Getting to one of my “local” pump tracks and wiping myself out for an hour or two sis such good exercise.
It also means I get to dress in skinny jeans and wear my POC lid.
Honestly 75% of that video (not the bit with me in the car obviously) was filmed with my DJI Spark drone. I’m pleased with how it came out and how I got some lucky shots and angles completely by accident. For instance if you look at the sequence at 1:55 in, this was only set up to capture 1 pass, but the 3 passes on all 3 lines was such a bonus!
Any way hope you like this – if you did please leave a comment on the video, give it a thumbs up and please subscribe!
Its a bit click baity, but I have to try anything these days to get views!
If you haven’t been to BikePark Wales in a while you might not know they’ve made some new trails – 7 in all. Well I rode 5 of them on Monday and in the video above you can see montage of my day.
I’ve put a shortcut below to each trail and highlighted the 5 new ones with an asterisk. I have also colour coded the trails Blue and Red.
Please note that ACDCand Watts Occurring are graded as RED below but are a bit of a step up in some ways. Any other trail centre and they might be considered BLACK as they have some features that require commitment and in some parts of the trail there is no obvious line choice.
Anyway, i hope you enjoy the video and your next visit to BikePark Wales…
Now is always a good time. That’s another saying I like.
Done is better than perfect. Not one of mine, but I like it and its my new blogging/vlogging moto.
Don’t wait until you have perfected it, just get the content out there and be yourself. Sometimes too polished and fancy can seem fake. Sure I’m doing some intro’s, adding music etc but you have to make it a little interesting, there’s just no need to spend days making a slick edit, unless thats what people want. Mountain bike videos don’t have to be all from behind the bars or on top of your helmet.
Anyway – i might do a “guide to mountain bike vlogging” post at some point, but for now please head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe.
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Ok it wasn’t on a mountain bike but it was on a cyclocross/gravel bike and was hard work in yesterday’s heat.
I didn’t have much of a plan. I’d loosely mapped out a 100km route and I had 3 main check points.
Solsbury Hill (From the Peter Gabriel song)
The Bath Two Tunnels
and getting home via the Caen Hill Locks by 9pm
I set off after 1pm with a sort of plan that it would begin to cool as my ride went on rather than get hotter, and because I’d had a few beers the night before and didn’t feel like riding in the AM.
My journey took me along probably 50km of cycle paths (40km of which were rough – the Kennet and Avon tow path sounds lovely but its bumpy and rough for a 30km stretch). And 50km or roads and paved tracks.
My bike is a Genesis CDF – a few years old, and is a steal cyclocross machine weighing around 12kg I think – haven’t weighed it. And I currently have fitted some Specialized Borough tyres – these are great for the smoother surfaces but don’t hide the bumps of the Kennet and Avon Canal tow path!
I didn’t really plan this very well and though I thought I did OK, it shows that with some better planning I would have had plenty of energy
I carried 2 x 500ml bottles that I refilled in a pub, a camp site and with a bottle purchased from a shop. So I drank around 4 litres as well as a milk shake and a bottle of coke.
Before I left I’d had some eggs for breakfast and bacon sandwich for lunch.
Food en route consisted of 3 basic cereal bars, and half a pack of Haribos.
Elapsed time 7 hrs 55 min
Moving time 5 hrs 57 min
Max speed 64kmph