The Chilterns with MTB Guiding

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Tom Hutton // MTB Guide // Map Geek // Photographer

Well I had a cracking day on Sunday. Seeing my good friend Tom Hutton had strayed out of the mountains of Snowdonia on MBR Magazine business (and not too far from where I live) I asked if I could tag along for the ride and so I joined him and Steph in the Chilterns. Continue reading “The Chilterns with MTB Guiding”

Lake District with MTB Guiding

Tom Hutton - MTB Guiding
Tom Hutton – MTB Guiding

To say that I was looking forward to this trip (3rd -5th June, last weekend) would be a little bit of an understatement! After April’s 5 day trip to Snowdonia, a trip to the Lake District with 7 of my mates and to have 3 days guiding by Tom Hutton (MTB Guiding), simply couldn’t come soon enough.

The weather is always a concern when you pre-book a trip, invest some money and book time off work, and we were all secretly watching the weather and trying not to curse it by posting forecasts on Facebook – because it looked like we were going to be in for a treat!

Above Coniston Water
Above Coniston Water

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What can Ryan Leech Teach?

Ryan Leech is a bit of a trials bike legend who I first saw on the Extreme Sports channel popping up in episodes of Ride Guides. I did a little bit of BMX as kid but nothing that comes close to trials riding, but I have always loved to watch skills vids and edits from the likes of Danny Macaskill and Chris Akrigg.

In particular I like Chris Akrigg as he takes the trials skills to the trails.

Anyway, I’ve always tried to push myself on technical sections and roots. I don’t shy away from logs in the path and I like a track stand challenge. So when the opportunity to subscribe to Ryan Leech’s online skills course came along I thought I’d have a look!

http://ryanleech.com

At first it seems a little odd to be taught riding skills on the internet in this way but Ryan’s mixture of text and video explains things in a simple way and provide you with progressive lessons to hone your skills.

I have only just started to give his online course a try and have so far been impressed with the way he breaks down things like track stands and slow turns into their component parts.

As with my session at UK Bike Skills this is going to be a slow process of making sure I’m using the right techniques and then applying them on the trail. The difference between learning to jump or drop and learning some slower speed skills, is that I can drill them in the garden or in my lunch break.

Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted on how I get on. In the mean time check me out turning around on my bike in the garden!  Sounds silly but these little exercises hone your trail skills and bike handling.

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I have spent today coordinating the calendars at home so that I don’t forget to fit in some amazing stuff this year!

So far I have 2 weekend away trips planned on the mountain bike in North Wales in April and the Lake District in June (with friends from MB Swindon and the second lead by MTB Guiding, Tom Hutton).

In May I have entered Heaven Of The South – two nights of camping, drinking and riding in the Cotswolds.

Just confirmed a bike packing trip too, also with MTB Guiding and I’m looking forward to an inspiring night of adventure films at the BANFF Mountain Film Festival when it comes to Swindon.

Obviously there will be plenty of other rides and mini adventures on the way.

Hope 2016 is as good as its beginning to look on the calendar!

Tim