Weekend Away…well 30 hours away.

My legs were still sore from the Howgills half marathon the weekend before, but I was determined to do something with the bank holiday weekend. Bags were hastily packed on Thursday evening, a train ticket to the Lakes paid for, an early exit from work agreed. Friday and I’m at the train station using my pointiest of elbows to make… Read more →

Like a duathlon, but not.

It was one of those weekends. I had a race to do, but I wanted to ride my bike. I had a race to get to, but my wife has the car. I have a friend going to a race, but he lives over them hill there. Wait….them hills have trails. My bike, likes trails. My brain wants to ride… Read more →

Cairngorms Loop Kit List

Underlined items were not used. Bold items could be left behind if weather was good.   Bike: Singlespeed Salsa Cycles El Mariachi – 100mm Fox Float 32 – carbon Jones 710 Loop bars – Hope crankset with Absoloute Black 32tooth oval ring – Surly rear hub, 21 White Industries ENO freewheel, Blunt 35 rim – SP dyno with Exposure Revo on… Read more →

Not Quite the Cairngorms Loop

You see, I’ve been through the mountains on a bike with one gear, it felt good to be out of the wind. In the mountains you can’t remember your name, cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain. 17 hours into my ride, 3 in the morning, and I’m sat on the side of the trail out of… Read more →

Cairngorms Loop

I’m off to do the Cairngorms Loop this weekend. The usual self supported MTB racing. It’s been snowing so I’m planning at least one stop. Hopefully, somewhere dry and warm.   Tracking will be live on this link – http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0F9Si75bOHu1UysYQsZyjrCHLOn6GBpu0 – showing my progression, or lack thereof, around the 300km route.   For some reason I’m doing it single speed. I… Read more →


The weather recently has been stunning. Exceptional levels of warm air, no wind, dry trails have combined to make me a very happy man. I am a solar powered human. I’ve known this for a while, but it feels good when you get reminded of it. I’ve been working on two things. One, doing things. Two, not caring about doing… Read more →

Cuba Photos

Finally working through the 2000 photos or so that I took on our honeymoon in Cuba. Some have already made their way into an article in issue 3 of Grit.cx – Subscriptions here – the rest I am going to drop into Flickr over the next week or so. I’ll pop some of the more choice images here. Why not. Read more →

Shake it Cough

Bit of a shakey start to the month of movement. Wasn’t feeling great all last week. Got home on Thursday night and realised that I couldn’t ride further than the few kilometres back from the next town over. Coughing, leaking, sinus pressure. I knew what was coming. I’ve had this far to many times to not know it now. Friday was spent… Read more →


I’ve been failing to move. Lying in a bed. Sitting at a desk. Standing on a train. Sitting on the couch. Lying in a bed. My body is confused, bloated from the lack of movement, unsure why it can’t get itself to move again. I creak and grown resisting attempts to get moving again. But I won’t work. I try to move,… Read more →

Moving to the Country

Something I wrote that didn’t make the editorial cut. I can see why, but I’ll post it anyway. Moving to the Country – distinct lack of peaches noted. Bear with me on this. Cities are hateful places to live a life as a mountain biker. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you may have a small urban trail around a disused tip/bombsite/asylum… Read more →