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| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 16/01/2013 10:48am

Guest blog: Steve Chalk tries to find the perfect partner

Training for our assault on the Pennine Bridleway is up and running… lots and lots of running to be honest.

The fog rolling in made for some interesting descents!

I guess I don’t need to be telling anyone that conditions over the past month haven’t been the best, so a lot of planned rides have been cancelled in favour of miles on the treadmill.  That said, I’ve got out a few times and one Sunday morning ride in particular was brilliant – bitingly cold but sunny when I set off, but by the time I was 10 miles from home I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face for fog. It made for an interesting downhill run or two!

Joe Henstridge is Team SSIJ’s current star.  He’s a real die-hard who is out in all weathers riding and running the trails. What’s worse, is he absolutely loves making the rest of us feel shame by constantly tweeting about his daily exploits as he cuts through the latest mudbath.  Don’t worry Joseph, we’ll make you pay… if we ever catch you!

On the bike front, everyone seems to be beg, borrowing or stealing a machine.  My own VooDoo Bantu is about to be retired (actually passed onto my daughter’s other half, Craig, who is also riding the challenge) in favour of something much lighter – when you’re 51 with tumours on your lungs you need as much help as possible!

Having looked around I fancy the Vitus Rapide I. For the money the spec looks top notch and the weight incredibly low (if you believe the manufacturer’s blurb).  I am having trouble finding anyone that owns one or even a review, which is a tad worrying, so if you’ve got anything to say about them (good or bad), or have a better suggestion I’m all ears!

You can follow Team SSIJ as they prepare for June’s four-day assault on 205 miles of the Pennine Bridleway at or find them on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube (search for #somethingsillyinjune).


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