Category Archives: Countryside

25mm, 60psi, 69.2 Inch Gear Plus Mud


Just because road bikes have the word “road” in their name, I don’t think it means you must only use them on the road. I certainly don’t. Taking my langster for a ride along the local byways and bridleways, is … Continue reading

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Energy Views


Riding into an unseasonally warm southerly headwind this morning, I felt a distinct lack of energy, although on the plus side, I neither fog nor rain to contend with, bucking the trend of recent commutes. I don’t have many mornings … Continue reading

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Riding and volunteering at the St Neots Sportive 2013


We had our second club sportive last Sunday and, like last year, my morning got off to a similar routine – strong black coffee, a large bowl of porridge and a sleepy grunt goodbye from my wife. At HQ the … Continue reading

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Gathering Mists on a Morning Ride


Cycling to work has made me an avid follower of the late night news weather forecast. I had decided during the day to get up earlier the next morning to take a detour round Grafham on my commute. When the … Continue reading

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Sneck Yate/Boltby Bank Race Recovery Ride


On Tuesday night I raced the 2/3/4 Dirtwheels circuit race at the recently opened York Sports Village. During the day I had been deliberating whether or not I should race; I knew too much beer and the wrong type of … Continue reading

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Giant Haystacks


The harvest is in, and my commute has been passing fields cropped down to stubble, populated with rectangular bales of hay. Then one day I’ll ride along to find the bales have been re-arranged into a giant haystack. It dominates … Continue reading

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Seedy cycling


No this isn’t a post about exploring the more exotic routes of Dutch cycling infrastructure, but something much more mundane. After yesterday’s rain, commuting this morning along the National Cycle Network, the long grass was hanging heavy and damp over … Continue reading

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