Monday, 15 October 2012

"YOU.SHALL.NOT.PASS." ~ Gandalf the Grey


Just back from a weekend in the lake district...still buzzing so thought id update things now! So much shaving foam, so many lord of the rings quotes, so many people, so many bikes, so many mountains = best weekend this semester by far!

Helvellyn
DUMRC club took a minibus down on the Friday evening, quite a long drive but the tunes were blasting the whole way. Eventually we arrived in Bassenthwaite at the village hall we were all staying in with sleeping bags, made some dinner and got the uni banter going! Things got a bit crazy and one lad – Aidan, managed to fall into a bush and get the biggest thorn ever jammed right through his finger (it was sticking out the other side!!!) But all was well as we had a medical student with us who kept things under control and in the morning Aidan went off to hospital to get fixed up. Unfortunately he was unable to ride HOWEVER this led to me using his bike (Giant Trance) instead of my hard tail which I was super happy about but would have preferred it if we had all been able to ride together.


THE THORN



On the Saturday we hit up a local trail centre with fast swoopy tracks, some technical rocks and tree sections too. Some ascents were pretty brutal but all so worth it. Saturday night was excellent, got a full nine hours sleep and a good meal, woke up feeling great on the Sunday. We headed out to Helvellyn and did a massive “Hike and Bike”. Five hours of riding and carrying our bikes up this MASSIVE mountain where we got incredible views and great banter, we were joined by some people from the Orange Mountain Bike company who added to the hilarious quotes of the weekend so thanks guys :). The decent got pretty crazy in places and there were a few nasty crashes and I ended up having to ride down with no seat post as we couldn’t put it down low enough which was a bit...dodgy... but everyone survived...somehow and it was amazing fun.

Myself  and the boys descending Helvellyn 


Hike and Bike


Drove back up to Dundee last night, weekend went by far too fast. Can't wait to have some free time, maybe next summer and get down there for some more nuts riding. Thanks everyone involved for such a good weekend!








After trying Aidan's full suspension bike I’m dying to get a new one myself. The hard tail is fantastic for cross country and its done well but it is getting on a bit now and things are breaking that shouldn't break. Having an “enduro” style bike that I can climb on as well as hit up some crazy downhill would be fantastic from a training point of view. I'll have to starve myself for the next few months and scrape up some pennies and invest in something.

About to begin the descent


Before the insane weekend trip I was riding the new track up at Dunkeld again on the big bike (a regular training venue for us as it's only a half hour drive) . The 2013 season cannot come quick enough for me! The 224 is feeling fast and I just can't wait to be on the start line again.

Next few weeks are still looking busy! No chilling out time yet but “study” week is approaching where I get a week off classes to ride my bike and relax...and revise I suppose! Lots of spinning, running and gym work this week while I work out what I'm going to do about an endurance bike then travelling down to Edinburgh this weekend to tear up Innerleithen with Rory (a good friend from racing). Check out the gallery for Lake District pictures and also see the new section “Video gallery” where I'll start putting up some good riding footage.  
Downhill training at Dunkeld

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