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)…

We are now a cycling nation and its warm too. Enjoy!

It was the 2nd of June and I went out for my first ride this year in summer gear. Prior to this I have ridden a few times with arm warmers and braved the weather but most of my rides in the last month have started with arm warmers and a wind proof gilet. But…

I can’t believe it’s not summer

At last a ride with no Strava highlights. I didn’t have my Garmin so used the phone which is set up for running. I converted it to a ride and have no rankings. Excellent, it was supposed to be an easy cruise and without a speedo I had no idea how fast I was going….

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…

A raid Pyrenees

It’s been a long time coming, and on the way I like to think that in building up to this over the last 10 years I have inspired a few riders to seek out some interesting rides too.  At last I have had a road trip. The lasting memory is not the collection of cols…

More rain and more punctures

I went to Madison today to look at the new Genesis, Ridgeback and Saracen bikes and also Electron and L&M lights, Elite trainers and clothing. The most memorable thing was the Elite Real Axiom Conconi trainer. Doing your own conconi test is really useful if your are training or racing but the actual film of…

July is made for road riding

I know that we are luckier than most with the seemingly endless miles of trails across the South Downs and the North Downs being less than an hour away but, come on! It’s July so you pretty well have to ride on the road.  I am not alone in that thought either, there was a…

It wasn’t so bad after all

It was still blowing a houllie when I got up and seemed cold. However, it wasn’t as cold as forecast so I only needed a jersey and base layer. I rode out to Lewes hugging the base of the South Downs. I was holding back as what usually happens at the turnaround the wind still…