My MTB Journey 18-26 December

18 December. Friday after work. 74.05 minutes 1.14.05. Pretty hot conditions and I had a wee whoopsie. I’m disappointed with a time that I would have been happy with on my last ride as this is one and a half minutes slower than last week. I had eight achievements, six of which were in the […]

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My MTB Journey 13 December

Sunday morning road ride 1.36.47.  Two and a half minutes better than my best time on this route. It’s fairly windy still and the first half of the ride seemed to be into a stiff breeze. However, I still managed an improvement. I rode this circuit this morning to see how the new wheels would […]

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My MTB Journey 11 December

A windy warm Friday afternoon. 72 and half minutes or 1.12.24 to be precise, which means I have well and truly smashed my target! Today’s effort was two and a half minutes better than my last ride on an evening that was fairly warm and quite windy. Not surprisingly I had six personal segment records […]

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My MTB Journey 5 December

5 December. Early Saturday morning. Just a whisker over 75 minutes. 1.15.02. I’m a little frustrated because I fumbled with unlocking my phone this morning which delayed me stopping the timer,  which cost me a few seconds. If I had got this right then I am pretty sure I would have easily bettered my target. […]

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My MTB Journey December 3

29 November. A sneaky, early Thursday morning ride. A fraction over 75 minutes.  1.15.08. The new bike helped me shave a further fourteen seconds off my best time. However, I am still yet to put that perfect performance together and smash through the 75 minute target. It’s not often I have felt able to have a […]

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My MTB Journey 29 November.

29 November. Early Sunday morning. A fraction over 76 minutes 1.16.17. This was moving time as I had  mechanical. The actual ride took a good six or seven minutes longer after a cabbage tree leaf wrapped itself around the rear sprocket and I had to stop and unwind it. This is a bit of a […]

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My MTB Journey 22 November

22 November. Early Sunday morning. A fraction over 75 minutes again! 1.15.33., with ten Strava segment achievements. Clearly the liquid carbo loading last night didn’t help, but its still my second best time. Comparing this morning with my effort on Friday I was a good minute faster in the second half of the circuit and […]

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My MTB Journey 20 November

20 November. Friday afternoon. A fraction over 75 minutes, 1.15.22, with 5 Strava segment achievements! Just 22 seconds to go and I can go bike shopping seriously. However, it might be a long wait before I can get my hands on a new steed, with all sorts of disruptions in local and international supply chains, […]

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My MTB Journey November 14

14 November. Saturday Morning. A fraction under the 77 minute mark 1.16.50. I’m pretty pleased with the effort given I haven’t been for a ride for almost two weeks. I seem to have had a bit of trouble with the longer hill climbs, looking at the segment results I can see opportunities for shaving some […]

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Being an elite athlete has its frustrations. It seems every time I get a roll on and get my performance close to my target, shit happens. If its not just periodic lack of enthusiasm and mechanical failures. Earlier in the year it was lockdown one and the local bike park was theoretically closed. Then once […]