One of my favourite events from 2013 was the Icebreaker, it was a massive surprise to win as I am certainly not a multi-sport athlete but I had to try it again this year and hoped to defend my title. Last year I didn’t do that much running as training, but seemed to do OK so this year I did a little more run training in the run up, hoping to improve my run times.
Do you hibernate, relish it or simply survive the winter months?
Personally, winter is most certainly a case of survival. I find December especially difficult, recapping all the amazing places and events I have ridden during the year only adds to the misery. Dark days, mostly wet and no doubt cold it can be very hard to stay motivated and keep riding. December for me is a month to try and rebuild motivation and start planning the following year and make sure I can hit the ground running in January.
So how can you get through the dark days? Here aremy top tips: Read more
I wasn’t expecting to travel abroad again this year. As far as I was concerned, my travels ended after returning from Australia but an unexpected but very welcome opportunity arose when I was invited to go to Israel for a MTB press trip on behalf of MBUK and WhatMTB magazines.
I didn’t know much about the country or trip and everything was organised within a week. I had a basic itinerary, but didn’t really know what to expect. I left for Israel with an open mind and no preconceptions about the country and perhaps a little naive. Of course I am fully aware that there is an ongoing political situation within Israel, but the country is safe and welcoming to foreigners and I was intrigued by what was on offer. Read more
This year I have been very fortunate to do a fair bit of travelling, all of it involving flying with a bike. I’ve certainly got the travelling bug and hope to be able to keep visiting new places while riding a bike.
There are several issues with travelling by bike, but through experience I have learnt a few tricks and tips that might be helpful to others preparing to travel with a bike.