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10 days in Calderdale
August 28, 2008, 6:15 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides, Bikes

Bike: Commencal Meta 5.5
Distance: 101.5 miles
Time in saddle: 13 hours
Feet Climbed: 10,701
A busy 10 day holiday resulted in 5 rides, 3 long and 2 recovery, not a bad net return. The miles were not massive but time in the saddle and effort definitely were, nothing like those steep sided valleys to get the climbing legs moving.

The weather was not kind to me, plenty of rain which resulted in saturated ground and a lot of mud but it was still great XC riding, less words more photos:-

Bridleway up to Stoodley Pike

Path back down from Horsehold

Bridleway to Jack Bridge

Climbing up from Hardcastle Crags

The ground was a tad waterlogged!

Looking down on Gorple Lower Resevoir

Coming down through the maize of bridleways towards Todmorden


Chasing Rainbows
August 10, 2008, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides

Bike: Commencal Meta 5.5
Distance: 23.5 miles

Woke up to the delicate sound of rain hammering it out of the sky as if it was a race to the ground, so delayed my start off to see if things would ease up a bit, they did slightly but it did mean I couldn’t have as long a ride – hey ho.

Didn’t fare too bad weather wise, just 3 downpours interspersed with sun in between although the wind was strong – seems par for the course these days.

The ground was suffering with all of the wet weather, bit like riding in a marsh for most of it, still great fun though, notice that the trail fairies had been at work on the stream trail again, very muddy under wheel had to use all my concentration to stay upright!!

Legs felt really good today, ready for a thrashing in Calderdale starting on Friday, will hopefully squeeze 4 or 5 decent rides in on our 10 day visit, must remember the camera, think I have my routes sorted, can’t wait!

Can you spell R–A–I–N
August 3, 2008, 8:18 am
Filed under: Bike Rides

Bike: Cotic Roadrat
Distance: 37 miles

Need I say anymore than the title of this post suggests, if the heavens took a second I might have been able to see a gap between the raindrops, but no, they just decided to dump everything they had on me twice…could hardly see the road the in front of me for the river running down it…and then to top it off a wasp decided to lodge itself in between the arm of my glasses and my eyebrow and lodge a sting for good measure, those little buggers are the devil incarnate!

See that’s karma coming round and biting me in the ass, should have taken the proper bike out instead.