I decided to start recording some of our rides in a blog, including a link to a Tracklogs file for the route in most cases. If you would like to add a route then feel free to send me the details.
Hayley's Kona Manomano.
Steve's "456" from On One.
Steve's Specialized Enduro Expert. This bike was involved in a collision with low barrier when on the roof of our car and unfortunately had to be written off. (In our defence we had our 10 day old son in the car at the time so all else was forgotten!)
Steve's Specialized Stumpjumper (S-Works). This bike was the rebuild of all the bits from the Enduro on a new Stmpjumper FSR S-Works frame.
Places we ride
We generally ride in the Peak District, often in the hills around Hayfield and Edale. When feeling more adventurous we might venture to the Lake District or Snowdonia.
The Mountain Biking Wales website has details of the mountain bike centres across Wales. Try the I Know Wales site for accomodation. We've ridden trails at Coed-y-Brenin and the excellent Marin Trail near Betws-y-Coed.
There are some photos of locations taken along the way here.
Routes - Books
There are a number of good books with routes in the Peak District area.
Dark Peak Mountain Biking (also available on CD). Mountain Biking In the Peak District.
Routes - Digital
We sometimes use digital maps and mapping software from Tracklogs to plan routes. These can be downloaded to a Global Positioning System (GPS) to help make sure we are on course. (We use a Garmin Geko 201 GPS.) Likewise, we can record the route we've taken with the GPS and upload it to the software to see where we've been on the map. (Still with me?)
There are some routes on our riding blog but here are a few more. You need software from Tracklogs to view them. (Right click on the links below and click "Save Target As..." to download them.)
Marin Trail (Betws-y-Coed) Hayfield-Edale loop Eyam loop Derwent Water loop
The two big 24-hour races in the UK are Mountain Mayhem and Sleepless In The Saddle. Steve has done both and Hayley did Mountain Mayhem for the first time in 2004, raising money for Multiple Sclerosis research along the way.
Websites & Publications
"Singletrack" magazine is aimed at UK cross-country and trail riders. Its website is good for its forum and its classified page (where I parade under the username "windowshopper"). Visit it at www.singletrackworld.com.
"MBR" (Mountain Bike Rider) magazine is aimed at cross-country, trail and freeride riders. It has a website here.
Mountain Biking UK" is great if you still have teenage acne and think jumping off the top of a bus shelter is the pinnacle of cycling. Its website is at www.mbuk.com.
The UK based Bikemagic website - sister site to OutdoorsMagic - is good for news and its consumer review section. Visit it at www.bikemagic.com.
The MTB Review website is rather more US oriented but is still worth a visit for consumer reviews.
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