Dales Divide 2019

Hard tail… gravel bike… hard tail… gravel bike. Okay, fine. I would come to regret this decision later as it turned out, but oh well. I was faffing with bag packing on the Arnside promenade Thursday afternoon after a quick spin up the Knott when Stu came walking around with …

Highland Trail 2016: Speechless and euphoric with a sore bottom

I rolled into Tyndrum on Thursday morning at 06:35 after riding through the night to finish under five days where I eagerly joined the other Highland Trail 2016 finishers for hours of storytelling over Scottish breakfasts, cakes, coffees at the Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum. A strong bond had developed between the riders whilst riding and it was cemented by our post mortem huddle, a sense of mutual …

Countdown to Highland Trail 2016

Sometime towards the end of 2015, I made two impulsive decisions: I bought a piece of titanium with fat wheels named Rasputin without considering …

New Bike Porn: Jerónimo Rasputin 29 Plus

I wasn’t even looking for a new bike. Rasputin found me (at least that’s the story I am telling). I was just browsing PinkBike ‘for a friend’ when Rasputin growled at me. I was powerless.

Winter Bothy Loop, Mid Wales

I somehow overlooked the email from Stu about the Bear Bones Bach to Bach winter event, but I saw the bothy photos popping up on the forum and I got a bit jealous. I had a few spare holidays rolled over from 2015, so I decided to get back out to Wales for a long weekend of bothy biking.

A Dusting of Snow in the Hope Valley

After the bikepacking ‘getaway’ in Spain in Sept, I thought I’d treat Jenny to a surprise weekend away. I had all intentions of finding us a luxurious …

Quantocks & Exmoor Bikepacking Weekender

Recently I’ve been getting the hint from Jenny that I should get better at surprises. So far I’ve flat out disagreed. I am full of surprises! I take …