Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 5 (Scott Cornish)

20-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Rain, thorns and a few hills... I say rain, but it was more of an early morning drizzle cooling the air and keeping the dust at bay on stage 5, the queen stage in terms of climbing. Not huge at 2500m D+, but constant up and down, tough enough on the now tiring legs 6 days in, but what a day. Not...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 4 (Team Momsen UK)

17-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

The Cape Epic with test your fitness, it will test your equipment and most telling it will test your resolve. I love and hate that fact; I love being tested, I hate coming up short and I very definitely hate if factors out of your control conspire to mess with your head. Todays stage around...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 3 (Team Momsen UK)

17-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Singletrack treats, monkeys and mishaps Stage 3, not dissimilar to stage 1 in length and height gain, it was going to be another long, hot day in the saddle, but this time ending at the next venue town of Wellington and characterised by constantly changing scenery and some epic riding. This is an...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 2 (Team Momsen UK)

15-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Stage 2 Results round-up: Stage 2, day 3 (93KM -  2200m Elevation- Saronsberg to Saronsberg) was less of a brute than stage 1, but only just, which is reflected in the times. There were very few 'easy' km today, much of the pedalling on single-track trails, up and down, requiring intense efforts...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 1 (Scott Cornish)

14-03-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Forgotten how that 4:50 am alarm feels, but getting back in under the midday sun you realise why the start is at 7am. Stuart popped his head into my tent just to make sure that I was awake! I did ask him to, as I am notoriously bad at early mornings. The heat, which can be the achilles heel for...

Training with Power for the mtber

01-03-2016  Scott Cornish   MTB Training 

As endurance Editor physiobikefit Scott heads into the last phases of training for the Cape Epic, he has been getting to grips with training with power since racing a 4 stage race in Lanzarote last month. He is on a Rotor INpower Rex 1.1 crank, paired with the feature packed Garmin Edge 1000...

RWD sintered disc brake pads

29-02-2016  Scott Cornish   Reviews 

Winter brings that familiar sound of brakes grinding against rims, fine wet grit reducing braking performance and increasing rim wear. The switch to a disc brake winter bike (cable discs)  a few years ago helped braking confidence in the wet, but the pads themselves just weren't lasting any...

Stage races - a couple of good value favourites

17-02-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race News 

Whilst some riders are getting in trail time on xc skis,  others have already started the endurance racing season at one of a number of stage races in sunnier climates. The choice of races is steadily growing. Depending on how far a field you want to go there are currently 4 options in January...

Club La Santa stage 4, video & results roundup

07-02-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Brits and Irish were well represented at this 4 day stage race, taking home some well deserved podium spots. Sally Bigham stormed it in the elite women for the win with 3 other Brit ladies in the top 10, Helen Wainwright, Carla Haines and Jenny Lee. Julie Elder did a great ride to win the M30...

Club La Santa Stage 3

02-02-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Stage 3 was only 21km, it only took about an hour, less for a few, more for others, but it was the TT. A TT up a mountain (with a couple of descending sections) to an observatory at the top of the dramatic Famara cliffs. The usual high winds were a mere pleasant breeze today, just enough to cool...

Club La Santa stage 2

01-02-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Cracking day's racing in the sunshine! Racing in January is always a shock to the system, most likely why yesterday it felt like lead in my legs and the heart rate was spiking super high. Physically and mentally things had settled down a little for stage 2, a better ride and as someone once told...

Club La Santa Stage 1

30-01-2016  Scott Cornish   XC Race Reports 

Doing the stage 1 recce yesterday was a good shout, knowing what was coming in terms of the loose terrain was useful and where the little pit falls were. The stage was fast and short on rolling terrain favouring the powerful riders who could put out the watts on the flat. Today's pace was somewhat...