Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

August 23, 2007

like a fell runner, but slower and with longer shorts

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 9:22 am

So i’ve started clambering up some steep slopes in preperation for the 3 peaks cyclocross doolally in a months time.
It’s actually gone quite well so far, i don’t think i’ll be bounding up the fells like the top guys will be, but i’ve managed to keep a decent fast walking pace (you could probably describe it as a ‘trot’, or the kind of pace a fat man makes towards the cake stand when he’s trying to make out he’s not really interested in the cakes, but actually really is) up the steepest slopes i could find. Sadly the 3 peaks is famed for going straight up stuff so steep you have to pull yourself up using the fence to the side of the track so i imagine it’ll still be a very steep learning curve (pun intended) come race day, but it’s still a good idea to get as used to shouldering the bike as possible.

I’ve managed to catch people up each time i’ve gone up anything on foot (going over whins fell – you can see the climb in the background going up the fell – on sunday i saw a couple of walkers about halfway up and set myself the challenge of catching them before the descent on the other side, which i duly did) and last night i managed to beat a rider up the steep back of beacon fell. I saw him riding up a fire road as i came hammering (or, more accurately, rattling, as everything on the scandal is loose and worn out right now) down and decided to try and get back to the main path round the top of the fell before him by running up through the trees.
I dismounted in a full on cyclocross stylee at full pelt as i hit the road at the bottom of the climb (i seem to be getting quite good at it now, i even managed a one footed bunny hop over a waterbar!) threw the bike over my shoulder and set about stomping up the fellside. I reached the path to find it still empty, so I tried a cyclocross remount, nearly castrated myself, decided i should just get on normally and just managed to get back riding again as i saw him reach the top of the fireroad climb. Ace!

He seemed most confused…


  1. Nutter!

    Comment by Dave — August 23, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

  2. get some pipe cladding on the top tube and seat tube, your shoulder will thank you later.

    Comment by samuri — September 5, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

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