Tour Divide Bike

Few people have been asking about the build for my bike. Simple enough, but solid, that was my aim. Comes in light enough, mainly, it rolls fast and can take a beating. I’ve a lot of thanks to give to the folks at both Keep Pedalling and Bryan at Raleigh UK for sorting me out without destroying my bank balance. I… Read more →

Jennride Pt 2

A different day with a focus not the same as the first. Yesterday had been about riding with people, sharing memories and experiences. Today was about me, pushing harder than the day before with no fall-back net of people to talk with. After a short nights sleep thanks to Goldie snoring at his own bivi site, I got up after about… Read more →

Final Few Weeks

Tomorrow marks one calendar month until I start out on the Tour Divide.  I’ll just stop and let that sink into my head a bit. It’s been nearly 4 years since I came up with the thought that I wanted to attempt the Tour Divide at some stage. I blame Jenn, Aidan, Arno, Alan, Steve, and John and all the other… Read more →

gRVOL Ride

So, I rode the route on Saturday in …. interesting weather conditions. With some stops for photos, some route option checking, and some faffing. It took me 6.5 hours. Frankly, it’s what I wanted it to be – a big ride that I can use for Tour Divide training, on that bike, that will give me a minor pummelling. Basic… Read more →

Tour Divide: Three Months Out

Short Version: It has been cold. It’s all going well. Everything on track training wise. Kit still getting fiddled. Long Version: It’s been cold, unsurprising really, it has been winter. But logging early morning rides day after day, week after week, with temps barely rising above zero has been hard. It’s always going to be the issue with racing the… Read more →

gROVL

First there was the RVOL – Ronde van Oost Lancashire. An event my good friend Alan put together to ride on the day of The Ronde van Vlaanderen taking in the best of the cobbles he knew about as well as some brutal climbs. It was always a precursor to a few beers and some shouting at cyclists on the… Read more →