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

August 24, 2009

entering a period of event-overload happily

Filed under: Uncategorized — dgpowell @ 11:10 am

Yes, it’s true, since SITS I’ve hardly been out on the bike doing any sort of training. I’ve hit the trails for a few short rides on the CX bike to get a bit used to riding it off road again (it’s main use over the summer has been as a commuting machine) but haven’t done much else. I am still officially rubbish at riding it – and infinitely worse at shouldering it up the climbs, as Sunday’s ride over Rivi/Darwen tower proved (scrambling straight up the terraced gardens to get used to silly steep slopes must have looked hilarious to the watching sheep and the gasping noises I was making while trying to trot up the steps to the pike itself sounded pretty terminal, judging from the expressions on other walkers faces). Still I’m enjoying it and that has to count for something, right?

view from the bars

That pic was from Friday night’s ride over Longridge Fell.

Anyway, as my fitness drains away by the second so a nice period with many, many events rolls up – hopefully I’ll be able to get a bit fitter again while racing:

  • In just a few days the Open Adventure Coast to Coast event kicks off – 4 days of kayaking, riding, running, swimming and (hopefully not too much) getting lost. Can’t wait. Nervous, but can’t wait!
  • The week after sees the return of the Brownbacks XC races at Lee Quarry, a nice short but intense blast around the trails there should be fun
  • The week after that bring with it the Mary Towneley Loop challenge – fair enough it’s not too much of a challenge for me on it’s own (not being cocky or owt), but I’m intending to ride out to it from home via the 3 Towers ride (darwen, rivington pike, peel tower), do the challenge then ride home again, which should boost the mileage by lots.
  • The weekend after that is all about the next Daft Ride Jase and I are planning. Not giving anything away about it yet – but you can assume it will be both Daft and Awesome 😉
  • Then, the week after that, its the 3 Peaks cyclocross. Eeek! Hopefully I’ll be able to beat last year’s time (erm, I think it was 4hrs23min…I should probably check!) and not mince down the descents quite so much. I’ll still be crap at carrying the bike up the silly steep slopes and won’t be running unless some sort of man-eating tiger or something is chasing me
  • Then I get a week off…ish, it will be one last week of training followed the next Saturday by Relentless24 up in Scotland – my last 24hr race of the year and one last chance to actually finish another 24hr race (the last one I finished solo was the Strathpuffer!). Should be good – racing on a proper course 🙂
  • Followed, the week after by the last in the series of the Brownbacks XC races at Lee Quarry. More lungs-out thrashing, yay!

Then I’ll have a sit down


  1. A better climb to the pike and maybe more appropriate would be to ride the normal way, from the toilets, ride past the final path to the top, then get off and run up the fairly worn path up the grass (it roughly along the line from pike to the mast) good and steep.

    Running up leadmines would be good too and funny to watch.

    although you could probably just ride to Avenham and run up the grass there.

    Comment by matt — August 24, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

  2. up through the terraced gardens from the very bottom to the top of the illegal dh course is a bit longer though.

    up the camelback (or whatever it’s called nowadays) is good too…and means i can ride down the belmont descent 🙂

    Comment by dgpowell — August 24, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

  3. you’ve definately got the best mascot in that adventure race.

    Comment by Jase — August 26, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

  4. I think it will be a very wet mascot by the end of the weekend!

    Comment by Rich — August 26, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

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