Category Archives: British Rides

Le Terrier (HC) 2011

I can’t tell you anything about the feedstation at Slaidburn. I resisted the temptation  to head indoors and replenish my pitifully diminished energy reserves even though the prospect of  getting off my bike and being somewhere dry for a few … Continue reading

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The Keswick Sportive: how to squeeze a quart into a pint pot

I was nervous before this one. It’s true that it was only going to amount to 105 km (65 miles), but there were going to be no junk miles here.  A look at the profile was enough to set nerves … Continue reading

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The Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge 2011: resistance training and the ‘Big Society’ in the Scottish Borders

The forums are full of discussions about what makes a good cyclosportive. A  challenging  route, plenty of hills and good signposting are usually high on the agenda. Many people are to my mind a little over concerned about the quality … Continue reading

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Kirkstone, Ullswater and a journey into the unknown

How many of you think that you know most of the roads within cycling distance of home? My guess is that most of you would reply in the affirmative. Before today I would certainly have been in that camp, but … Continue reading

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Lamps Moss and the Buttertubs: warm work in the Dales

In the last week we seem to have jumped straight from early Spring to early Summer. When the sun comes out and the shadows turn darker a long ride is no longer a battle against the elements, but instead becomes … Continue reading

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The Forest of Bowland: real cycling country.

A special place There are many places which could lay claim  to the accolade of   best cycling terrain in Northern England. The classic climbs of the Lake District with the ferociously difficult slopes of Hardknott, Wrynose and Honister passes would … Continue reading

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Why do we ride in the rain?

Maybe it’s the triumph of optimism over experience that makes me persist in going out on wet mornings when even the most optimistic reading of the weather forecast offers no encouragement. Today was a case in point. We were promised … Continue reading

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Up hill and down dale: Hawes and Ribblehead

What are the factors that make for a good ride? A good route is essential. Good weather helps, although some of my most memorable days have been battles against nature in the raw. Good company or a frame of mind … Continue reading

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Spring weather and summer bikes

There’s something about the first weekend of March. Somehow common sense goes out of the window and the best bike just has to make its appearance. A few days before, I start to tinker with the brakes, check the chain … Continue reading

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