The year that was

The Diary of a mountain bike guide, route researcher and guidebook writer A year ago today started wonderfully. I was up early, my bike was in the van, and I was on my way to Capel Curig to guide and instruct at Plas y Brenin – a legendary institution and somewhere I’d always aspired to work. Life…

Wild Earth Day

The Diary of a mountain bike guide, route researcher and guidebook writer April 22nd is World Earth Day – a nominal slot in the calendar chosen to try and focus attention on the plight of our planet. To celebrate the occasion, both last year and this year I posted the following quote from Gerhard Manley Hopkins on…

Good to be back

The Diary of a mountain bike guide, route researcher and guidebook writer Epic scenery, epic riding. Llyn Cowlyd: Snowdonia at it’s best There’s usually a moment when a new year ‘starts.’ An imaginary switch is flicked somewhere and suddenly we’re back on the road, riding and shooting the route guides; and more recently guiding and…

2014 – THE YEAR THAT WAS (Part 2)

The Diary of a mountain bike route researcher and guidebook writer SUMMERTIME, BUT THE RIDING’S NOT EASY If spring was all about new bikes and getting used to them; then the start of summer was all about getting some really big miles in them. And there’s nowhere better to do that than Scotland, so we headed…

The best of both worlds

It’s not the bike or even the terrain that matters, it’s just being there. One of my favourite Tweets/Facebook Posts over the Xmas period was from www.sacredrides.com – a respected Canadian mtb tour operator – entitled ‘10 Reasons Why Mountain Biking is Better than Road Biking.’ The style was funny and pretty tongue in cheek –…