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ride2015 – april

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 [...]

Last ride of 2014

alex 2 bikes

The promise of a final decent day of fine if rather chilly weather meant that we couldn’t possibly give up the chance of a final ride of 2014. Given that we had a day to ourselves and had eaten rather too much over the festive period, we decided to take on [...]

2014 challenge the results

fenced in

So now that 2014 is done and dusted the results are in.

To recap I set myself the challenge of riding 4,000 miles or if I want it to sounds slightly more impressive 6437 kilometres during the course of the year.

Not quite sure where the target came from but at [...]

2014 challenge – september

topping out on the burma road

September saw the lowest monthly total so far in 2014 which is in no small part down to starting a new job and no longer commuting by bike! So the brave new world of non-commuting kicked off with a couple of rides in the Caigngorms which included Laggan [...]

2014 challenge – august

big cake

In the words of Iain Dowie I feel like I put “in a good shift” in August. With the finishing of the Commonwealth Games at the start of the month and the move to a more regular working pattern there was a bit more time for getting out on the bike. To [...]

laggan and fort bill weekender

view from red/black split at laggan

So the date had been in the diary for a good long while but with recent variances in weather we were a bit unsure of what was going to in store for this trip. It was decided to ignore the weather forecast and head to Laggan first so [...]

Ride Surrey 100 (well 86)

After entering the ballot for this event over a year ago and failing to get in both me and Karen decided to take part anyway, Karen through a place in her work ballot and me via a charity place. After we received confirmation training started in earnest. Even though we both had road bikes we [...]

report: tour o the borders 2014

ian cakeriders

After the deluge that was Tour O’ The Borders 2013 hopes were high that the move to August would prevent such a thing happening again in 2014. Unfortunately the weather gods didn’t seem to agree and the forecast was for heavy rain and wind (very much like the previous day).

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Great ride but where was David Attenborough?

Mr A

Given the turn of the weather and my recent visit to the mecca of mountain biking (although given I didn’t so much as see a bike the whole time I was there on account of the snow) I thought it was about time to visit Berkshire’s very own Mecca of Swinley Forest.

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ride report: not innerleithen

cathy on a climb that is not at innerleithen

So the plan had been to head to innerleithen rather than the usual Glentress. A civilised meeting time of midday was arranged.

When driving towards innerleithen could spot a field with lots of event type paraphanlia but we thought it was the wrong side of [...]