2017 Gallery

Glyn Ceiriog 'Social' Ride - 22nd Jan

Unexpected snow, given the surrounding weather and the forecast, made this a spectacular ride around the Ceiriog Valley. It's a stunning area with some great trails, which was made even more fun by the white stuff.

On this ride we followed my Gyrn Moelfre - Medium route

Hayfield 'Social' Ride - 12th Feb

This Social ride around Hayfield was definitely one of the most wintery I have ever done. Despite the lack of feeling in our fingers and toes we all still managed to have a very enjoyable ride. There are only pictures of the first half because after that I wasn't taking my hand out of my glove again!

On this ride we followed my Rowarth Route.

Rivington Pike 'Social' Ride - 12th Mar

It was great riding around my Rivington Pike route with Kath and Mike but a shame family and work got in the way of the six other riders who were due to come. This it meant I could have a good chat with Kath and Mike though, rather than my usual rushing back and forward with a bigger group. The route was made even better, as this was the first time I got to ride the Healey Nab MTB trails.

On this ride we followed my Rivington Pike route.

Hebden Bridge 'Social' Ride - 23rd Apr

I had a great ride around Hebden Bridge with Laurence and Paul. It was sunny, dry and not too hot. I even got to finally ride a part of the Pennine Bridleway that I had been planning to ride on this route for some time. With only two, quite quick, people on this ride I was tired by the end, as taking photos and leading the way meant doing 22 miles of interval training!

On this ride we followed my Hebden Bridge - Heptonstall Moor route.

Clwydian Range 'Social' Ride - 14th May

It was a beautiful day in North Wales with blue skies and dry trails. A little bit of rain the day before had damped down the dust so riding conditions were perfect. On days like this guiding doesn't feel like work. It was just a great day riding in the hills with a lovely bunch of people.

On this ride we followed my Cilcain Circuit route.

Long Mynd 'Social' Ride - 4th June

We had a great day on Long Mynd enjoying some of the best trails the hills have to offer. With many riders new to the hills the Minton Batch descent had to be done and it didn't disappoint. I also managed work some guides magic so the heavy rain that was falling all around only hit us when we were safely in the pub for our post ride pint.

Pont Scethin 'Guided Ride' - 01 Sep 17

This was my first proper 'mountain' bike ride since dislocating my shoulder. While the email conversation led to the idea of an XC ride once I met John, saw his bike and had a chat a quick change of plan saw us take on the Pont Scethin route. Thankfully my shoulder held up on the rocky trails and I had a great time riding with John. After all the previous rain we seemed to enjoy a bonus day of summer with warm air and great views. All the better for enjoying some of the best trails in Snowdonia.

Loughrigg Fell 'Guided Ride' - 24 Sep 17

For the first Social ride back after my shoulder injury I decided to go to the Lake District and ride my Loughrigg Fell route. We had a great autumn ride with beautiful colours and wet rocky trails, that kept us on our toes. It was great to be out in such stunning scenery again, which made the pint at the end taste even sweeter