Thursday, 25 June 2009

Off road routes

Just thought I'd explain the lack of a long route GPX . There isn't one. Due to the terrain we are only doing a short (16miles(ish)) and Medium (26miles) As per the road route, don't let this fool you. The Medium route is a classic loop and a slightly different route was once classified by MBR as "hard" For those in the know, we go down Jacobs ladder on the Medium! Will try and get Tony and Keith to take some photos tomorrow.

Sunny Peaks road ride

Today has been mostly Sunny. With a bit of wind. Generally against me, uphill!! This ride is one of the most scenic rides we do, taking in some classic climbs and descents in beautiful countryside. You're going to have to work though. The routes have been reduced due to the large amount of hills, with the short coming in at 29miles, the medium is 49 and the long 69. Don't be dissapointed though, the long has a total climb of a tad over 9000ft or over twice Ben Nevis. Adding miles on just added climbing with a 90mile route clocking in at a minimum 12,000ft!! So I cut back on the miles a bit to make it an enjoyable day out for everyone.

The weather forecast is for a dry weekend, so come out and work on those tans.


PS GPX routes should appear tonight.


We've arivved in the Peaks and are sleeping under canvass whilst we're up here.

Will give you a heads up on the routes Thursday.


Friday, 12 June 2009

Bikes for sale

We've got some ex-staff bikes for sale at the event this weekend.

My Pinnacle Lagerra 2 road bike is one of them. Ali. frame with carbon seat stays, carbon forks, full Ultegra groupset, Fulcrum wheels. This bike is on the original brake pads so the mileage is low, about 5-600miles. It's got a few surface scratches, but nothing major. Original RRP was £1100, Now £500 SOLD

We also have 2 Lagerra 1 road bikes on offer. These are a bit more used! RRP was £900, now £375. MEDIUM SOLD Large still available

Finally 2 Pinnacle Evolution 2 MTBs, Most used of the lot! RRP £1000, now £400

All bikes will be serviced before being sent out to you and have a 3 month warranty.

Either come and see me this weekend or contact me on


Road Ride Preperations

We've been out riding the road route today getting it ready for Sunday.

If you know the area the route heads through Berrick Salome, Britwell Salome, Nettlebed and Northend for the short route riders. The Medium route covers the same plus a visit to Hambleden, West Wycombe and Stokenchurch.

There's a few descents with gravel on the road, it's fine if you're riding single file in the car tracks but you'll want to avoid the middle of the lane.

The final descent back to Watlington doesn't have any gravel and is pretty much straight to the finish, it's easy to top 60kph without trying too hard.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Stokenchurch/Watlington Off Road Ride

We've been riding the off road course today ready for the weekend (with the change of venue remember we're now starting in Watlington rather than Stokenchurch).

The route has a bit of everything and what I think is some really enjoyable riding, it takes in parts of the Ridgeway (not so much fun) and Chiltern way (surprisingly good) as it heads down towards Nettlebed and then back up to Watlington.

If you can manage the long extension it's well worth doing, from the split you hardly need to pedal for the first mile as you ride down Devil's Hill which is nice flowing path with maybe a few roots, rocks and slippy bits to keep you on your toes :-)

Trails are fairly dry and with more dry weather forecast tomorrow it should be even better by Saturday.

Oh and there's a field with loads of poppies if that's your kind of thing.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

One for the christmas list...

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Stokenchurch change of venue

Please be aware that the venue for Stokenchurch has changed due to circumstances not under our control.

Please follow directions from the web page.


Tent Sale

No, not a sale of tents! There is a huge tent at our Gatwick HQ overflowing with bargains galore. Sale starts this Saturday, but be aware that there were 3 hour queues to get in last year, so perhaps Sunday will be the best day.

Spotted last year:-

Rockshok SID blackbox (used) RRP about £450 - sold at £80
Trek STP soft tail frame (New) RRP £1250 - sold at £200
Klein Palamino frame (New) RRP £1200 - sold at £250

Bit of a bargain hunt!


KOTDs Winner

As you may know, on the KOTDs ride we had a timed section on the hill climb up Yorks Hill. This was set against the record for the climb which was about 1min 46secs and has stood for many years. We decided to offer some prizes as a bit of fun for riders, there was a fairly safe bike for beating the record or £500 of vouchers if you came within 1 minute.

As things turned out, the weather and an 86 mile warm up meant neither of these were reached. As a reward to all those that did carry on and do the long route, we put you ALL in a hat and pulled a name from random.

So congratulations to Mark Sutton, who has £500 of vouchers heading his way.