I've been mountain biking, on and off, for over twenty years. During that time I have had a three bikes - a Raleigh Lizard (thought it was awesome in 1994), a Giant Terrago Disc (not at all bad) and now a Specialized Rockhopper Sport XXL (pretty damn good - thanks to a few upgrades). The MTB scene is awash with truly amazing machines but I like to keep it simple, with a hardtail that I can look after myself.

I hit the trails most weekends - summer and winter, rain or shine. It gives me the fix I really depend on - fresh air, time away, exercise and a bit of andrenalin. Occasionally I manage to do longer route when on holiday or away for a weekend, and I've shared some of those routes here.

Posted: Tue 04 Jul, 2017, 09:56

With a rebuilt bike, a full day free at the weekend and a multi-day event coming up, I needed to do a long training ride from my home in Glasgow. This was the ride. 80 miles in total.

Posted: Wed 03 May, 2017, 11:32

A relentless self-supported mountain bike event through some of the most remote parts of Cairngorms.

Posted: Wed 19 Oct, 2016, 14:40

A great 20+ mile round trip MTB route from the Limavady to Ballycarton and up to the top of Binevenagh.

Posted: Wed 24 Aug, 2016, 09:03

An unexpectedly gruelling bikepacking adventure going North to South on the Hebridean Way. 225 miles in total. In two and half days. In bad weather. Carrying all my kit to wild camp. Against the prevailing winds. And against the clock to catch the ferry home.

Posted: Wed 03 Aug, 2016, 18:32

Journal of an amazing bike ride up to Sampzon and on to Vallon in the Ardeche region of France.