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“I didn’t know about these hills” – #39 The Burway in Shropshire

The Peak District, The Lakes, Wales, Scotland, The Yorkshire Dales; I could go on.  There are plenty of decent areas of hills in the UK, Meccas for the hikers and bikers alike. These are the most popular places, the National… Continue Reading →

Cobbles and Climbs – Swiss Hill

“STOP, just stop”. “This hurts and you won’t make it to the top anyway”. “I don’t have the right setup for this, this just isn’t going to end well”. These are all common thoughts that pass through your mind when… Continue Reading →

Crashing through the potholes of Oxfordshire – The Chiltern Hills #23 & #24

Having chalked off a good few of the 100 UK climbs in Simon Warren’s book, it’s now getting harder and harder to find opportunities to climbs the remain ones.  Previously I did so opportunistically, taking my bike with me while working… Continue Reading →

Cold and Icy – No Excuses

For anyone not in the know, that title might be seen as me advocating manning up and braving the weather etc. But no, that’s all been said before, many times by many riders and until I get the chance to… Continue Reading →

Single chainring on a road bike? Ah, go on then! – SRAM Force 1x Chainring

It has been several years since I reconfigured my mountain bike to run a single chainring and I haven’t looked back since. Even running an old 9 speed rear setup alongside the single front, hasn’t caused me any issues. So… Continue Reading →

New Tyre – Hutchinson Sector Tubeless 700x28c

Even the most frugal rider who resists the urge to upgrade, will still eventually have to spend some money on his or her bike. Things do wear out after all and one of those things that wear of course is… Continue Reading →

Riding the highest surfaced road in Britain

For a hill loving, road cyclist these are the ultimate aims. To ride the highest road, to climb the longest climb, to achieve your maximum elevation gain, to test yourself on the steepest of gradients. It’s the love of pushing… Continue Reading →

A day on the road bike in the Yorkshire Dales

One of the advantages of trying to climb as many of the 100 UK Climbs as possible is that you end up riding in many different parts of the UK. The Yorkshire Dales is somewhere that I might choose to… Continue Reading →

A few Scottish miles, Part 3 – Glasgow & Edinburgh

It was a whole week that I spent working in Scotland and so to maintain my fitness for the Tour of Cambridgeshire I had decided to get in as much cycling as possible.  Ahead of time I had expected it… Continue Reading →

A few Scottish miles, Part 2 – St Andrews

It’s been a long time since my Part 1 post, but I’m of the opinion that it doesn’t make this any less relevant or readable, so part 2 is here and it describes my early morning ride from St Andrews… Continue Reading →

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