Pretty Places

I’d had a bad week at work when I put this route together. I wanted to ride through some of the prettiest places in the Peak District to cheer myself up. You really do go through some stunning places on this ride. Of course the problem with Pretty Places is that generally Pretty Views come up hills. So this is …

Sparrowfart #3

I’ve been riding with B&DCC for a few years, one of the regular weekly rides is the Sparrowfart, an early ride on a Saturday so people have the weekend free for family. Generally, Sparrow rides are tough hilly ones. But quite short, designed to start at 07:30 and be back a couple of hours later so most of the day …

3-4-1 Deal

The Hills’ Angels are a bit in love with Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Climbs. This route was designed to give us a testing ride taking in three of them near Sheffield. Winnats Pass, Curbar Gap and Rowsley Bar! The route starts at The Fox House, a popular base for hiking, climbing and cycling adventures. From here we can take in …

Mechanical Load Outs

So we were talking about being self-sufficient, and your bare minimum load out. Basic Load Out So this is the minimum I take? But why? Spare Tube You are not going to stand on the side of a road and do an old school patch. I don’t even patch the tube when I get home, I chuck it. I don’t …

Be Self-Sufficient

You may be riding as a group of friends, with a club or solo. In all cases you should be prepared to look after yourself in a wide range of mechanical and other eventualities. This means carrying a minimum amount of “stuff” with you to be ready to deal with those eventualities, as well as simple things like having a …

Road Ride Rules

As far as I’m concerned there’s a few rules you must follow as a road rider on the roads of the UK. And I’m not talking about The Rules. Or even The Highway Code. The later being a given and the former being a thing of personal choice. But these rules really, really matter if you’re going epic. Be self-sufficient Have …

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Tour of Penrith

This year’s big event for me was theTour of Penrith. This is the second self-organised three-day cycling tour myself and a group of great friends from B&DCC have put together and ridden. In terms of Hills, this was by far the most epic, despite having tackled The Tour of the Highlands and our self-organised Tour of Shropshire, both of which …

Flat is Dull

I seem to have broken my resolve to post regularly on here after my weekly rides. I blame the weather. I had a few weekends riding was awful. Either didn’t get out or it was the worst day I’ve ever had on a bike. The Big Red Ride run by Mansfield Road Club is a popular event with the club …

New Hills – Nearly Always a Good Thing

Today, we arranged a group ride outside the club, to go a bit earlier and a bit further and a bit hillier than a regular club ride, with the group of us that rode TOTH and will be riding Shropshire. We had a few people who couldn’t make it, but it was a good group to get together. I’d plotted …

Big Ring VR

A few winters ago I tried a training plan from The Time Crunched Cyclist book. While getting on the Turbo through the winter improved my fitness, making myself slog through a dull turbo session, even one where I was having to hit hard numbers, was tough. It was really hard to hit the numbers too. Keeping going through 5 minutes …