Rides and events

Pivot TwentyFour12 2017 – Event video


The Pivot TwentyFour 12 is my absolute favourite MTB event. This year’s event was wet and muddy, but still a great weekend. The official video gives just a flavour of what goes on:

A bit of fun at Haldon Forest


Life has felt like a bit of a slog just lately.  I’ve been working long hours to stay on top of things, have been trying to get all kinds of DIY jobs done on the house and trying to get out on the bike and keep some fitness for the just-passed Bontrager TwentyFour12 event. Don’t […]

Off Camber XC MTB Race – Round 2


It barely seems like a month ago that I rode in the first round of the Off Camber XC MTB race series, but true enough round 2 had arrived. The weather had changed a lot in the past few weeks, going from late Summer warmth to heavy Autumn rain; something I suspected was going to […]

Dorset Rough Riders DRRt 4


In addition to running weekly rides and gatherings, my local mountain bike club, The Dorset Rough Riders, hold a couple of larger events each year.   There is typically one in the Purbeck area of Dorset in the spring and another in North Dorset in the late summer / early autumn. Last weekend marked the […]

OffCamber XC race series – Round 1


My quest to get into doing more organised racing got a kick-start recently with the announcement of the dates for the OffCamber XC race series.   OffCamber is our local bike shop, and they run the series through the winter months at a venue just a few miles away from my home. The weather for […]

Bontrager TwentyFour12 – 2013


A not-so-short account of our first Bontrager Twentyfour12 event. It all started one day back in early February of this year.  We’d gone for a ride around Haldon Forest and were just packing the bikes back into the Land Rover when a guy wandered over and started chatting.  Apparently, appearances really can be deceptive, since […]

Out on the trails


Although it’s hard to believe given the weather we’ve been having here, there was actually a short period of time when the weather was nice enough to ride without wearing waterproofs ! I stopped off on a quick ride around the local hills to take a snapshot of a particularly pleasant bit of the ride.

Southern Rough Ride Video


I haven’t done a proper write-up, and to be honest I’m not likely to given how much free time I seem not to have ! The UK Cycling Events Southern Rough Ride was a great day.  Some tough hills out there on the downs, especially given my current level of fitness. As always, it was […]

First proper MTB ride of 2013


I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been a bit lax on the old mountain biking front just lately.    Being ill at the start of the new year slowed me down a lot and a lot of my spare time has been taken up with the new Land Rover…   all that said, there isn’t […]

Glentress mountain biking centre


A recent trip to the Scottish borders gave us the opportunity to visit one of the UK’s mountain biking Meccas.  The Glentress mountain bike centre nestles between Peebles and Innerleithen and has some of the best riding I’ve seen.