Category Archives: cyclocross

Kona Jake

The correct way to start a Saturday.

12°C, bright and dry. Light wind. The sea defences are made of muddy clay. Today the surface is firm gum and deeply rutted by cattle hooves. That’s quite a difficult surface for a ‘cross bike even with 38mm tyres. I … Continue reading

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Ribble nature reserve

16°C, bright sun and dry Not a long ride but I’ve clocked up well over 100 miles in the last few days. The trips to work have been quick except the return home yesterday. My legs were just empty and … Continue reading

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Beach pipe

12°C, light rain, N. What is that thing? I features in the background of some of my beach shots. From a distance, especially in poor conditions, it can look sinister. This rain is an escape from the severe storms south: … Continue reading

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Crunchy sands

16°C, blazing sun with crisp shadows. A gentle outing along the coast. Much of the ground has dried out, that thick gummy mud has set leaving soft loose sand in places. This was a pleasant relaxing ride. Those dark bands … Continue reading

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Good Thursday.

19°C, milky sin, warm dry with medium E breeze. Gravel Roads: this route never strayed far from home but was a decent outing. These gravel roads may need tougher tyres, winter CX tyres are fine on wet grass but some … Continue reading

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Fylde Coastal path.

6°C, E wind, sunny and dry. Cold with a piercing E wind. The ground is hard now so a bike with some suspension would help. There are sections where the ridges in the dyke forced me to get off and … Continue reading

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Ewe turned turtle.

10°C, brisk NW, bright sun. Rode the RSPB route in vright sunshine. That SSW leg takes you through a field of sheep. They were all ewes, many with lambs, tiny lambs. Then I saw one motionless, on her side. I … Continue reading

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Soft pedaling the cross.

13°C, sunny with light breeze. https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3392284945 I have a teacher’s cold (again). Since it’s an unseasonably warm sunny day, I rode the cross bike anyway. I soft-pedaled along the sea wall. The tide was high making the beach soggy. Cross … Continue reading

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Ribble Dyke by cyclo-cross.

12°C, sunny with S breeze. Soft mud of the season made this a smoother route than last time I passed this way. What an excellent day! I saw Egrets, heard Oyster Catchers and many others I can’t identify. The glancing … Continue reading

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Cross the chase, December.

11°C, sun and cold wind. Rain to finish. https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/3280048873 Besides that, here’s an anecedote. The bike got quite muddy on this outing so normally I’d hose it down. Today, I have no access to a hose. Instead, I used a … Continue reading

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