Assynt – UK Continental

Assynt, a simply majestic and haunting look at the incredible and bleak landscapes of Scotland, for the first outing of the Rapha UK Continental project. Do yourself a favour and down tools for 5 minutes, grab a coffee and get lost in this charming video…

Back To Earth

Apologies all for the lack of updates on this wee blog over the last few weeks. Life has indeed traversed its way through a fantastically busy period, crowned in no minor  fashion by a week of pure indulgent riding on the most incredible beautiful and brutal terrain in Italy. I took a over a week truly offline in every sense, enjoying the sensations of pushing myself and doing little other than riding my bike in the beautiful sunshine with some amazing company. Anyway! I am indeed sadly back from the bubble of breathtaking beauty and standing with a firm foothold back in blighty. Check back throughout this coming week to see some reviews trickling their way onto blog from Capo, Rapha and Condor to name but a few, and perhaps even a sneaky pic from the land of Italia. Vai Vai Vai! 

Venturing North

This past weekend I had the pleasure of linking with Paul of one of my favourite cycling blogs… “still searching“. As a York inhabitant, Paul promised a great route in and around the York/Harrogate area, and goodness did he deliver. The ride was a gentle 78km affair, peppered with silent country lanes looking beautiful dressed in burnt leaves, radiating in the chilly sunshine. I haven’t had a sunstancial ride in the UK since the start of august due to being on the road with work, so this route was extra special in that it felt somewhat of a homecoming for me. I tested myself a little on the climbs, each time having chris dish out some punishment on the primes. 

The cafe stops were incredible, Home Farm was an absolute treat, and not to forget arriving at the stunning bridge in Knaresborough ready for a caffeine hit.

Chris, Julia and Paul provided some great company, showing me what northern road cycling (and a little bit of cross thinking back to those bridleways) has to offer. It was the kind of ride that I had in mind when getting the Acciaio – those long leisurely days exploring in the saddle, with good banter amongst mates and long winding deserted (wind-free) roads!

  I would thoroughly recommend trying out the route on a nice clear day, the scenery was breathtaking. York is pretty accessible from Kings Cross via East Coast trains (remember to book a bike space on their website). Feel free to download the course data from the garmin information below, pop in some course points and head off into this lovely lush northern hinterland.

The Japanese ‘Crunky Popjoy’ sweets did not fare too well at the cafe stop
Sunshine & deserted lanes made for some great miles
 Paul & his awesome flouro booties
(L-R) Julia, Chris & Paul lead the way home as the sun sets

More Dunedin Riding

Iv been braving the chilly mornings and heading out everyday to what can only be described as an amazing head-clearing session, smattered with scenery that takes my breath away constantly. The traffic volume is low, with secluded climbs leading away from a coastline boasting crystal clear waters. Below are a few ride snapshots, il pen something up later this week.

 Signal Hill Road
Otaga Peninsula
 I live at the top of this. Not ideal for post-session spin
 Climbing up Mount Cargill