Bernard Kerr (#51) qualifiers

Fort Bill 2017 “Home of the Brave”

Fort William hosted the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup this weekend….and what a weekend. I’ve been watching the different stages of the Mountain Biking Downhill World Cup via the internet on Red Bull TV for a few years now and the atmosphere/energy of the crowds always made me want to be part of it…

Rad8 504 Photochromic Glasses

Product Review: Rad8 MTB Glasses

Late last year, Rad8 MTB glasses very kindly appointed me as one of their ambassadors to give their products some practical testing out on the trail. Despite battling with grey winter weather (making it tough to test sunglasses), weeks of difficulties with asthma after a chest infection and latterly a blistered burn to the palm of my…

Kentmere MTB

Mountain biking, squelchy feet and soap bubbles

After days of warm sunshine and incredible views, the weather had broken. We’d booked a cottage for a week in the peaceful hamlet of Kentmere and had luckily caught the end of the incredible weather to walk the Kentmere Horseshoe (link to post here), but then the heavy rain arrived. The first day it came was…

Women’s Bike Maintenance Course

On a recent women’s group mountain bike ride, we were all chatting about our knowledge (or rather lack of knowledge) about bike maintenance and whether one of us would know what to do if somebody suffered a major mechanical problem. We reckoned that between us, we could have fixed a puncture….but a snapped chain or…

Ambassador for Rad8

Rad8 Mountain Biking Glasses

I’m excited to announce that Rad8 recently invited me to join their ambassador programme to test and develop their range of mountain biking glasses. Rad8 is a small company, borne out of the desire by one person to find a pair of glasses which were light and comfortable, adaptive to the light conditions, gave good…

Madison Flux Softshell Jacket

Madison Flux Softshell Jacket – product review

It’s no secret to anybody reading this blog (or seeing pictures on social media of me riding my mountain bike) that I absolutely love Madison Clothing’s technical mountain bike range. Back in November 2015, I wrote a review for the Madison Flo DWR baggy shorts I absolutely adore these shorts and wear them regularly until…

Mountain Bike Night Riding

One thing I’ve always loved about mountain biking is getting out on an evening ride after a long day at work.  However, come autumn when the nights draw in, evening rides always become an elusive beast and I wait with baited breath for mid-late March when, once more, the nights are light enough to squeeze…

Outdoor First Aid Scenario

Outdoor First Aid Training

I’ve thought for years that I should learn basic first aid. However, that was pretty much as far as it ever got – thinking about it. With all the time I spent climbing (sometimes in remote places with just my climbing partner for company), or heading out into the hills for a walk (often on…

Bike packing - looking for camp

Wild adventures on a mountain bike

Thwarted again! After finding our first planned option for an overnight camp in some woodland was fully walled in, with barbed wire all around and no gateway entrance, we’d cycled on to check out our second option – a deep valley leading up onto the moors.  However, the wide track had led to a footpath…