Inspired by WMB test engine, Guy Kesteven, Steve Worland considers the types of mountain bike riders out there and their cow-like counterparts…
Have a think about your favourite ride, now have think about your favourite corner on your favourite ride. Chances are on the inside of that corner is a tree. Trees make up more than fifty per cent of the reasons for corners. See, trees are popular in the countryside cropping up, or should I say copsing up all over the place? you can’t just plot a straight line and gas it – not in the woods. These leafy bark covered beauties define the terrain we ride. That is, until they’re not there anymore.
I’m writing this half way through November, which means my winter commuting is already well under way. Last week was 5 days of torrential rain and flooded towpaths to pedal through and this week it’s been severe frosts and ice. Which means streaming eyes and a river of snot to contend with. Where does all that liquid come from?
This pedal over the mountains behind Machynlleth and Aberdyfi was the personal target that I’d set myself since I started this fat to thin by bike thing back in June last year.
Up early, did all of the leave the house all alone admin and cracked on. A bright sunny day no less!
They say a week in politics is a long time, and it might well be, but I can guarantee it’s not as long as a week at the world’s biggest cycling show held annually in Southern Germany…
I confess to being a bit of a hardtail purist, not for any overly zealous reason I should add – I like thrashing the tyres off a good full suspension bike as much as any.
I’ve lost 4 stone 12lb, annoyingly just 2lb short of 5 stone, and I’ve pedalled a grand total of 3284 miles.
The last time I pedalled 50 miles in one go was when I was about 21 or 22 years old. In fact, just before I took up mountain biking seriously, which tends to be less big on mileage, although harder work!
Today is about food. We all love food, obviously some more than others!