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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 →

A big tough Peak District road ride, with hills of course.

It started with a Facebook message. So many rides do these days. This one started “Going to the peaks on Saturday the 19th March….” and concluded with “…thinking 80/100 miles with lots of hills”. How could I resist, I had… Continue Reading →

Quite a year on the road – My 2015

As with all years I like to start off with some aims; some challenges. Something to achieve and something to also look forward to. Back in January I considered myself a bit of a beginner on the road; I hadn’t… Continue Reading →

The Cat & Fiddle – UK Climb #70

There are things you do because you think you ought to, or like in this case, because it’s part of a greater plan/challenge. The Cat & Fiddle climb is definitely one of those. If it wasn’t an iconic UK climb… Continue Reading →

Taking on Holme Moss – In Single Speed!

‘You’re a stronger man than me; pushing out a gear like that up here’, came the comment from the guy on the red Specialized as he slowly eased past me.  He’d clearly noticed my chains position on my cassette as… Continue Reading →

A couple of hills near Bakewell; including climbs #34 & #35

One moment I’m stood wondering if I should go left or straight on and a few minutes later I’m pushing hard sweating my way up one of the most wonderful cycling climbs in the UK.  At this point I’m convinced… Continue Reading →

Up Hill & Down Dale – An Evening Dovedale Ride

When you decide to ride somewhere, far from home and with little local knowledge you just don’t know what you’re going to get. In someways it makes the ride more exciting and when you discover a gem there’s that moment… Continue Reading →

Pain & gain in equal amounts

The phrase “no pain, no gain” is one that’s no doubt very familiar to most serious cyclists out there. Usually referring to training, personal bests and physical improvement. But on certain rides like Tuesday’s the pain is 350m of altitude… Continue Reading →

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