Our recent adventures...
These are just a few snipets from being out and about, and our future events.
Dates for your diary
We'll have this updated with something awesome soon.
If 70km with 2000m of climbing sounds like your thing then make sure to get signed up to Grinduro next year. This weekend was type 2 fun at it's very best, with around 1/3 of the field DNF, I was pleased to get around in one piece. I'd put it on a similar level to the Dirty Reiver, although 3 Peaks CX still holds the prize for most challenging.
MTB L2 Assessment
Today, I headed up to the Lakes again to be put through the ringer by Cyclewise. I passed my L2 MTB Leader assessment and it was an amazing day with at 40km route with 1000m of vertical ascent. Ouch.
Reyt Good Bikepacking Workshop
The amazing Tasha led the offroad bikepacking workshop at Alpkit Ilkley. It was amazing to share hints and tips with keen newbie bikepackers. See you on the trail soon.
Social Ride ft.Reyt Good
We got our Social Rides kick started with a collab with Reyt Good Bike Club. Our route took us from Ripley up to Fountains Abbey and back - in time for a cheeky icecream.
Hope Women's Ride
Today's adventure landed me in Gisburn forest for the Hope Women's Ride. It was a great ride designed to promote women's riding and make MTB accessible. Plus these guys know how to bribe people with snacks, just look at this lot!
My most recent adventure sees me exploring some beautiful bridleways above Ladybower in the Peak District. The weather is quite a change from my last blog posts.
L2 MTB Training
I started my L2 journey in the rain, sleet, hail and mud. Cyclewise (Lake District) conducted two days of tuition putting my MTB Fundamentals knowldge to the test. It was amazing fun with great people.
Sherwood Pines/Cannock Chase
Adventures this week have taken me down South to Sherwood Pines and Cannock Chase to assess some of the upcoming XC venues for the new season. Some super gusty winds (+45mph) limited each ride but lots of fun was had.
Reyt Good Bike Club
Nothing better to do on a wet and windy January day than meet up with lovely likeminded cyclists and have a blast around the Dales. Plus we stopped for hot chocolate at the end.
It's been an exciting year for eveyone here and we are looking forward to lots of cycling related gifts under the tree. We wish you all a happy Christmas.
November Social Ride
November's social ride took us through some beautiful Yorkshire countryside near Harewood House and the Emmerdale set. The weather was a little damp but to our delight the sun came out for a post ride snack at Muddy Boots Cafe.
Cycle for Health
Over the past few weeks I have been lucky enough to be involved with Cycling UK's project Cycle for Health. The project aims to support adults with physical and mental health needs develop a confidence and interest in cycling. This was a perfect autumnal day by the canal, I couldn't resist taking a photo.
October Social Ride
We've been lucky enough to be granted permission from North York Moors National Park to use Sutton Bank trails for guided rides (the only people that have, to my knowledge). I was excited to explore them with our social ride. We covered around 20km in the blustery conditions, but morale was high and it was great to get out and see those famous views. Plus, I had new snacks from Outdoor Provisions, which were super tasty. Yum.
On Sunday, we had an amazing day meeting new poeple at Alpkit Ilkley. It was a great day finding out about what people like about cycling and how I can best design courses and rides. My dog would like to thank everyone who gave him snuggles - he really appreciated the love.
01.10.21 - 03.10.21
Enduro World Series
What an awesome weekend in the cycling hub of the Tweed Valley! There was some excellent mountain biking to watch and to have a go at. Glentress and Innerleithan have an amazing range of riding from beginner to expert, which made watching the competition really exciting - even in the Scottish rain.
Route finding in Nidderdale
One element of being a ride leader is riding potential routes ahead of course. It is a great day out, riding new bridleways that you'd never have found before. It is always particularly awesome if the weather is beautiful and the scenery inviting. Nidderdale always seems to deliver on both counts.
18.09.21 - 19.09.21
Ard Moors 2021
After the awesome weekend at Ard Rock I thought that I would volunteer to marshall at Ard Moors. I was lucky enough to be put on the rock drop an see a huge range of riders take on this quite daunting obstacle. It was a great weekend - I'm looking forward to riding it next year!
21.08.21 - 22.08.21
Keilder Forest Bothy Trip
There's not many places in England you feel more alone than Kielder Forest. Its a huge expanse of over 60,000 hectares of trees that straddles the border with Scotland. Hidden within is the Kershope head bothy, where we stayed for a cozy night after being drenched in the day. Well worth a visit for bikepacking or walking in, but take a torch - you woudn't want to get lost in the woods.
Trash Free Trails/Trash Mob meet up
If you haven't come across Trash Free Trails then you should visit their website now. It was awesome to meet up with them at Bike Park Wales and get to know more about the Trash Mob and the awesome initiatives they are working on. Plus we squeezed in a few runs before the day was over.
Photo courtesy of Rich Baybutt
06.08.21 - 08.08.21
Ard Rock 2021
What an awesome few days! A range of weather; from sideways rain on Friday to beautiful sunny skys on Sunday. I marshalled at different stage finishes and even tried some amazing artisan doughballs. Next year I'll get priority to ride - just got to choose between all the events...
13.08.21 - 17.08.21
Everyone deserves a holiday! When your friends are riders too the obvious answer is a mountain bike holiday. Our girls trip didn't tick the normal boxes - instead we opted for van camping, rain and mud. It was awesome! We visited North Wales and rode at an awesome variety of places - Antur Stiniog, Penmachno, Marin Trail and Coed-y-Brenin.
Navigation Skills Course
I had an amazing day in the Peak District improving my navigation skills under the watchfull eye of Oli from PureOutdoor. The weather was supposed to be awful but was dry and blustery instead. I refreshed my understanding of route planning, pacing and walking on a bearing. It was super helpful and I had the bonus of also meeting some great people!