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…

Fitbit Fifty Race Report

It has taken me over three weeks to really process the amazing weekend that was the Fitbit Fifty! People have been asking how it went and I have proudly informed them how far I personally ran and cycled when asked (around 54Km and 450km!), but each time I have found myself saying how actually that wasn't the part of the challenge that will be forever etched in memory, instead I will always rememb…

RUN - RIDE - SLEEP - REPEAT

This is the strapline for the Fitbit Fifty, but I can't really see there being much sleep! "On Friday 30th September two teams of 6 will attempt to run and cycle from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle AND back, within 50 hours - a feat never previously attempted".Obviously when I saw this advertised, in the haze of post-race blues from the Transalp 7 day MTB Stage Race, I had to apply! I *may…

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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