RAPHA FESTIVE 500 SUPER LOOPER 2018

With concerns of Christmas commitments and keen to crush miles, Stu and I came up with the Super Looper idea. We challenged ourselves to ride as far as possible on Christmas eve, racking up as many kilometres as possible freeing up the rest of the merry holiday to enjoy ourselves and hopefully see our names near the top of the Strava leaderboard...

TYPE 2 IS COMING – GAMESHOPE BOTHY MICROADVENTURE

It was already dark by the time we gathered in Bolerno post work. Heeding the weather report everyone had donned various limb warmers, jackets and gloves to close any gaps that the already chilling air could reach. We discussed the less than positive forecast for the evening and how our planned accommodation of Gameshope Bothy lacked a stove or a fire to warm us through the night. Moral was further weakened when I informed the group of the mandatory river crossing to reach the bothy. Once we had established that nobody was actually that enthusiastic about this bikepacking trip we set off...

GRINDURO โ€“ SURLY STEAMROLLER BIKE CHECK VERSION 2.0

Grinduro has come around again and you are probably thinking, "He is still riding that silly olden times/fashion trend fixed gear bike and hasn't learned any lessons since last year". Well you would only be half right. I am still riding fixed but this year I have made some vital upgrades to maximise shredding. Here is my Surly Steamroller Grinduro v 2.0...

[NBD] DOLAN SETA TRACKLOCOFFEE

Recently Scotland has been doing a great impression which people from less soggy places would recognise as summer. This has opened up the possibility for flappy jerseys, cultivating tan lines and diversifying rides. Rather than a head down character building pedal from shelter to shelter there are now opportunities to explore parched singletrack meandering off into woods, partake in outdoor cooking and other such activities...

THE DIRTY REIVER 2018

Keilder Forest is one of these areas, landrover tracks and forest roads wiggle all over this remote area giving keen pedalers hundreds of options for exploring. This makes it a perfect location to hold the Dirty Reiver, a 200km (and 130km) gravel grinding event...

DIRTY REIVER – SURLY STEAMROLLER BIKE CHECK

For the last few years I have been super stoked to do the Dirty Reiver and then when it actually comes round to committing money to tickets I have faltered and backed out. No suitable bike, no time off work or lazy legs, I have probably ticked all the classic excuses. This year is different, I was organised(ish), equipped and fairly keen. I say equipped, in the eyes of most riders my bike choice is probably deemed as a form of sadomasochistic torture...

CTC HUT AND CHILL

First pedal adventure of 2018. I had set the weekend aside for a bike adventure. I wasn't sure what the plan would be but it would certainly involve a camp out in some shelter, ideally with a stove...