Monday, 21 May 2012

Pennine Bridleway Double - Ouch!

A few days after I finished the ride and am still grinning to myself about finishing it. Why? I didn't break the record, far from it, I was several hours slower. I didn't have great weather, in fact I had many hours of rain. I didn't have the perfect ride, I suffered punctures, a mechanical problem and had a couple of kit issues. I am smiling because I kept on going, pushing myself towards the finish, taking the opportunities where they presented themselves (and there were plenty) to enjoy the varied and stunning terrain and views of the Pennines and the Peak District, and I kept going all the way to the finish of the challenge that I set myself, not stopping once until I had reached my goal. I had done it, I had completed the Pennine Bridleway Double, a continuous ride north up the southern section of the Pennine Bridleway, around the Mary Townley Loop, and then back down the Pennine Bridleway to Middleton Top......
Here's how my ride went:

Monday, 7 May 2012

The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival

Being lucky enough to be supported by The North Face doesn't just mean I have some great cycling gear and a waterproof for every occasion. Much more importantly; I am privileged enough to get to see some amazingly talented athletes and passionate individuals who do both incredible and inspiring things. The latest showcase for this, and for the climbers who are part of The North Face family, is The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival. It looks like a whole bunch of fun, I only wish my other commitments meant I could go myself. I'll just have to settle for gazing at this lovely little trailer that the team put together, add it to the to-do-list and dream that constant dream of "maybe next year":