Growing old disgracefully

  • Crikey

    It’s been ages, hasn’t it?!
    So, what have I been up to, I hear you cry. Riding bikes of course!

    Amongst the multitude of trips out I’ve nipped round the MTL with Tim, somehow we managed to avoid the rain for the vast majority of the lap…and Tim was introduced to the utter joy that is hitting Rooley Moor road when running on empty at the end of the route: No ride of the MTL is complete without grinding your way up the cobbles, past the burnt out cars (usually into a headwind) while your legs protest, your stomach complains and your head tries to convince you that you’ve had enough. It’s sort of a rite of passage.

    Last Saturday saw the inaugural Ronde van Oost Lanacashire – a 50 mile, cobble strewn homage to the real Ronde orgainsed by the somewhat obsessed crossjunkie. Around 30 keen and eager riders set out the try their legs and forearms against the hills and stones of the route…far fewer managed to complete the lap (and only a couple made it up the Koppenburg of Hebden Bridge)

    Steep cobbled climb

    I have to say I loved it. It was run as a social, rather than a balls-out run, and introduced me to some delightful little calf-twinging climbs…and a few longer ones…and a couple of downright nasty ones, in amongst some cracking scenery and a few surprised looking housing estates.

    Of course, that on it’s own wasn’t enough, so sticking a nice 36 mile ride on the front of it, then heading off for another 70 mile ride after turned it into the biggest ride I’ve done since the Strathpuffer. I wanted to and would have done more, but didn’t have any lights with me and ran out of daytime. Shame, the weather was on it’s best behaviour, all the hills that had been frozen, foreboding places for the past few months were bursting into life, the sun was warming my back and the roads were almost totally dry. Hopefully there’s more of that to come!

    Took the Ragley TD-1 over to Gisburn earlier today and. just. flew. Zen like reactions were needed to keep the flow going through the tricksy singletrack in the trees, but when I got ‘in the groove’ it was just awesome. I don’t think I’ve had that much fun riding for ages, drifting on the berms, railing over everything, smooth, fast and loving it…even if the top half of the route is utterly knackered. Hopefully there’s more of that to come, too!

    Loving bikes right now. Lots more big rides coming up in the next few weeks…so that’s lucky 🙂


    8:54 pm on April 6, 2010 | 3 Comments | # |


  • james 7:45 am on April 8, 2010 | #

    great stuff,been following your adventures/blog for a cple of years now..keep writing

  • dgpowell 2:56 pm on April 12, 2010 | #

    Well, if you insist 😀

  • Mr Shaw 8:51 am on April 29, 2010 | #

    dude, that is a stupid amount of mileage… how on earth did you get past angela being out for the whole day?