MTBO Camp 17 – Route Choice Training

The heated set in my kindly upgraded 3 Series BMW hire car from Budget came in very useful whilst driving over to the afternoons training. It was a beautiful setting besides a lake. I teamed up with John Houlihan for the training which was all about long legs and routechoice, each person trying a . . . → Read More: MTBO Camp 17 – Route Choice Training

MTBO Camp 2017 – Middle Race Vandet

Today was middle distance day and part of the World Masters Series! It was cold and manky with the odd shower so again really difficult to work out what to wear but in the end as usual putting up with a bit of brrrrr at the start paid off as the sweat started to . . . → Read More: MTBO Camp 2017 – Middle Race Vandet

MTBO Camp 17 – Night Sprint

After a looooong day, getting up at 2.30am, driving, flying, driving, bike building to be honest I just wanted to go to bed but no, 9.15pm was the  start for the first race of the mtbo camp cup. It was a sprint around the town of Fjerritslev, taking in the edges of the town . . . → Read More: MTBO Camp 17 – Night Sprint

MTBO Camp 2017 – Preview

Along with a large contingent of Brits I am off to Denmark at stupid o’clock tomorrow morning to train, race and generally have a good time at MTBO Camp 2017. 250 competitors from all over Europe are gathering in northern Jutland, Denmark near Aalborg for a series of races and training activities.

MTBO camp has . . . → Read More: MTBO Camp 2017 – Preview

Milton Mayhem – Midlands MBO Score

Sunday brought yet another gorgeous spring morning. It was Midlands Mountain Bike Orienteering‘s turn to hold a national series event just down the road from me near Burton on Trent. I took advantage of the weather and took the Spitfire again which was lovely but I did end up greeting friends with very cold . . . → Read More: Milton Mayhem – Midlands MBO Score

Spring Dark & White MBO Score – Hayfield

Sunday dawned as warm and sunny as Saturday and I decided it was the perfect day for not just some mountain bike orienteering but also a lengthy trip in my Triumph Spitfire, fresh from a service and recent MOT. I’ve had the spitfire since I was 18 and this year it is 40 years . . . → Read More: Spring Dark & White MBO Score – Hayfield

Open 5 – North York Moors – Ampleforth

Proudly standing in full Pearl Izumi Champion Team gear on the start line in Ampleforth, North York Moors, of my first open 5 I was full of trepidation. This would be the longest event by 2 hours I have done since my 2011 injury and I wondered if I had perhaps bitten off more . . . → Read More: Open 5 – North York Moors – Ampleforth

Cotic test day – teaching an old dog new tricks

Since 2011 when I last bought a new bike, the mountain biking world has gone a bit bonkers. New wheel sizes, new component standards from rear hubs to headsets and bottom brackets and the rise of the enduro and trail bike and different riding positions.

At some point in the not too distant future . . . → Read More: Cotic test day – teaching an old dog new tricks

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