Test Valley Tour Cool Challenge 2013

Today I took part in the Gorrick Test Valley Tour Cool Challenge, which was some 29 miles. It was surprisingly quiet compared to the summer one and refreshing to take part in a non-competitive event that had some proper mud and insanely deep puddles to deal with. Even better, the impending storm of doom that’s been forecast stayed away and we had some good weather for it. I’ll add a bigger review with a video...

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This sums up my day…

And it didn’t get any better after either

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GoPro Rollbar Mount

For Father’s Day I was lucky enough to get a Rollbar Mount for my GoPro Hero 3, I’ve found the GoPro brilliant and I’ve used a Aluminium handlebar and helmet mounts to great effect. If I’m honest I was quite disappointed with the rollbar mount, on the first use it just kept sliding and moving, so I had to sand the joints to stop it moving, this did work well, but makes me wonder how I can be the only one to suffer the problem. My biggest issue however, was vibration, it’s bad, check the video below to see.

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The best thing…

…about mountain biking is the views after all that effort.

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Review – Gore Bike Wear Fusion 2.0 GORE-TEX Active Shell Jacket

I’ve been running a day-glow yellow Freestyle Gore-Tex Paclite jacket for about 10 years and it’s been excellent, but it’s finally started leaking at the seams and looks really grubby now. With the January sale on Wiggle, I bagged this jacket at nearly 40% off, which to me seemed more reasonable than the insane RRP of £200. I’ve been using it for six months now and it’s proven utterly brilliant at keeping the elements out in all weathers, to the point that my base layer and this jacket have replaced my old faithful Endura Windchill jacket and a couple of thinner layers on rides. Like the old Pac-lite version it’s made to fold small, and the XL version takes up about double the space of an MTB inner tube, so it can just sit in...

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Test Valley Tour – Hot Challenge 2013

So last Sunday I took part in the 50km route of Gorrick’s Test Valley Tour – Hot Challenge, it was a very different affair to the Wiggle Super Series and really relaxed with a lot of friendly people. The route got a little technical in a few places, but nothing too taxing, even better this is the first challenge I’ve not had to get off of the bike to push up a hill. After finishing the family joined me and we had a nice picnic together, we even sampled the excellent BBQ that was on offer, so a nice day was had by all. Really recommend taking part in this if you get the chance, I’ll definitely be going to the Cold Challenge in...

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Always nice to get a good photo

Especially when it’s an action shot! Taken during the Wiggle Ups & Downs 2013 event

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