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Working in Scotland; riding in the North Pennines – Hills #59 & 62

Traveling down from Edinburgh many people would take a well advised break during the trip. It is 6 hours of driving after all, so stopping at Leeming Bar services for a Big Mac and fries is popular. I however, prefer… Continue Reading →

The hardest road climb in England? #55 Rosedale Chimney

It’s not the longest climb, it’s not the climb boasting the greatest elevation gain either and it’s also not the climb at the highest altitude but. I’m tempted just to leave it at that; just a lingering ‘but’. If Rosedale… 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 →

Full 55 mile Commute to Work

As I came over the brow of a shallow rise I saw them; little red blinking lights, off to the right, stationary and no I wasn’t seeing things. Even after 70 km in the rain following a day’s work I… 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 →

Longest Ride Yet; 150 mile loop for Fish & Chips

Take away Fish & Chips is a big tradition here in the UK and everybody has their preferred Fish & Chip Shop, but even so cycling a 150 mile round trip would generally be considered a little over the top!… Continue Reading →

Awesome Ride Through Hail and Hills

The weather often plays a part in the memorability of a ride and my recent ride during a visit to Scotland certainly had plenty of both; weather and memorability!  This was a stop-off ride, just off the A74(M) from Abington… Continue Reading →

Another day, another hill – Cairn O’Mount

We all have our regular routes and places that we get to ride frequently, ocassionally and infrequently. I’m fortunate in that I have a job that requires me to travel and I also have a car big enough to carry… 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 →

First “Cafe Stop” ride of the year.

Beautiful sunshine, warm spring Saturday morning and like minded company to ride with; ideal ingredients for a “Cafe Stop” ride. In this case not only my first of the year but also my first, full stop. Being new to the… Continue Reading →

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