Monday Morning Debrief 75

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Another Monday, another week, another day of more daylight. The birds are definitely twittering in the trees, it’s daylight before it’s time to leave the house. It must be nearly spring. Hurrah hurrah, the dark days are nearly behind us. Did you get out to play?

With most of the Singletrack Gang down at the London Bike Show, there was a lot more talking about bikes than there was actual riding of bikes this weekend.

Wil was chief talker, doing many broadcasts on Facebook Live. The Dirt Jump displays were pretty cool, but we’re still all waiting to see the footage of Wil having a go. We’re sure he’d have been killing it. Right?

The rest of the weekend seems to be largely a tale of parents. First up, Hannah got out for a ride on her current Giant Full E+1 e-MTB for some repeated runs of Pecket Well, a favourite local descent marred only by the long and busy main road climb to the start of it. Of course, on the e-MTB this was no trouble at all, and Hannah got back home to the family having done five runs down the descent. Sadly there is no photographic evidence of this outing, but here’s a photo of Hans Rey doing the same trail.

Hans Pecket
We’re sure Hannah looked just as fast as Hans. Really.

More parents, and more Hebden trails. Kat Crompton reports in:

Two busy Mums got to ride some favourite Hebden Bridge trails this weekend. It’s fair to say my riding has taken a back seat for almost 12 months now after being pregnant and having a baby to feed every few hours. It felt wonderful to have a few hours this weekend just to ride bikes and natter with a friend. I had a big smile at the end the last trail of the day.

Pic courtesy of Charlotte Haworth.
Pic courtesy of Charlotte Haworth.

Proving that there are other places to ride, and that Dads can ride bikes too, Tom Nash went riding his local trails in the Borders:

Photo Credit: Tom Nash Definitely one for the album.

Nothing quite as cool as going on a ride with your kids. Able to pedal before he was four, Luke is quite happy to pedal off into the distance and the confidence grows every ride. The start of a new, but exciting and rewarding, aspect to mountain biking.

Ben Gerrish was out there riding trails, but also doing some prep for the summer.

Photo Credit: Ben Gerrish
Photo Credit: Ben Gerrish

“Plenty of riding yesterday at Inners and the Golfie but more excitingly Saturday was spent making plans and clearing lines for summer!”

Meanwhile in Whinlatter, our Skilled Snapper, Mr James Vincent, was out mining for photos in this gloriously green and lush backdrop. What a beautiful shot!

And of course, the biggest news of the weekend is that Our Glorious Leader, Chipps Chippendale, had a birthday. Not a Big Birthday, but a birthday nonetheless. So off he went to ride bikes and drink wine (hopefully in that order) to celebrate.

Right then. Onwards. To work, and to the week ahead.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (3)

    Love that picture of Tom Nash and his lad – cover shot for the next issue? Would be a bold departure from the norm!

    What MCTD said, lovely photo. where/what trail?

    I love cycling with my little boy; always a happy-sad moment when I have to put the saddle up. >sigh<

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