Week 20

Four very different rides this week Ride 1 - Go like Billy (R) ow Pleasant weather and I found myself on the bike without really thinking about it. I headed to Harperley junction and fancied giving Billy Row Bank another shot. Now I knew what was coming, i wouldn’t get…

Week 17

Ride 1 - Riding in a winter wonderland Snow. Snow? It’s nearly May. Yes, but does it know that? The weather didn’t look much better for the weekend, so I needed to get a few miles under my wheels. I reasoned I’d been out riding in January and it couldn’t…

Week thirteen

Before you say it, I'm not superstitious. Even after this week! Ride 1 - Not such a blissful afternoon Using the long weekend to head down to my sister's and perhaps get a few miles in with her ahead of our Etape Caledonia challenge in May. When I got there,…

Week twelve

Longer days and longer rides. This week included my longest ride of the year so far and my biggest weekly total too. Ride one - Where ever the wind blows. Then back into it. A free day forecast to be cloudy and dry. Driving between meetings last week, the satnav…

Week nine

The days are definitely getting longer, but still too cold to ride early mornings and not yet enough light to ride freely in the evenings. So I'm stuck to carving out time in the week to ride during the day. Ride 1 – Chatterbox run Strava told me my year's ride…

Week five

I spent the weekend and the first few days of this week suffering with stomach cramps. By Wednesday I was desperate to get out on the bike. Ride 1- The Bat My go-to route when I have an hour is a 15-mile loop that crosses the Wear Valley. The route…

Week two

I reached the middle of the week having spent three days suffering from the snotty head cold that brought my ride on Sunday to a halt. Despite forecasts of poor weather, Wednesday was a beautiful morning with bright sunshine highlighting the darkness of the storm clouds sitting out to sea.…

Cycling with Sis

Getting back on your bike after a crash isn't the easiest thing to do. I didn't ride for three months after a crash on my mountain bike in 2012, then when I did get out there were riders with tassels and stabilizers who had more confidence than me. It took…