Great North Trail to Leeds (aka Heat, Misery and Reservoirs)

31st July 2020 In a lot of ways 2020 was rubbish but one thing we couldn't really complain about was the lockdown weather. Yeah ok we couldn't go too far afield but it's so rarely glorious in Buxton for more than two days, and never at a weekend, that it was something to be excited... Continue Reading →

Bowland and the Dales gravel weekend, August 2020

29th - 30th August It was the August bank holiday and we don't like to waste a long weekend... However, this one had a catch because with Not All Points North lined up for the weekend after we didn't want to push it too hard and end up knackered and unable to recover in time... Continue Reading →

Scottish Borders July 2020

16th - 19th July Our first multi-day gravel bike adventure. We spent a lot of the lockdown period staying local and exploring whatever trails we could find. Not all of them were exactly 'great' for gravel bikes, though a few weren't too bad and by the end of the lockdown period we could string a... Continue Reading →

TPR No 1 – Bikes and kit

Bikes We umm'd and ahh'd and umm'd and ahh'd before TCR No7 trying to decide which bikes to take on TPR No1. Once TCR was over it was practically a no-brainer. Our Kinesis ATs performed so well on TCR that both of us were keen to use them again on TPR. All that remained was... Continue Reading →

TPR No 1 – Days 5 to 7

Read about TPR No 1 – Days 1 to 4 here Day 5 Prades to St Girons 203 km, 4398 m elev. gain We’d been a bit nervous about this day when planning our race because St Girons was one of the places where Jim hadn't been able to find a hotel 24 hour reception.... Continue Reading →

TPR No 1 – Days 1 to 4

Day 1 Biarritz to Sabiñánigo 261 km, 4635 m elev. gain We were told to be at Capra Velo ready to go for 4.45 am to be released in waves starting from 5 am. We already knew that the owners Scott and Nicole were total legends from hanging around at the shop after registration the... Continue Reading →

TCR No 7 kit – What worked and what didn’t

Goretex Shakedry jackets - I've probably written about these somewhere else but they really are the best waterproof jackets. You may have heard people say that no waterproof jacket is perfectly waterproof, or you may have said it yourself. From years of mountaineering, getting through many apparently top end water proof jackets, I've said it... Continue Reading →

TCR No 7 – Bikes and kit

The bikes Preparing for a race like TCR involves lots of time spent considering kit options, what to take, which bike to ride, which tyres to use, what bag set up to go for... The choices are endless. Kit and bike set up are very personal choices and no two kit lists are likely to... Continue Reading →

TransScotland 2019

So, TransScotland was the weekend following All Points North 2019 and we were meant to have a week of touring between the two. The idea being to put in a final block of back to back day riding pre-TCR No 7. If you've read the APN 2019 blog then you'll see that APN didn't exactly... Continue Reading →

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