I’d ridden 1500 miles through pretty horrific conditions in only 12 days. Now, in northern Colorado, with 1275 miles still to go, it crossed my mind that I should probably change my chain. Before flying to Canada, my SRAM Eagle … Continue reading →
Fifteen years ago, I bought a second hand Specialized Stumpjumper from a guy who measured 6ft 5 inches in height. He kindly chucked in his size 9 clipless shoes and bright red Time Atac pedals to seal the deal and … Continue reading →
I’ve been neglecting this site. It perhaps not surprising. I’ve never been busier (and until a couple of weeks ago, ridden my bike less). While The Adventure Syndicate goes from strength to strength, I seem to be getting more and … Continue reading →
Deciding to enter a 24 hour mountain bike race will only ever happen a couple of days beforehand for me. If I took the time to plan and consider the logistics and discomfort of it all I would instinctively put that … Continue reading →
Today I’ve woken from a dream. I’ve just spent 4 days covering unfathomable distances over some of Scotland’s most remote mountain passes on the Highland Trail 550. I’ve been sleep and calorie deprived, bruised, battered, rained on, midged and largely alone for days and can honestly say I’ve loved every single minute of it. I just felt constantly surprised, delighted and privileged to be moving through the day, dawn and dusk in such wild beautiful places. It was hard yet effortless at the same time. I can’t explain it better than that right now but I feel different today as a result of my four days on the HT550. Yes things hurt. I can’t get my shoes on or drink tea because my feet and lips are so swollen but this isn’t even an inconvenience. It’s just what is going on for me right now and what I’ve realised is it’s up to me how I feel about everything. Isn’t that liberating? I enjoy writing about most of my big rides but I can’t wait to write about this one. Utterly, honestly, weirdly life changing.