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ride 2015 – october

road bike gets an outing

Well October was a bit of a mixed month for riding.

The month started and ended well kicking off with surprisingly high levels of motivation in part as a result from the warm weather and ending with reaching the 150 target.

Unfortunately the riding was interrupted somewhat by a bout of manflu that meant the tail-end of the warm weather was missed! read the rest of ride 2015 – october »

ride 2015 – september

muddy start to the month

A bit late in getting this together due to non-biking holiday but September saw surprisingly ok weather in the west of Scotland and some cracking rides!! Having said that the month kicked off with the fitting of a mudguard (sure sign autumn is on the way) and muddy local rides…


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ride 2015 – august

cake and coffee alps edition

cake and coffee alps edition

August kicked off with the long awaited jaunt to the alps which I have been absolutely rubbish in doing any kind of write up about about. Suffice to say there was fantastic riding, some fantastical crashes and amazingly a near complete week of sunshine.

There were a bunch of photos taken mainly of sitting about drinking coffee…

cakeriders photos | tony’s photos | ben’s photos | pod’s photos | rich’s photos

Using Chatel as a base to get over in to Switzerland as well as venturing out and riding some of the nearby spots worked really well and let us tackle a variety of trails as well as a variety of places for cake!!


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ride 2015 – july

cotic and mud

Well the height of summer saw a lot of riding in wet horrible conditions and not the heat wave that the south of the UK seemed to be enjoying!!

July in riding terms was notable for a number of reasons, not least breaking the 100 rides this year mark and finally doing a full day jaunt on the road bike to some islands off the west of Scotland… read the rest of ride 2015 – july »

ride 2015 – june

rich on cross border trail

rich on cross border trail

During June I managed 2 visits south of the border to ride in England – an eventful weekend at Kielder and also the return after a 2 year absense to Mountain Mayhem.

So at the halfway point of 2015 time to look at the facts and figures so far…

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ride2015 – may

cathy at Ae

cathy at Ae

In terms of riding you gotta love a month that starts with a Bank Holiday, though due to a known busy month at work May was always going to be a struggle fit in decent amount of time on the bike.

I was surprised looking that figures how doing just a few road rides racks up the miles so May ended up being the most miles in a month for 2015 so far. read the rest of ride2015 – may »

ride2015 – april

cathy riding at Kirroughtree under blue skies

cathy riding at Kirroughtree under blue skies

The real riding in April kicked off in fantastic style with a mini 7 Stanes tour. Based out of a wooden pod at the Barnsoul Campsite we managed to visit Mabie, Kirroughtree and Dalbeattie over a surprisingly sunny Easter weekend.

Ideal riding conditions of low teens in terms of temperature and clear skies made it spot on. I failed to get the remedy back up and running so the weekend was done on the cotic bfe which was great fun if a little harder work on some of the rockier sections at Dalbeattie on the final day.

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ride2015 – march

the road bikes came out of hibernation

the road bikes came out of hibernation

A month of contrasting weather and riding takes me to the 1/4 point of 2015 and remaining on target to hit the 150 milestone of rides this year. March saw not only the first event of 2015 but also the first MAMIL outing of the year…


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Muckmedden 6hour report

muckmedden 6 hour

muckmedden 6 hour

I think the tweet below pretty much sums up overall feeling about muckmedden…was a somewhat challenging course and event.

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ride2015 – february

let them eat cake

let them eat cake

As well as being the shorted month of the year I have a sneaking suspicion that February might end up being the busiest month of 2015.!! As well as getting hitched also managed to get out on 15 rides during the 28 days of February.

It was also the month where the most number of cakeriders came together in one place. Though there were no bikes in sight and rather than lycra/baggy shorts (delete as appropriate) we were all in our best bib and tucker! read the rest of ride2015 – february »