SWXC Round 3: Falmouth Bike Park

On Sunday 6th September, it was finally time to head down into the depths of Cornwall for Round 3 of the South West Cross Country Series. Being held at Falmouth Bike Park, a 4X track, the course promised drops, jumps, berms and rock gardens, all of which were sure to […] Read More

Scott Marathon Series 2015: Round 4 – Wantage

It’s been a quiet few months for me on the racing front, and after Round 3 of the SWXC Series due to be hosted at Falmouth this weekend was postponed, I was keen to get some competitive riding in in the meantime. Luckily there was a Scott MTB Marathon event taking […] Read More

Darkmoor 2015

On Saturday 4th July, my colleague Dave and I took part in Darkmoor, a semi-organised ride across Dartmoor over night. The ride began at Captain Jaspers on Plymouth Barbican at 9pm, and headed North across the moor to Okehampton, before heading back to the Barbican via Moretonhampstead, totalling around 90 miles. The […] Read More

SWXC Round 2: Grogley

After the wet Soggy Bottom races over the winter, I was looking forward to entering the South West XC Series throughout the summer, in hopefully drier and faster conditions. Having been unable to enter Round 1 due to work commitments, Round 2 at Grogley was my next opportunity to get […] Read More

Test Ride: Whyte 29-CS

So following on from Wednesday’s disappointment, I received a call the following day to confirm the 29-C demo bike had arrived at Rockin’ Bikes, ready for me to take out for a spin. With the Moonlit Soggy Bottom Race on Friday night, and Devon Dirt planned for Sunday, Saturday afternoon […] Read More

Soggy Bottom Series 2015: Moonlit Soggy

The 17th-19th April were a busy few days at Newnham Park, as it hosted Round 2 of the British Cycling National XC Series. Having only just dipped my toe into the XC race scene, I decided to pass on the National series this year, but was happy to learn that there […] Read More

Test Ride: Whyte T-129 Works

On Wednesday 15th April, Rockin’ Bikes at Yelverton hosted a Whyte Bikes demo day. I’ve been scouring the market for a carbon 29er XC race hardtail for a while, but struggled to find anything that ticked all the right boxes, until I came across the Whyte 29-CS. I’d asked if I […] Read More

Soggy Bottom Series 2015: Round 3

Sunday 8th March saw the third and final round of the Soggy Bottom Race Series take place at Newnham Park. Whilst not ranking particularly highly in individual races so far, I learned that after round 2 I was in 18th position in the overall series rankings, so my main objective […] Read More

Soggy Bottom Series 2015: Round 2

Sunday 8th February 2015 saw Round 2 of this year’s Soggy Bottom XC Race Series take place at Newnham Park. Reluctantly entering round two after not enjoying the first round much, I felt slightly more confident this time knowing what to expect, and knowing the trails would be much grippier […] Read More

Soggy Bottom Series 2015: Round 1

Throughout 2014, several friends and connections on Strava suggested that I should get involved in racing. It’s something I’d never really considered doing before, but being up for a new challenge, I decided to make 2015 a year of getting into XC racing, and entering as many events and races […] Read More