In April I was lucky enough to join Polly at Mountain Yoga Breaks in guiding a group of beginner mountain bikers around the Elan Valley. It was a brilliant weekend, with gorgeous weather, lovely people and a couple of beautiful bike rides. And, for me at least, it came with a whopping sense of achievement, for this was my first weekend working as a professional mountain bike guide.
Category: Tales from the bike
Mountain biking and mental health: my Trans Cambrian story
All photos in this post are courtesy of the very talented Phill Stasiw Finally, mental health is starting to get discussed more and more openly in the UK. And from the BBC’s much-celebrated Mind Over Marathon documentary, to Look Mum No Hands’ panel discussion on the matter, the benefits of exercise for mental health are … Continue reading Mountain biking and mental health: my Trans Cambrian story
Mountain Yoga Breaks: a most wonderful weekend in Wales
If you’re looking for a fun, restorative weekend that includes a great big helping of fresh air and exercise look no further than Mountain Yoga Breaks
Crosswinds, some accidental off-roading and a terrible SPD-related incident: my first ride with a Garmin 810
When a ride doesn't quite go to plan...
My experience of a bike fit at BW Cycling
With plans afoot for an exciting cycle tour later in the year, and against a backdrop of a continuing niggling injury, it seemed prudent to book myself in for a bike fit. So today I found myself pedaling over to BW Cycling in Bristol for what turned out to be an incredibly interesting hour and a half.
Saying no to the little orange square: Why I’ve stopped using Strava
As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been a wee bit injured of late. Sadly, this has led to less riding than I would have hoped for over the summer months. And when I did get back on the bike, I wasn't able to push myself as hard as I normally would.
Can this mountain biker really enjoy a road bike?
I have a love/hate relationship with road bikes. The bit I love is is the bikes and how beautiful they so often are. The bit I hate is the roads and how terrifying they can be. I dipped my toe into road biking a few years ago and never quite managed to enjoy it. I … Continue reading Can this mountain biker really enjoy a road bike?
Kit review: Madison Flux super light women’s softshell jacket
We’ve been having some rather miserable weather here in the UK recently. It’s been wet and windy for what seems like months. We’ve been sitting inside, looking out of the window and hoping for some slightly less extreme weather to get a great ride in. This weekend though, my husband and I decided that we’d … Continue reading Kit review: Madison Flux super light women’s softshell jacket
The end of shrinking and pinking: the British brands leading the field
It is a fact: women are in the minority in the sport of mountain biking. Whilst the sport is becoming more popular for us, it’s true that you’re likely to see more men than you are women unpacking their bikes in trail centre car parks. And for many years this disparity has been reflected in … Continue reading The end of shrinking and pinking: the British brands leading the field
Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be Wonder Woman!
I've been finding life a little tough recently. I'm not going to launch into the whos, whats, whys and wherefores, but I've not been feeling on top of the world for a little while and have been having some trouble with anxiety. So, when I'm able to write this blog telling you that today I … Continue reading Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be Wonder Woman!