The One Show Rickshaw challenge takes on a continental vibe in 2018.
The perfect ride is one with friends.
I can’t quite remember how old I was when I first went out cycling on roads by myself, without an adult, but I was definitely less than 12 as I used to cycle the mile from my home to Invergowrie Primary School every day.
Too often we hear of the negative side of riding a bike on our roads. Social and mainstream media is jam-packed with stories of accidents, close calls and, often, the tragic results of such encounters.
Looking through websites and magazines for inspiration for a new route to cycle can be rewarding. It is surprising how many places, often on my doorstep, I have neglected, or not even known about.
JFK was said to have commented: “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride”, but that purity of an image, a rider and their bike with just the winding trail heading off into the wilderness is changing rapidly in our technology driven times.
Washing down your mountain bike after a particularly muddy ride makes good sense; it keeps the parts running smoothly and ensures that your prized steed will be riding trails for many years to come.
When you make a journey by bike rather than by a motorised vehicle there is a certain expectation that you are doing your bit for the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
I remember my daughter’s first bike race. She was four years old, and we had travelled up to Carrbridge where the local club had organised a youth Dirt Crit mountain bike race.
As a cycling guide and coach, I tend to work seven days a week, with 14-hour days a regular feature of my daily working life. Ironically, this means I find very little time to ride my bike for myself, so find I’m trying to fit opportunities to cycle in any spare moments.