Wednesday, 31 December 2008
A happy New Year to anyone who happens to read this!
Monday, 29 December 2008
Anyway we made it home, removed the wheel and lay it on its side, cassette side up, and dribbled lubricant down into the offending bit. If it's left like this for a couple of days it might drive the moisture out which causes the freezing, that's the theory at least!
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Watch your back Clive!!
Baz has cramp (or so he says!)
Back to 5.30am starts with Baz back from his holiday, so we set off from the bottom car park after the usual visit to the loos! I was outvoted today as to the route we'd do so we ended up doing the full Black which involves the notorious 2 mile climb known as Redemption back up to the hut in the picture where the weary legs can take a welcome break. Today's mishaps were a puncture for Clive on the climb back to the Buzzard car park and a touch of cramp for Baz which he was mercilessly baited about, (he is the youngest after all!).
Baz's brakes started playing up towards the end of the run but a quick bleed of the system when we got home appears to have sorted out that problem. How the hell air manages to find its way into a closed hydraulic system is beyond me, perhaps someone can explain...............
Saturday, 27 December 2008
The ducks on the Tweed
I like this church spire
The old Peebles bridge, must have seen many a flood.
Monday, 22 December 2008
The forlorn figure that can just be spotted in the early morning gloom is Clive battling his way through the wind up to the mast which is the top of the black run.
We have our own names for various sections of the ride, this particular section is known as "Brass Monkey Moor", mainly because it's quite exposed and in the winter any brass monkey venturing up there would have to be very, very careful!
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Rupert, I'm assured by his owner, is a pure Labrador even though his legs seem a bit on the short side. Personally I think it's because he runs so much that like a rabbits teeth, his legs just keep on wearing down! (Or maybe not).
Anyway it's always a pleasure to see him and he never gets in the way of the bikes.
A few mishaps today to report, mainly by Clive, who for some reason found himself unable to take corners at low speed, after haring down quite technical descents like a bat out of hell he would come off on some simple corners much to my amusement.
Baz is off to Lanzarote for a week (no not for winter training) though he really should as he's entered the Strathpuffer Challenge which takes place at Strathpeffer in the dark and distant north. Its a 24 hour race, he's a member of a four man team, and it's in the middle of January so there's roughly 17 hours of darkness. The man's a fool!!!! (I'm going as his mobile mechanic!).
More of that later.............
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
On the way to Roslin we cross the River Esk on an old railway bridge several hundred feet above the river, quite a spectacular view.
Also just outside Roslin is the laboratory where Dolly the Sheep was cloned, there are dark rumours that they are trying to clone some local mountain bikers for posterity's sake.........
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
This may give some indication of the conditions we faced on Sunday morning at Glentress. The time was about 7.30 am and it was damned cold!!!
Now known as "Jeeks Jump" I fondly thought I got about 4 feet off the ground!! In reality its more like 12 inches!! Well they do say its all in the mind anyway. (They do don't they or am I imagining that as well?)
I rather like the triumphal shout though!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
We came back down the red route which was equally tricky at the top end of the run but as we got lower the snow just disappeared.
Today's average speed must have been the slowest for some time but we'll put that down to conditions and not our fitness!
At the finish my bike computer read 21.5 miles and Baz's heart monitor gave a reading of over 3000 calories burned so that cream and jam pancake I had yesterday was well and truly burnt off!!
Some of the pictures below give an idea of the conditions today.....
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
However no mishaps tonight (for a change) and the lights are terrific which was the main reason for going out anyway! (That and there's sod all on the telly!!)
Sunday, 7 December 2008
We decided to concede defeat to Mother Nature, who seems determined to prove the global warming theorists completely wrong this year. No photos today yet as I've still to get to grips with the technology of my new camera phone, but there should be a good one of Baz entangled under his bike when I master it!
The plus side was we got back early and were able to do some much needed maintenance work on the bikes.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Chris Hoy - do these legs match yours?
And they're off
Prize giving Japanese style:- checking the form books and watching the dancing girls.
This is the Keirin Race (Chris Hoy is the World & Olympic Champion) at Yokohama near Tokyo. The race is very different to the Olympics - the main difference is that the motor bike at the front is replaced by a cyclist, but the race is otherwise the same. The spectators are big time gamblers. This clip gives a feel of the atmosphere. There is a lot of swearing and some cheering - reminiscent of a day at the dogs. After each race, a team of workers clean the track. The next racers parade in the style of race horses in the padock, the punters then study the form book (and legs) and head off to the betting machines. Meanwhile you can eat, drink and be entertained by dancing girls whilst watching the winner take his prize on a large TV screen. Then the action starts all over again!!!