30th June 2016

Essex Summer Evening Series – Round 6 Report

Heavy rain again fell the day before round 6 of the Essex Summer Evening Series which seems to be a regular occurrence this summer but luckily the Potash Woods course held up well with only a few sections with the odd puddle. The senior males set off first as usual with the race taking a familiar...
23rd June 2016

KMC International Bundesliga XCO Heubach, Bike the Rock - Lomas Wefing

Bike the Rock, in Heubach, Baden Würrtemberg, Germany has become a legendary race over its 12-year history. The 2016 race is certainly one I won’t forget for lots of reasons. The course is one, which suits a climber with descending skills. The climb is quite long, (half of the course) and...
22nd June 2016

The Manx at Fforest Fields ,Round 4 ,British XC Series

The trouble with living on the Isle of Man is getting off it when the T.T. races are on! As much as we love this annual event, that makes our beautiful island come alive, it also proves a big problem when the UK XC calendar comes out. So arriving on the ferry to Heysham, a day earlier than usual...
22nd June 2016

One man and a leg do Alpentour Trophy 2016 - Lloyd Bettles

I (Endurance Ed) had the pleasure of meeting Lloyd out at the Alpentour Trophy. Nothing unusual about that apart from the large, healing split in his right knee. A bike accident just 4 weeks previous split open his knee, receiving numerous internal and external stitches, but here he was,...
Race Report: Beach Breaker 2016
20th June 2016

Race Report: Beach Breaker 2016

Hard and Fast! Beach Breaker Bike Race 2016 in association with Southfork proved tougher than ever. The third round of the SWXC Series and the Regional Championships, it took place in the stunning area of the sand dunes and on Potters Hill,  behind Woolacombe beach.  The location could not be...
Alpentour Trophy stage 4 - the TT
19th June 2016

Alpentour Trophy stage 4 - the TT

Stage 4 was the TT. only a mere 14km, but up a mountain, 1100m of climbing. This wasn't a head down fireroad bash up the to the top either, a mixture of trails, twists and turns broke it up, making the kms tick feel like they ticked by a little faster and the pain a little less! Riders went...
18th June 2016

Alpentour Trophy Stage 3 - the big one

Stage 3 was the Queen stage, not long at 67km, but with 3100m of ascent and the weather report was looking tough too, heavy rain all day. Thankfully the unpredictable mountain weather did its thing and changed for the better, overcast and humid, with a just a splattering of rain. The main climb of...
15th June 2016

Bristol Bikefest 2016 - Matt Jones

Bristol Bikefest has been a race favourite for many over the years with the event being known for its laid back atmosphere and a fun all weather course. Many lovers of the race were sad to hear the announcement that this could be it's last year. The organisers citing increasing costs of hiring the...
11th June 2016

Alpentour Trophy Stage 2

Today we got to see the majesty of these surrounding peaks and ride in glorious sunshine. With 58km and 2900m of climbing, which amounted to 2 big climbs it was going to be a tough day in the saddle. Today was a proper adventure into the mountains, past raging rivers, high waterfalls, singletrack...
11th June 2016

Essex Summer Evening Series - Round 5 Report

There was heavy rain and thunder storms forecast for round 5 of the Essex Summer Evening Series but luckily these passed either side of us with only a very light drizzle falling mid way through the race to dampen down the dusty conditions. The dry track it made for some very fast racing. The adult...
10th June 2016

Alpentour Trophy stage 1

What a beautiful part of the world. The town of Schladming, nestled deep in the mountains, but we wouldn't get to see much of it today. The forecast was, unfortunately, right. Rain. Non stop all day with the mountains shrouded in cloud cover. Quite a contrast to the heat yesterday, basking in SS...