Its been a great month for bike riding. A trip to the Bike Show in Birmingham and a few hours riding at Cannock Chase with Ben. The ride resulted in a bent crank arm after a rather ungracious tumble off a tree 🙂 It was tempting 🙂

 

We then paid Whinlatter trails a visit. Never been there so this was another virgin trail. Ben and his brother Chris came along and after a late start and some car park fettling we set out to finish the Red north, Blue and Red south routes.

 

 

 

RACE TIME. Its been a while since I raced but over the last month or two I have attended some Cyclo Cross races and the Hope Cross Country race series held at Lee Quarry. Oh boy, the pain. The lactic. The pounding heart and craving for chocolate 🙂 but what fun. It’s great to see so many people smiling before and hour or two of self induced suffering and exertion. Brilliant.

 

 

It’s not all play, play, play. I do have to work and to meet up with some old chums from Hertfordshire and guide them on a cross country ride in the Dales was work of the best kind. I met the guys in Settle and after coffee and a bacon nutty we set off for Helwith Bridge and the start of what was to be an epic day in the saddle. I decided to keep the ride on solid ground so no off piste moors riding. Nothing worse than boggy conditions to test the resolve. With dry rocky trails beneath our tires we headed to Austwick, Inglebourough, Pennine Way and Pen-Y-Ghent, with a tea stop at Horton in Ribblesdale.

I hope you enjoyed the ride guys. It was a pleasure to guide.

Time for another trail centre. This time we headed off to Coed-y-Brenin and a trip around The Beast. Ben had just finished his new bike build. His new Santa Cruz Blur carbon was to be christened on this fantstic trail. 38km’s of sweet single track, beautiful views and testing climbs and rocky descents.