Riding frozen trails

Yesterday’s ride was one of those special ones. If you are a skier you might understand. The excitement began earlier in the week with the cold and predicted deep freeze. By Saturday I had put my plan in place and advised the crew. Meet at mine, 7 am. It was still dark. On the day…

Rule 5 – Tuesday Nights

I can’t sleep. Back to the old routine of super intense physical effort, pain, battle of will, endorphins, the rush that no drug can ever match. And the fear! I’m not used to it. Full tilt in a line at 45 kph the risk of toughing a wheel is immense. Don’t get dropped, don’t get dropped…

Are you proud to be British?

Yesterday morning I needed all the courage and motivation that I could find. The thermometer read 5°C, the wind was howling and the rain was lashing down. I rolled down the road with it stinging my face to meet my brother. He was late so I took refuge in a bus shelter hoping he would…

Scott Spark 940 review on stunning frozen trails

We have a selection of 2017 Scotts for demo: Sparks, Genius, Genius Plus and the XC Scale. As I have been waiting four months for my Scott Spark RC 900 WC to arrive I was keen to remind myself of how they rode. I took out the Scott Spark 940 which is a great all…

Frosty rides are fun and clean but you must get up early

This morning I had an early ride and the trails were frozen. I love rides like this as the grip is incredible. You can ride up, down and across stuff that you just cannot do at other times of the year even a dry summer. Once the fun is over you can go home and…

It is about the bike – Wilier Cento 1 SR review

It’s not about the bike is an expression that we all know and use. It helps justify keeping the old crock going and saves some cash. Of course a certain cyclist put the expression on the map and we all know it wasn’t the Trek and Bontrager combo that scored there. Despite being a retailer…

I want a tyre with more grip.

I want a tyre with more grip. I hear this all the time. The other one is “I want a tyre for the slippery chalk”. Well, I hate to disappoint you but, there isn’t one. You choose your tyre for everything else. For chalk the smaller the knob the better the chance of maintaining grip…

Niner RLT9 – CX v MTB and winter riding

You may or may not get our newsletters but in the last two I referred to winter riding. What is more, I’m looking forward to it. On Saturday the trails were drying nicely under the sun and gale force winds. I was praying that the forecast would be right and we would get an overnight…

The need for speed – 2016 Wilier Cento Uno SR

Last week my new Wilier Cento 1 SR arrived. I had ordered it in June so if anyone wants to complain about having to wait all I can say is that you haven’t waited as long as me. Whilst the market is grossly oversupplied the really good stuff is always scarce. It might have been…