Hi everyone! Slight change of plan today due to weather so the mountain bike days have been changed. I decided to take the day as a rest day and explore some of the towns and beaches of the south of the island.
Some mixed photos of the day - landscapes and food!
Hi everyone! What a day here in Tenerife exploring the south of the island. We have started off the trip with a hike a bike from Vento, through the barancos and ascending Roque del Conde. The view up there is amazing, and we had such a clear evening for a 360 panorama. We hiked up the trail then rode down back the same route which was mostly shepherd trails---- with lots of big rock step downs, tight corners and dust.
We hiked up to the top as a warm up and acclimatisation for the next few days of riding and filming with Adrenalin Rehab. Hydration and nutrition are already proving to be important too with the temperature around 27C all day with little wind when climbing, but riding back down to the town is rad!
I'm still trying to get the right setup with tyre pressures and suspension as the trails are a lot more rough than the UK, but tomorrow we are getting an uplift to ride about 2000m of vertical descending so that will be a good opportunity to test out a few different settings.
Hi everyone! Today has been a big travel day with 3 airports and flying with 2 bikes and luggage, but I am now out in Tenerife for a trip with Adrenaline Rehab, who are a Scottish bike holiday company.
Flying in to Tenerife made all the travel so worth it - look at those views, it is pretty hot here though- 24C when we landed late evening - so it may take a bit of time to get used to the heat on the bike.
Although Adrenaline Rehab do their own bike rental with their brands of bike, I chose to fly out my own bikes - a Kona Process 153 DL and a Zing CR to make the most of both types of cycling on offer.
(Top tip: if you fly with British Airways you can take 1 bike as your hold luggage of up to 23kg)
Hi everyone! How lucky that the Highlands are so accessible to visit and explore! These are from a drive through Glencoe with the most amazing light. The landscape is so beautiful and vast, so much to adventure through!
I will also be collaborating with bike adventure company Adrenaline Rehab soon, which is super exciting, lots of pictures to follow!
Hi everyone! This weekend was a busy one for Forfar with the Angus Cycle Hub Cycling Festival taking place. This included the Forfar Funduro, Scottish Cross Country Mountain Bike Association (SXC) final race of the year and SXC women's coaching event.
The main event of the festival for me was the SXC women's coaching that I was involved with thanks to the Women on 2Wheels project. It was great to build my coaching skills with uber-experienced coach Diane Clayton Chisholm leading the session in the trails above the town of Forfar.
The group consisted of women with varying backgrounds to cycling all keen to develop their skills towards their personal cycling goals and take their first steps into racing mountain bikes. The session consisted of cornering, climbing, descending and race tactics with the coaching being held on the taped out circuit for the SXC race the following day. By coaching in this environment, this provided riders an opportunity to experience the sort of technical trail features they may encounter during a race.
This weekends coaching was part of a 3 part series within the SXC rounds in 2016. The programme was supported by Awards for All, Scottish Cycling and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland with the aim for main coach Diane to continue the programme in 2017.