I wanted to celebrate wearing my new Quest Adventure jersey and for some reason I chose the dirt. I don’t know why. Perhaps it is because my closest association with racing jerseys has been on a mountain bike. One of my greatest personal achievements, I remember it well, was walking out of the Ford head…

Who needs racing?

One of the reasons that I raced mountain and road bikes was that it was the one sure way of getting a good ride. Recently, however, I have been getting all of my fun on the Tuesday rides. These sessions allow me to do what I did in mountain bike racing and yearn to do…

BeerBabe’s Guest Blog: Taking Part in the Gulbergen24 MTB Race

Judy McNeill and husband Roy travel to Nuenen (Holland) for the Gulbergen24 MTB Race. What do you do with dis-used land fill sites? You ride mountain bikes over them of course! What else! We had travelled to Nuenen, Holland for the Gulbergen24 MTB race. Roy had found the race during a search of the internet…

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…

Southern XC Round 1, Checkendon: 5th place Junior

Here’s Will’s race report. “The week leading up to the race had been fantastic weather, all the trails where bound to be fast, dusty and grippy, that was until Saturday, when after a week of great weather it decided to rain – the day before the race. Thankfully the weather was better on the Sunday,…

Humbling but still enjoyable

It wasn’t until 5:30pm yesterday that I finally decided what today’s ride would be. I am so torn between road and off road that I usually leave the decision to some one else. If there is a race on that’ll decide, if there is a bike to test that’ll do it but yesterday my riding…

Bit off more than I could chew

I’ve been looking forward to today’s ride for a long time. I wanted to ride my Five Ways Loop. I’d ride alone which was what I wanted – no waiting. Jo & Barney were eaten alive on a road race yesterday, Jes was riding WECC Long Furlong event and Will was riding the final round…

Happy as larry

Today was race day. I went up to ride the first round of the Southern XC off the back of Will’s enthusiasm. The race started at 12:30 which threw me. All my races, virtually forever, have started around 9am. I had loads of spare time. Luckily Andy Brooker wanted to come with me. I say…

Over enthusiastic or stupid?

My legs are still aching but I’ve committed to doing the first round of the Southern XC on Sunday. Its a horrible course as I remember, no hills. Hills mean rest as what goes up has to come down. I rely on those rests. I’ve been carried away with young Will’s enthusiasm…… Southern XC