Here's this week's random thoughts from the saddle:
What did you get up to?
Here's this week's random thoughts from the saddle:
What did you get up to?
drove to afan on friday to go out with mrs, her sister and sisters boyfriend on saturday and sunday. Was sick as a dog spent 90% of the weekend in bed whilst they went biking and got drunk then drove back whilst the mrs had a kip. On the bright side now feeling fine for work
some loops of Ashton Court in a gap in a parental reponsibility. 50 Acre wood -the one maintained by the volunteers from the Bristol Trail Group is in excellent condition, with a well-repaired track. anyone doing it should return the favour by tearing out or cutting off some of the brambles starting to grow in.
For the final circuit of the court I managed to clip a stone with my pedal and go straight over the bars at speed, writing off a pair of gloves 'these kevlar gloves saved my hands", and adding a massive bruise on the side of my leg, just on top of where i'd got a bruise on sunday.
Product placements: Da Kine gloves, Endura shorts
Next week: road riding
Ae forest for me, first ride in nearly 3wks. Wee holiday in Tunisia got in the way.
Good to see Ae busy and the new cafe owners getting some trade.
If we could persuade FC to create some more singletrack leading to Granny Greenlove it would help improve the route the new stuff, Turbine Alley, is growing on me
3 1/2 MTB ride Friday night with a new riding buddy. Went out walking with Mrs Fox and camera to Venford Falls:
Went for a 40km hilly road ride then went out with Mrs Fox at sundown and shot the Supermoon and the wonderful sunset
Thursday (it's the new friday) - ringing round getting the MG insured
Friday - getting the MG MOT'd, walked arround Derby, drank too much coffee, poked my head under/in a load of expensive sportscars (A-H 3000 and a Jag 140 and a fleet of MG's) whilst the garrage was tinkering, went nextdoor to the posh bike shop to dribble over some Cervelo lovelyness.
Saturday - Day out with my parents and girlfriend mooching arround Rutland.
Sunday - 70miles on the road, 2 cafe stops, 1 at a steam railway for mediochre cake and tea, the other had some particulalry easy on the eye waitresses and fantastic scrabbled egg and smoked salmon on toasted bagles with a nice latte.
quick ride round local loop avoiding the rain(just) with brother who has committed to riding more this year inc night rides in the winter and now starting a weeks staycation
Got up yesterday @ 7:30 ready for the usual Sunday ride. Went outside to let the dog out and decided that my hangover and Le Mans had priority over riding in the rain feeling crap.
Went inside and lay on the sofa for 6 hours watching the 'race' in my bike gear
Must do better and will take the bike and dog out tomorrow night.
Sat, I did a long coastal walk going west.
Sun, I did a longer coastal walk starting at the end point on Sat and carried on wester...
I totally enjoyed the wet and wind on Sat and yesterday's walk was fab too..
Next walk will involve an overnight tent stop carrying on the coastal path.
I'm glad of the rest from bikes.
190 miles on the road in the heaviest rain I've ever experienced, up to Edinburgh and back (pre-riding the LEL route), on saturday.
Much more fun on sunday helping my 5-year old get to grips with his new Islabike, introducing him to the fun that is popping off a kerb
Rode to the local bike park in Stirling (at Wallace High) and watched the boys pump the gnarr:
Saturday: went skydiving for my girlfriend's birthday
Sunday: stripped, cleaned, greased and rebuilt my front hub in the morning. Went for a ride in the mountains in the afternoon. Got my bottle back after 2 months of crash-based wussiness.
Saturday - ate pasta, Sunday - rode the Dartmoor Classic, in evil headwinds and rain for the first 3rd, the rest was actually alright. done my first century! feeling pleased with myself this morning, especially after all the whinging about not wanting to do it
Saturday + Sunday - rode around Chatel looking for trails to show off the new Lapierres to the journos coming for the launch week
With Sara (mrs Flowmtbguy and now Lapierre PR person) constantly telling me how great the new bikes are
Like I need to be told!
Afan W2 with all the new bits of Friday night.
Yesterday Elan valley challenge- a very wet and windy 75k on some classic mid Wales trails.
Despite being skirted by a Typhoon (Weather: Cyclone T3) I still managed to get out on a group ride, bit slippery mind and when it did rain, it did really rain.
Fitted some Hans Dampfs (Brilliant, in every way they seem better than the Fat ALbert, Nobby Nic combo I had on). Bit of exploration of the PBW up around Piethorne. I should have started exploring up here a few years ago, I've been missing great trails on my doorstep (well, 18km up the canal away).
the usual Dorking-Peaslake-Dorking ride > 25 miles plus 15 on the road getting to Waterloo and back.
pushed it too hard though on the way back and then raced a roadie from Westcott to Dorking so felt rough on Sunday.
Weekend camping in Dalby forest with mrs Cfsb a few good friends and their families. Rode the red trails on Saturday.
Back to work this week and looking forward to next and a week away on my own, with bike n boots, not sure if to head for Lakes, or Exmoor yet.
Led NATS around the 5 Dales circuit. Started off very wet indeed. Lost two members after one went over the bars (hope she's OK!) then lost another two a number of miles later as they were cold and knackered.
Weather picked up towards Chatsworth and stayed OK-ish all the way back to Darley Bridge. At arrival back at the car the *£$%! sun came out
the cake I made was appreciated and there were lots of smiles at the end.
weekend in les gets so about 80mile of cross country aided by a few lifts with the odd downhill thrown in, most enjoyable.
Gratuitously looked for hills on my cross bike, ran up some where there was a perfectly pleasant rideable alternative, got lost in the woods looking for the hidden trails that truly were this time, got cold feet. It was all great.
I got up to this:
Route was 60-70% off road. My first century.
An "old boys" meet at Cannock on Saturday (sunny) got delayed till sunday, (constant heavy rain) Still we had a lot of fun, destroyed our brakes/pads, and i now have approx 2kg of the track in my shower tray.
(not many people doing the blacks it seems in the rain, as i was on my own on them......)
Cycled down to the local pub on Friday evening for a couple of quiet birthday beers with an old friend..
The music at the pub was an old fella karaoke singing old 50s rock n roll hits and was incredibly loud, so after a few more beers we decided that I should give my pal a backy into town in the hope of finding somewhere a bit quieter..
Cue many Sailor Jerry's, a few more pubs and a couple of house parties and I was a woebegone sight as I staggered in with my tail between my legs at 8.30am the next morning..
Mrs Yunki's mother was in attendance to join in the scowling and silent treatment which made the morning all the more bearable..
Hangover still showing very little sign of abating this afternoon..
hopefully my trusty pub bike is still locked where I left it in the town centre..
Saturday rode at Wharncliffe, Abigale was trying out her new to her forks in prep for the Alps trip
Wimped out of a snowdon trip, took the singlespeed out for the first time in aaaaages, reminded myself just how awesome SSing is. Got to the top of a silly steep climb (darwen tower) and I felt like beating my chest and bellowing a loud roar to the world in general - like a smaller, slimmer only slightly less hairy version of king kong.
Rickos, I like!
Rocketdog what's that rear guard? Can't decide if it's genius or a "getting behind the saddle" health hazard.
Spent Sunday on my CX bike doing the Great Notts Bike Ride and clocking up my first cycling century. Moving time of 6:53 with slightly over an hour of food + rest stops. Massive feeling of pride until I saw "composite" above had done his first century this weekend but it was 60% off-road. Wow.
Saturday went off to Cwmcarn for the first time, which was fun, even though I was being slow & cowardly.
Sunday was spent doing as little as possible ;0)
Rode from Windermere up Walna scar rd hit the top, then the wind hit me struggled to go down the other side so bailed out and picked a route back to Kendal.It was part of my Lakeland 200 recce.Even though they have filled in Walna Scar still managed a pinch flat1
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