Early starts

February 1st, 2009

This week has been the first week of base... the hours have gone up and so has the intensity.. Long session on the turbo kicked off the week... followed by heavy weights sessions with low reps... hilly rides... hil reps and long slow ride to finish. This would of been a hard enough week but long hours at work and a few early starts upped the intensity.. Grace was on a training course so wedn..

Stiffness and weight

January 19th, 2009

“What does it weigh?” is a common question about any bike. Bike weights are an obsession to some and important to us all. But I’ve never been asked about the stiffness of our frames, it’s something that’s much harder to quantify and to be honest there isn’t really an easy answer. Itâ€â„..

Genesis Bikes 2009

January 18th, 2009

It is official... i am super pleased to say that i will be supported by GENESIS Bikes for 2009 in whatever stupid endeavours i can get myself involved in...in fact thats exactly what they want from me. The deal is this... i get the bikes, the kit, the spares and emails of kind words telling me how much they love me and in return i have to put their bikes in the stupidest places that i can imagi..

There will be ice

January 4th, 2009

Training is coming along nicely with some consistency back into my approach to riding, i struck lucky with Christmas week being my first scheduled rest week so it was alot lighter which was welcomed not because i needed a break but i spent the holidays at my parents in Newcastle.. briefly returning to Manchester to pick Grace up.. so with all the traveling it was difficult to get access to a gym a..

Death of a trail

December 21st, 2008

Over the past few weeks since Helvellyn i've been getting back into the swing of a structured training plan.. working with Mark (Forgy) again for 2009... last year it worked really well with constant contact between the 2 of us we worked a really good programme and before my forced break i was in best biking shape of my life, unfortunately we didn't get to fully test the form but 2009 should be a ..

Snow and Ice

November 30th, 2008

With Grace away for the weekend and nobody around to play with i decided on a solo mission to the Lakes... Helvellyn was the mountain of choice as the route i had ridden before so no navigational issues and i knew the descent down sticks pass was worth the 'hike and bike, to the top.. plus the chance to ride in snow is always fun and since we rarely see snow at low level these days the summit o..