brakepad Kielder 100 2011

Kielder 100, 2011 report by Mark It was no secret that this year I had one goal, and that was to beat Phil’s time of 9:59:35. [Phil: Its no secret I dont want Mark to beat my time] Friday We’ve arrived, and ...

Aerozine-Chainrings

I was due a new drive chain, but after looking at the price of RaceFace and Shimano XT I was not impressed. £90 or more for a set, that's just too much. I looked around a bit and found some ...

SITS 2011

Well glad thats over, pain and suffering aside, was a fantastic event again, Team DVATC/Cyclomonster.com managed a podium finish on our first attempt at in the 24hr Pairs cat. A fairy dry one by SITS standards, except for that lap about ...

Bontrager 24 12 2011 Photo

Here's a video for the whole of the first lap and pre loop, bit of a epic. Took out most of the hill bits, but still 19 mins. How often do you get to see a race from this angle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZJ3jvuQ2hM

Keilder 100 Race Report (2010)

Posted by MTBMonkey On Sep - 6 - 2010 3 Comments
Lots of special racing goodies to keep us going

Montane Kielder 100 2010 (My race). 5.30 am On any normal day, standing next to a lycra clad bloke in the men’s toilets while we both applied sun cream and midge repellent might have seemed odd, but not to me and not today because this is the Kielder 100, and we need to be on the start line in 30 minutes. My emergency blanket and whistle is packed I’ve got 2 pocket full’s of high five energy gels ready and […]

Welcome

Posted by MTBMonkey On Sep - 6 - 2010 Add Comments
Bike Radar 2009

Have you ever tried to find a decent mountain bike ride to do in your area, it’s not easy without local Mountain biking knowledge, this site is for routes that dont allways make it in to the MTB mags. Routes are in Memory Map and GPS format, feel free to request other formats (e.g gpx, gps, memory map, track logs, Magellan, Maptech etc). New mountain bike routes will be added regularly. Most routes will be around Derbyshire and the Peak […]

Kielder 100, 2011 Race Report

Posted by MTBMonkey On Sep - 27 - 2011 Add Comments
brakepad Kielder 100 2011

Kielder 100, 2011 report by Mark It was no secret that this year I had one goal, and that was to beat Phil’s time of 9:59:35. [Phil: Its no secret I dont want Mark to beat my time] Friday We’ve arrived, and everything is very wet. The campsite is more like a swamp, as usual I’ve managed to pitch my tent in what appears to be a drainage channel to the river that runs down the side of the campsite […]

Aerozine Chainring Review

Posted by MTBMonkey On Aug - 10 - 2011 Add Comments
Aerozine-Chainrings

I was due a new drive chain, but after looking at the price of RaceFace and Shimano XT I was not impressed. £90 or more for a set, that’s just too much. I looked around a bit and found some Aerozine rings, for about £50, a pretty hefty saving, considering an 44T XT ring costs over £50 on its own, but are they any good. I fitted them to my race bike just before Bontrager 24 12 in July and […]

Sleepless in the Saddle 2011

Posted by MTBMonkey On Aug - 8 - 2011 1 Comment
SITS 2011

Well glad thats over, pain and suffering aside, was a fantastic event again, Team DVATC/Cyclomonster.com managed a podium finish on our first attempt at in the 24hr Pairs cat. A fairy dry one by SITS standards, except for that lap about 6pm when the torrential rain turned the wooded section about half way round to clay, which stopped the wheels going round. Running holding the front wheel off the ground, dragging the back was great fun! 32 Laps completed in […]

Bontrager Twenty Four 12 First Lap video

Posted by MTBMonkey On Aug - 1 - 2011 Add Comments
Bontrager 24 12 2011 Photo

Here’s a video for the whole of the first lap and pre loop, bit of a epic. Took out most of the hill bits, but still 19 mins. How often do you get to see a race from this angle

Bontrager TwentyFour 12 2011 Photos

Posted by MTBMonkey On Jul - 25 - 2011 2 Comments
Bontrager 24 12 2011 photos

A load of photos were taken on the 1st couple of laps, best thing is they are all free to download. Same time, same place for Sleepless in the Saddle in a few weeks, if I’ve recovered. 24hrs pairs this time. See photos tab, If you like them drop a comment on the blog. Enjoy,

Bontrager 24 12 2011

Posted by MTBMonkey On Jul - 21 - 2011 1 Comment
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I thought this year I’d try and post some live updates and maybe a few photos as the race goes on, well sort of live, I’m not planning to stop mid lap to send a message, Keep your eye out on the twitter feed on the right, or follow me direct on twitter. I’ll be riding in the 12 hr male pairs class as team DVATC, I’m going to draw a line in the sand and say we are going […]

MTB Race night – Midlands

Posted by MTBMonkey On May - 16 - 2011 Add Comments
mtb Race night

MTB Race night. Bingham 27th May 2011 Cotgrave 17th June 2011 Sherwood Pines 1st July 2011 Hardwick Hall 22nd July 2011 More details here

Kielder 100 Race Tips

Posted by MTBMonkey On Apr - 27 - 2011 1 Comment
kielder100_montane

Having ridden this event last year, I thought I would instil some of my vast wisdom of the race onto those of you foolish enough to have entered this year. In no particular order: 1. Don’t take a big camel back, ideally none at all, when full of water, its heavy, and you don’t need to carry that much between check points. Only carry enough + a bit extra to see you between each one. 2. Use energy drink and […]

Join the MTBMonkey Endomondo Team

Posted by MTBMonkey On Apr - 13 - 2011 Add Comments
EndomondoSpotlight

Fancy a bit of healthy sports competition, motivation or just fancy logging some miles, if you have a smart phone download Endomondo for free and search for the mtbmonkey team. Then just ask to join. There might be a prize at some point even if its only a manbadge.

Snowdon 2011

Posted by MTBMonkey On Apr - 11 - 2011 Add Comments
Snowdon View

After last years failed attempt to summit Snowdon due to 8 inches of snow and -15C night temp we decided to give it another go. Freakish conditions again occurred, although this time 20C sunny and crystal clear, not bad for April. Rhyd Ddu was the start point for the lesser travelled southern approach, a nice gentle climb to start, which soon turns into a mix of ride, push, carry. Conditions were fantastically hot for the time of year, but good […]