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.
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
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
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
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
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!
I'm in love. It's true, I really am! I am in love with my beautiful, beautiful bike! I've said it before, buying a bike and making it really work for you is a very personal thing. Finding the right frame, the right gear and adding just the right amount of character takes time and effort. … Continue reading Riding like a dream
I’m sitting here in the garden, with my laptop resting on my heavy legs, feeling really good about how my day shaped up. All week the Mr and I have been keeping an eye on the weather forecast, trying to decide where in the country to travel for a bike ride this weekend. We ummed … Continue reading Doorstep epic
And so it was that we returned to the van in Chatel, in need of a new adventure. As luck would have it, a new adventure presented itself to us, in the form of a message from my friend Kat. She texted me to say that she was currently on holiday with a company called … Continue reading J’adore VTT (part 3)
Two blogs in one week? Has the world gone mad?? I couldn't just leave you all wondering what happened next on our big French adventure, so here I am - back with part deux. After a wonderful week in Annecy, playing on the lake and whizzing down the mountains, it was time to move on. … Continue reading J’adore VTT (part 2)