Some Things I Have Learned From Bikepacking

End of Cairngorms Loop

I’m somewhat looking back at bikepacking. But also looking at other adventures (canoeing, hill walking, running) and trying to figure out what I’ve learned. A lot of it is pretty transferable amongst any activities “out there”. Hope you find it interesting. I’m certainly interested to know what other people have . . . → Read More: Some Things I Have Learned From Bikepacking

“What’s the matter? Your bike broken?” – Running Onwards

I never thought that I would enjoy running as much as I do. I never really thought that I see my love of riding wane. But both of those things seem to have happened.

Right now, I don’t have a “Next Challenge”. The Iditarod Trail Invitational in February (story to appear in the next Sidetracked Magazine) . . . → Read More: “What’s the matter? Your bike broken?” – Running Onwards

Strava stats from the Yukon 1000

Stats from the Yukon 1000 below…. Not just stats, also a chance to see our wiggly line through the immensely braided Yukon Flats (the last 3 days). In case you don’t paddle big rivers yourself – we kept moving from side to side so that we could find the fastest flowing water. 9 times out of . . . → Read More: Strava stats from the Yukon 1000

A few picture from the Yukon 1000

Emily and I recently paddled the Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race. Writing about it is going to take a little while but, in the meantime, here are some photos…

Thanks to Ainsworth Paddles and Clipper Canoes for helping us out with excellent kit!

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Back to The Yukon (this time, with a paddle)

In a couple of days, Emily and I will fly out to Canada to race the Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race. It is 1000 miles from Whitehorse, in Northwest Canada, to the Dalton Highway in Alaska. We will be using a Clipper Jensen WWII Canoe. We’ll pick up the canoe when we get there. After . . . → Read More: Back to The Yukon (this time, with a paddle)

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

Over the Easter weekend, Emily and I paddled the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. 125 miles, 77 portages, and no sleep. (Strava track here)

It was a whole different experience to racing bikes – a lot of it was type 2 fun (don’t know what type 2 fun . . . → Read More: Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

Iditarod Stats

I’m working on a proper story about the Iditarod but, in the meantime, here are some stats!

I recorded the whole ride on my GPS and put it onto Strava. However, they are set up as private rides so that people can’t download the track file. Getting lost is part of the experience, and trying . . . → Read More: Iditarod Stats

Pre-Iditarod

Obsessions with the weather can get out of control before the Iditarod Trail Invitational. You can’t change the weather, but you can do your best to be prepared for whatever it might throw up.

Yesterday, it was -27C in McGrath. For the race start tomorrow, it’s due to be around 0C in Anchorage. It might . . . → Read More: Pre-Iditarod

Look North

Not that North, further.

So far North that the lakes and rivers are frozen hard. Where omnipresent snow has 100 different kinds of crunch under your feet. Where the nights are savagely, beautifully cold and accompanied by the dance of the aurora growling across the sky. Where wolves run and bears sleep. Where it can . . . → Read More: Look North

Singular Puffin – first impressions

I picked up my Singular Puffin fat bike yesterday, and went straight into two test rides with a nominal amount of work in-between.

Puffin

First impressions are that it has a very lively ride: easy to manual and throw about. Geometry also works well for climbing, but it’s not exactly a rocket up the . . . → Read More: Singular Puffin – first impressions