When you feel that magic… Scott Spark RC 900 WC review

This was my second ride on my new Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup. The first was on a very wet and muddy trip following the South Downs Rough Ride route. I couldn’t really draw any conclusions from that other then it was a bit more comfortable than my Scott Scale 900 SL hard tail…

Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 review

Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 review I was so concerned about my lack of ability that I almost forgot to write up about the abundance of ability shown by the Spark. Firstly the frame works, it is exceptionally light, tough as old boots and the angles work. So, whilst on this occasion I lacked the…

Its all in the numbers – if you can believe them

This was supposed to be about numbers but they aren’t always what they seem. As I was riding yesterday it occurred to me that winter is always slower. The air is heavier, the trails are heavier, the bike is heavier and the body is heavier. However, it is not the protective layer of blubber that…

Santa Cruz Solo and Steyning fun

I should ride more! The mantra of many. We all want to ride but there are so many reasons for not doing so. Can I blame work? Is that fair? Whatever, my super form of the winter is fading. I need some serious road miles. This weekend, after doing several bike fits and the Paris-Roubaix…

I’m back!

There were many high point’s today not least a South African flag at half mast in Steyning, worthy of a fist in the air and a thumbs up. Add to that the warm weather, dry trails, a deep covering of crisp leaves and the fact that I was actually riding. I was happy. In the…

Quest Adventure Shop Ride 02/03/13

The trail conditions could hardly be better. Bone dry and just a little bumpy where the mud has dried out with foot or hoof prints still there. The shop ride is so popular that we split it into two groups and I was lucky enough to ride with the regular crew. The rides are governed…

Whyte T-129, 929 and M-109 reviews and a local trail

I don’t usually need an incentive to ride but there has been some extra pressure over the last few days. In no particular order: The weather and trail conditions are awesome (grab it while you can), I have been trying to get a time on the Blue Run (Strava pressure) and I had three new…

Enjoying the rain, the warm and my FF29

I race (badly) every Friday and now ride, not “a” but “my” mountain bike, every Sunday.  The Friday road racing was supposed to replace the Tuesday Goodwood Gallops were I’d usually be hanging on for dear life and praying that I’d last. Not so the fourth cat races. I’m not strong enough to get away…