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