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  • the first National Series in 1988 and as for the first race I seem to remember there being some arguement but it could have been the Reeth Rockhop in Yorkshire The bikes were heavy 30lbs plus laid back in angles and had handlebars as wide as possible Early makes were Ridgeback Overburys and the coolest of cool Fisher If you owned a Fisher Pro Caliber or Hoo Koo E Koo I think you d probably made it Early stars of the race scene were Paul Hinton Mike Newton and Vince Edwards but everything went into overdrive when David Baker and Tim Gould came along and thrashed everyone The Peugeot machine or should I say Chas Roberts and Ritchey dragged UK racing very fast onto the world scene They are still there doing their stuff In 1987 1988 and 1989 there were two World Championships one in Europe and one in the USA until finally in 1990 it all went official with the first UCI Union Cycliste Internationale Worlds at Purgatory in Colorado Gouldie won a bronze as did Jake Elliot in the Junior XC and a silver for Dave Hemming in the Junior downhill Our most successful Worlds ever That

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  • Bluedome
    one that fits watch out for your first bike being too big you should be able to stand astride it with a couple of inches clearance Generally speaking you ll add hundreds of pounds to the price just to save a couple of pounds in weight However expensive bikes are like expensive cars they perform much better Be warned bikes cost almost as much to run as cars Winter conditions are hard on bikes suspension and parts The Helmet a requirement for racing and a sensible thing for riding in traffic and in the hills but the choice is yours Heads are heavy and they always seem to be attracted to something hard in a crash The Map Ever since the day I happened upon a naked mountain biker on the moors I ve put the map above clothes in my list of requirements Where to Ride Bikes are allowed on bridleways RUPP s roads used as public paths and BOAT s byways open to all traffic but not on public footpaths Get your local Ordenance Survey map and figure out some good loops you ll be amazed with what you find It s also worth checking your local definitive map as sometimes as in my own area many footpaths are actually bridleways Tourist information offices often have local ride leaflets which can be useful if tracks in your area happen to get upgraded in status Clothes out with the wallet again If you go into the hills or mountains be prepared for the conditions Remember if you crash and get injured your body temperature will drop quickly since you re likely to be pretty sweaty A windproof cape or waterproof is the minimum extra layer you should take link to other sections of Blue Dome Cycling shorts are a

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  • Bluedome - Cycling around Loch Fleet
    at the Clatteringshaws cafe and then enjoy a long down hill ride back After riding under the impressive railway viaduct which spans the Fleet the trail heads straight into the forest There is a single pole barrier which is often locked Once past the barrier take the first right and you are heading north through the undulating and gently climbing landscape Taking a rest near Loch Grannoch The Merrick can be seen in the distance In places the forest is all that can be seen The trail leads away into the distance with thick forest planting on either side A GPS is often useful to keep track as everywhere looks like everywhere else You can t really get lost hear just stick to the foreatry track keep going and you will eventually hit tarmac The rain had stayed away the sun was shining and I had the place to myself Evidence of large clearances by the forestry workers could be seen but no one was working today the forest was silent After stopping at Loch Grannoch for a breather and to admire the view I pedalled northward towards Clatteringshaws I was getting a little fed up of the way the forest planting closed in around the track so it was a case of out with the map and see what else there was of interest If I reversed the route and enjoyed some high speed freewheeling too a track leading away to the east looked interesting Another track led north to a small loch called Loch Fleet it was just one of those choices that riding alone lets you make without any discussions Looks good lest go More climbing as the track leads steadily upwards on the map OS Outdoor Leisure 32 Galloway Forest Park Loch Fleet is at 330

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  • Bluedome
    the air escaped Luckily the Cyclist s Best Friend had stowed away in my pack and ten minutes later I was back on the grind with a brand new tube But that day the mountains were in control The front flatted as I washed through a frozen puddle A patch was needed and as the glue dried I crammed a pork and mango chutney sarnie into my mouth catching up on calories But when moved off the back tyre had gone down That familiar feeling of something out there being against me threatened to take over but I pushed it aside and searched for the thorn There it was sticking through a block in the tread its wicked grin spurring a warm anger Now this is where it all started to go wrong because instead of snapping off the point I should have dug it out with the old Swiss Army knife But it was a bit cold for fiddling around so I just patched the tube and got ready to go But oh no the front had gone down A look to the heavens and high snow covered peaks brought no response so I got on with the job and mended the tube again But now that I was really cold and well down the road to being cheesed off it would have been too good to get going Of course I had another puncture The un dug out thorn was languishing in the warmth of my rear tyre while I stood around pumping air into a Swiss cheese Right that s it I told myself Any more blowouts and I m walking back to the car and calling it a day My prayers were quickly answered and I was soon on my way But if you think that

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  • Bluedome - Alpine Bikes Himalayan Hand Cycle Expedition
    Skiers was formed in 1989 by a group of individuals with the same ideals view and foresight The aim is to provide the facilities equipment and expertise to bring the opportunity for winter sports activities within reach of the scottish disabled community The average annual membership is around 200 people and the range of disabilities includes amputees cerebral palsied paraplegics the blind epilepsy sufferers and those with learning difficulties The growing success of the association is however putting increased demands on our resources and this presents the danger of preventing disabled people in Scotland the opportunity to sample what most take for granted Unfortunately the specialised equipment is very expensive with just one of the pieces of adaptive ski equipment costing in the region of 2000 The sponsored Himalayan Hand Cycle Expedition plans to alleviate the shortfall in resources The Expedition Route Profile The expedition begins in Bishkek Northern Kyrgyzstan following a route south through the central Tien Shan mountains via Kegety at 3 800 metres altitude From here the route continues south to the Torugart Pass at 3 750 metres which marks the entry into China On leaving the Tian Shan mountains the route takes us along the edge of the hostile Taklamakan Desert following the old silk road to Kashgar capital of the western Xianjiang region of China This first stage covering an impressive 700 Kilometres of both tarmac unmade roads and dirt tracks is considered to be the most exciting overland toute into China and will be covered in 14 days We will rest one day in Kashgar before beginning the second stage pedalling south along the Karakoram Highway for 400 Kilometres This route will take the expedition into the spectacular and challenging Himalayan region prone to earthquakes glaciation rock halls and floods all of which make travel in this region very unpredictable The Khunjerab Pass which crosses the Karokoram range at an altitude of 4 733 metres marks the border between China and Pakistan We aim to complete this stage in 7 days The third stage follows the path of the Hunza River which winds down the final 300 kilometre stretch through northern Pakistan We arrive at Gilgit at 1 500 metres after 5 days cycling This will conclude the 1 400 Kilometre route in a planned total of 26 days cycling In addition to the obvious demands on health and fitness there will be a number of other challanges involved in the expedition Amongst these will be the bureaucracy of immigration and border crossings we encounter 17 checkpoints between Kyrgyzstan and China as well as adapting to the local culture traditions and language The expedition will also be 100 self supporting tents are used throughout the journey and all equipment will be carried on our bikes The Team Karen Darke 26 Hand cyclist expedition organiser and national fundraiser for Scotlands Alternative Skiers Karen is a keen cyclist and has cycled in Central China Iceland Scotland France and Spain Before a climbing accident in 1993 resulting

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  • Bluedome
    Blackburn Burnley in the North showing the excellent bridleway link from Burnley to Rossendale and on to Rochdale The new permissive route from Bolton to Blackburn over Darwen Moor Also featuring a detailed map of the popular Lever Park Rivington Pike area Use the map to put together your own routes from 5 miles to 50 Future publications from Lancashire by Saddle include maps of The Ribble Valley and The

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  • MB - Yorkshire Dales Route
    carrying please e mail us so this route either avoids it or tackles it in summer on the route back when a slight downhill gradient helps Route Description OS Landranger 98 Wensleydale or Outdoor Leisure 2 Yorkshire Dales western Start Car park toilets Horton in Ribblesdale 1 50 approx but its got hot water Cafes Pubs cafes pubs camping and B Bs in Horton pub at Helwith Time Distance 3 4 5 hours quite a long way Take the B6479 north for approx 2 miles Turn left on to BW signed at GR787747 Take the right fork and then the left onto grassy track to left of wall through ford to gate Once through the next gate just keep following the grassy track and the BW markings The views of Pen Y Ghent to your left are ace The track is easy going and any gradient soon levels and begins to drop slightly At junction with the Horton footpath coming up from left wooden sign keep going straight on Through a gate and eventually the track comes into more open ground At this point navigation could be tricky but you re looking for the fork that takes you south west through Long Scar GR773725 This right fork is not that obvious Avoid the temptation to go straight on The track soon after is well defined and drops quickly bending right down through the scar You soon meet a gate and then another one drop off somewhere between you ll never see it From the second gate it s down the rocky walled Long Lane Turn left at the bottom into Thwaite Lane and thus left on to the quiet lane back to Helwith Bridge pub and first option back to Horton Time approx 1 hour From Helwith turn left onto

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  • Bluedome
    the whole truth and nothing but because Sian and her husband Dafydd have helped designed some great marked trails in the forest There are routes for families and novices right up to expert Sian boasts that in summer the singletrack is as good as Vail in Colorado I m going to be there in summer to validate this claim and I m expecting the sun to shine right Mountain bikers are positively welcomed and more parts of the forest are being opened up all the time There are miles and miles of trails including the 7 mile Red Bull route for experts It s already been raced and a lap record set and there are rumours of the whole area being used for stage racing in 1997 So if you want to see how good marked trails can be head to Coed y Brenin Location OS Landranger 124 Dolgellau Sandwiched between Snowdonia to the North and Cader Idris to the south the centre is well marked about halfway between Dolgellau and Trawsfynydd on the A470 The whole area south of Snowdonia is slightly less dramatic but a lot quieter and excellent for cycling Start Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor

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