Singletrack Nation

The Ride Journal
September 23, 2008, 6:53 am
Filed under: Talk the talk

I ordered a copy of this new magazine the other day The Ride Journal – more like a book the amount of pages it contains, beautifully presented and printed.

What makes the £7.50 more than worthwhile is the fact that there is probably 5 standard magazines worth of stories in it and so few ads it is just a relief not to have to skip past them, well worth checking out, some of the articles are available online as well – Online Articles


Summer finally arrives
September 21, 2008, 8:48 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides

Bike: Commencal Meta 5.5
Distance: 30.5 miles
Time: 3 hours

Question, how do you know the UK summer has finished, that’s right, the sun starts shining, what a perfect day it was today to be out and riding!

I had an aim to get 3 hours and 30 miles under my pedals today, worked out perfectly. A 9am start off and it was clear but a little chilly so I layered up just until the sun made it’s expected appearance, the climb up to the forest was really quiet, don’t think I saw a single car the whole 6.5 miles, just me and my thoughts trundling along at a nice pace, thoughts of my lines on the trail and the hope that the legs would hold up to a 30 mile onslaught.

The first couple of trails were showing the signs of the wet summer, really muddy under wheel it was 100% concentration to make sure that the front wheel didn’t get sucked straight into a rut and fling me off over the bars, managed a good line down through the Stream Trail and just about held it together through the completely overgrown Car Wash!

The big climb up to the Top Run felt strong, I am somehow managing a higher gear than I have ever used before on that climb, the Top Run though is a bit like getting acupuncture treatment, pine needles from overgrown trees doing their best to leave no skin unmarked.

The Deer Trail (lower section of which pictured above) is really starting to become my favourite section of the entire ride, it just flows so well, the top layer of moss is finally starting to give way to the gravel underneath, we just need to work out the last technical climb to give it flow 100% of the way.

Finished off with as quick a blast as I could down through the Middle Run and then to finish me off completely I did the lap again taking in the big climb and another blast through the Middle Run, by this stage the legs were fried but that feeling that you can only get from a great ride was there, spread right across my face in a big smile!

Stats from motionbased showed a just over 3 hour ride, 15 minutes quicker than the last time I tried that same route, so I must be doing something right with all this riding.

The first night ride
September 19, 2008, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides, Talk the talk

Bike: Commencal Meta 5.5
Distance: 11.5 miles
Time: 60 mins

Bit late in posting this as the ride actually happened on Wednesday night, I couldn’t hack the thought of another hour staring at the garage floor sitting on the trainer so headed out the door on a night ride, first one of this Autumn season, took a looped route round the park and paths close to it, nothing too exciting and it was pretty repetitive but it was good to be out in the air. Lights are holding up well and after an hour the legs felt great, so hopefully I can keep this up a couple of times a week to break the boredom of the turbo!

Lazy times….
September 16, 2008, 7:01 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides, Talk the talk

Not been bothered to write much recently, not that I have stopped biking, just not had much interesting to write about, no camera with me on rides so no photos and now that the autumn darkness has started, it looks like turbo season is about to kick in and get well underway.

Saturday past it decided to stop raining for a few hours and I managed a great run out around Davagh with Dave & Ryan, a nice 24 miles in the sunshine, of course it was completely saturated under wheel but hey ho you can’t have everything, it’s only water and mud!

I’ve managed to start the early morning turbo sessions again, although at 6.10am this morning it was a bit like pedalling through treacle, after 30 minutes the legs opened up, maybe just maybe it was the new soundtrack to my life!

Looks like we might actually get a couple of Scotland trips in this year, crossing fingers and toes at the minute in the hope that it will come off, thoughts of the swooping Kirroughtree singletrack send happy smiles to my brain.

Turbo fun
September 1, 2008, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Bikes, Talk the talk

Yesterday morning it was me and the kids for a few hours, so while they happily played outside in the sunshine I hit the turbo for an hour and watched them through the garage door, not exactly exciting and with no music to occupy my brain it was getting close to torture in the end, the legs enjoyed it though….

Decisions decisions
September 1, 2008, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Bike Rides

Day: Saturday 30th Aug
Bike: Commencal Meta 5.5
Distance: 23.5 miles

I hummed and I haa’ed so long I nearly didn’t make the ride!  There were a number of roads closed around where I live and I thought it would be hell getting back home again, but the call of a ride was too much so I went anyway, it did take ages to get back home but it was worth it.

Not a massive ride by any means, some the trails are still well saturated but just about rideable with care, I did notice I had a bit too much psi for some parts but all in all it was a good ride out, all of the Calderdale hills have helped the legs no end as I felt great on every climb today!

The new wheelset is working out sweet as well, bike feels muich better over the rough stuff using the 5.1 rims, I also swapped my Panaracer Rampage tyres back on again in place of the Nevegals which wore the rubber off in less than 4 months!!