2018 Gallery

Ceiriog Valley Social Ride – 14 Jan ’18

It was a cold day in North Wales for the first ride of the year but the turn out was fantastic. I guided the ride around my Pheasant Track route in the Ceiriog Valley, with a minor alteration to miss the muddiest bit. Although the big group made my job a bit harder the pleasant, fun atmosphere made it very enjoyable too. Thank you so much to everyone who came along!

Route Guide: The Pheasant Track


Macc Forest Social Ride – 11 Feb ’18

A chilly but fun ride around the Macc Forest classic route to the Cat and Fiddle and back. There was lots of snow, quite a bit of wind on top and a good few slushy puddles to get our feet cold. I was even shifting gears with my palm near the end. But it was all good fun (especially watching the people who couldn't drive in snow try and tackle the Congleton and Cat and Fiddle roads!) and we got to enjoy defrosting by the fire in the Leathers Smithy at the end.

Route Guide: Macc Forest Classic


Grizedale Forest Social Ride – 18 Mar ’18

Although spring had arrived it decided to disappear again for a weekend of more snow and icy temperatures. But an intrepid bunch still joined me to sample the delights of riding around Grizedale, which included so many rocky descents. While we had a great time it did turn out to be "One of those rides!". Four of us crashed (no bad injuries though), Mark had two punctures (fortunately one next to a tea room),there were a number of post crash mechanicals to sort and then near the end Mark got serious cramp. But the trails were great, the weather held and the views were stunning so spirits remained high and well all finished with big smiles on our faces

Route Guide: Grizedale - Parkamoor

Grizedale Forest Social Ride – 18 Mar ’18

We welcomed the brief day of calm, between all the rain, that we had be blessed with for the ride around Calderdale. My jacket came off on the first climb and I did the rest in just a base layer and long sleeved jersey, which is a first this year. The trails around the valley were great fun as usual although a bit muddy in places. The mud was still fun, just in a different way. More rides like this will be much appreciated this year.

Route Guide: The Calderdale Circuit