Ride Staffs Sportive and Cycling Festival 2017

I’ve never done a sportive before, the thought of paying to ride around some open roads to be honest hadn’t appealed to date but I thought I should be it a go and it was another chance to show off the #pichampion kit πŸ™‚

The event was based out of Chillington Hall, a location . . . → Read More: Ride Staffs Sportive and Cycling Festival 2017

Poland Cup – MTBO World Masters Series – Long

The long race was to the north of the previous 2 days, characterised by very steep sided  valleys and spurs and a complete mix of track ride-ability from flat out to a shoulder carry. After my middle epic of over 90 minutes I was prepared for a long one out in the hot sun . . . → Read More: Poland Cup – MTBO World Masters Series – Long

Polish Masters Sprint Championships 2017

A hot afternoon brought us back to the same start as the middle earlier in the day. We watched as most starters turned right up the 60 metre climb and wondered how β€˜sprinty’ the event was going to be. Apparently the organisers bounced in and out of permissions to use the touristy parks which . . . → Read More: Polish Masters Sprint Championships 2017

Poland Cup 2017 – World Masters Series – Middle

The start overlooked a classic central European wooded valley with the town of Polanica-Zdroj nestling in the bottom. From there it was straight up – 65 metres of climb off the bike and pushing πŸ™  but once up it was a reasonably dense track network with lots of route choice around steeply sided valleys.

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Dark and White Summer MTBO #1 – Castleton

I arrived at a hot and dusty Castleton fairly late as I’d been to pick up an ebay purchased toolbox for the man-cave on the way there. I know the area around Castleton, Hope and Edale well from years of visits on foot and on bike and was looking forward to a cracking nights . . . → Read More: Dark and White Summer MTBO #1 – Castleton

Poland Cup 2017 – MTBO World Masters Series

Thursday night saw the normal frantic packing and wondering if I’ve remembered everything – one day I’ll do a check list – although to be honest I’ve never forgotten anything to date….

Friday morning found me in Stanstead Airport queuing through security with mostly hens and stags on their way to a European weekend . . . → Read More: Poland Cup 2017 – MTBO World Masters Series

Dark and White Summer Series 2017

Spring has sprung into early summer and the long evenings bring back the 17th year of Dark and White summer weekday mountain bike orienteering series!

I’ve been doing these for the last 10 years or so – slowly getting to know the Peak District and particularly its steep bits year on year!

This year . . . → Read More: Dark and White Summer Series 2017

MTBO Camp 17 – Ultra Long

 

MTBO Camp ultra longs are legendary – mixtures of maps including tourist and google maps are not uncommon and the spring weather in Denmark and Sweden often unpredictable – bonkers hot or windy and sleet! This year in Northern Jutland everything was great, good maps, fine weather and fantastic views over the North . . . → Read More: MTBO Camp 17 – Ultra Long

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