Back on track

    The Diary of a mountain bike guide, route researcher and guidebook writer Last Friday was a great day. After a busy few weeks guiding clients around Snowdonia, and finally clearing some admin, paying some bills and sorting some dates for 2017, it was playtime again! Well, work really, but look at the picture above,…

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…

I’ve seen the future

And it’s in… California??? I’ve got to be honest and say that I don’t enjoy many mountain bike videos, or edits as they are called these days apparently 🙂 But yesterday I watched one that really made me think. No, it wasn’t the gap jumps, the triple somersaults, or even the skidding rear tyres in a…

No pain, no gain

Uplift days might be fun, but they just don’t run that regularly in the Howgill Fells Bowderdale is one of the best, if not the best bit of ‘natural’ singletrack in England. It’s probably better than anything in Wales for that matter. And it would compete north of the border too. But Bowderdale comes at…

Game Changer

New access legislation could turn Wales into a true mountain bike utopia “We should have open access like they do in Scotland” If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard that. And now, in Wales at least, we have a chance. The Welsh government recently announced a total review of access to the…