Originally published on BikeMagic, I wrote a few words for editor, Dave Arthur, in the lead up to the UK24hr solo championships.
Read the original here, or click "READ MORE" to read it all for yourself here.
I hope the tips are useful, but not so useful you beat me with them out on the course ;-)
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Friday, 22 April 2011
I didn't go particularly fast. I didn't go particularly far. I didn't do anything particularly "rad". The trails weren't particularly "sweet". Everything was just nice; my legs felt good, I didn't really notice them and they just kept spinning, it was a glorious sunny day and I got home just nicely tired having finished into a brilliant sunset orange sky. I wish all days could be like this.
Saturday, 16 April 2011
|The North Face kit, resplendent with Santa Cruz logos - pretty colours :-)|
Monday, 11 April 2011
It had been a tough winter on the bike, and illness, work travel and work in general, and it had me behind where I wanted to be by March. No excuse though, I knew what I had to do and where I wanted to be, so with a few solid, good quality weeks under my belt and building nicely for the Uk24hr solo champs in a month’s time, I decided it was time to go racing. I headed to Builth Wells to race the short and sharp (and, importantly, very enjoyable) Exposure Lights Big Night Out. An event well outside my comfort zone of longer races and then, the next morning would ride with Grace around her first competitive mountain bike event, the Builth Wells 1000km Mountain Marathon. What a great weekend it turned out to be, perfect weather, some great countryside & big outdoors-ness and lots of familiar faces from around the UK that I’d not seen over the winter. The bottom line: It just felt good to be racing again after to long.
Saturday, 2 April 2011
|Energy gels - keeping rider AND bike going in 2011!|
Today, however, even a large slit in the sidewall of my tyre would not foil my ride plans. Throw two SIS GO Gel wrappers into the mix, pop an innertube in and the bike was as good as new.
Ride finished, no drama, plenty of sunshine and I felt very pleased with my handywork :-)