Transalp 2017

Transalp is billed at 'the hardest MTB stage race in the world', this year was the 20th anniversary with the promise of being bigger and better with a total of 545km, mostly off road, with nearly 18,000m of ascent – eeek!Stage 1 Mayrhofen to Brixen 105km/3120mI started the day sick with nerves and ended it in the medical tent! The day started with the 33km climb of Pfitscherjoch! We had ridden …

How Do I Start Mountain Biking?

A few people have asked me recently how to get started mountain biking so I pulled together a few thoughts.......Where can I ride?In England and Wales, you can ride on bridleways, byways open to all traffic, restricted byways, unsurfaced roads, Forestry Commission stone tracks, some unsurfaced Forestry Commission tracks, Forestry Commission mountain bike trails, cyclepaths and cycletracks as well…

Trans Cambrian Way

In 2011 Alan Goldsmith (organiser of the Highland 550 race) convinced me to join him and friends to tackle the TransCambrian route, there and back in 2 days. The date chosen was in the middle of June on the longest day of the year in the hope of completing the gruelling 100 miles (each way) of self navigated off road over the mountains of mid Wales in daylight. This time the goal was to make it l…

I Need Help......!

(I started this piece mid November, but didn't get round to posting it due to breaking my arm out in Spain - but that is another story!) There I have said it out loud! A bit like alcoholics anonymous the first step to solving a problem is to admit you have one! I have lots!Next year I am taking on Transalp (a 7 day mountain bike stage race across the Alps, as a mixed pair with my husband, with a…

Southern XC MTB Series 2016

At the beginning of 2015 I was not feeling the MTB love; not doing enough off road riding meant every time I did head out on the mountain bike it was seriously hard work. When Kelli Salone of Dame Cycling asked if I could take the place of injured rider Marcia Ellis for round 1 of the 2015 series I said yes just to 'force' myself to ride the MTB in anger again! I came 3rd and went on to make the p…

Transalp 2016

Not stopping to admire the views felt almost rude, a crime against the beauty of nature, but as my husband Steve frequently states (even riding to the shop!) 'it is always a race' and this time it certainly was!Having broken my foot carelessly running down the stairs and missing two months of training I fully expected to be travelling slow enough to admire the views at Transalp and take in the spe…
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