Recently I’ve reverted to being a big kid. I’ve hardly been out on a “proper” ride and it’s been weeks since I took my road bike out with the local club. Am I bothered? Not really. I’ve been having an ace time just messing around in the woods, practising jumps, sorting my cornering technique, laughing at mates attempting the same…
I’ve had no any objective to get anywhere in terms of riding time/speed/mileage but I have set myself goals. This is actually more than I do on a “proper” ride, so has been enormously satisfying.
For example a couple of weeks ago I went to Farmer John’s downhill park at Marple Bridge. I was a little intimidated at first since I’m far from a downhiller. My mate pointed me to a tabletop bridge and suggested we try and jump over it. I thought he was having a laugh since it was nearly 20 feet long! The goal was set and we got on with it.
I landed short as expected, but each jump got me a little closer to the other side and this gave me the confidence boost to genuinely think I could do it. After 6 or 7 attempts I blooming well nailed the thing and was chuffed to bits. Even better, I went back the following week and did it over and over again.
Goals. It’s great when you reach them. “Messing around on bikes” can progress your riding just as much if not more than a “proper” ride.
Chris Akrigg is superb. So much talent on the bike and always makes an entertaining video. Truly inspiring.
After a fairly lazy winter with not much road riding and certainly not much distance riding, I rather foolishly “prepared” for the Leek CC Reliability ride with a night in the pub and not enough sleep. Went to bed at 9:30pm last night after nearly falling asleep in the bath and still so so tired today.
Hilly, windy and hard work for an unfit Dan.
Now that a bit of sunshine is appearing and the days are getting noticeably spring-like, I thought it’s be good to dig out some footage of what summer days are all about. Here’s my beautiful boys enjoying some riding on the Tissington Trail. James is on a specially made trike to help him with his balance.
The music is my own composition using the Figure App on the iPhone.
This was an amazing sight. 100,000 or more starlings at Cavendish Mill near Stoney Middleton in the Peak District. Despite promising myself I would watch rather than film, I did relent and get some footage. Truly stunning.
They’re probably still there if you want to have a look…
We got a new trike for James a few weeks ago. He’s loving it and I’m sure it helps him feel more independent being able to zoom around with his brother Toby. It could do with smaller gears for the ups and bigger gears for the downs; I don’t think single-speeding is for James. Here’s a taster of some of his adventures so far.