Saturday, 10 September 2011

Friday, 9 September 2011

My brother's road atlas..legendary

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I want one of these tents...


Thursday, 8 September 2011

Climbing hangar, Liverpool

Restaurant is now open! Last orders at 9.

No 1 Kielder 100 on a singlespeed - Steve the first Mule in every sense..


Happy grubby victorious Mule..
Pics by JoolzeDymond

(Steve Day became the first and original Mule when we met at MuleBar's first outing - the TranScotland in 2007)

Last time I tackled Kielder, 2 years ago, it was cold and damp. But at least it didn’t rain/drizzle constantly for the whole ride like it did this year. It started during the rider briefing on Friday night & I don’t think it stopped until the prize giving on Saturday! At least it was a bit warmer than 2 years ago & the rain kept the midges away.

The race started at 6.30 with a slow lead-out , but quickly hotted up once we hit the fireroads. The first 25 miles flew by as a group of similar speed riders were together. Being on a singlespeed I was catching up & passing on the climbs and then being left to play catch-up again after the long fireroad descents where there was no point in trying to stay with the geared bikes. After the first proper feed station things started to string out a little more, until by the 50-mile mark I was pretty much riding on my own. I knew I must be quite close to the front due to the small number of mountain bike tyre tracks visible on the ground. At the 50-mile cut-off it was clear that a lot of people were already suffering – lots of action on the marshals radio regarding people that had already pulled out after only 4 hours riding. The going was also grinding brake pads away pretty quickly. Some of the trails must have been pretty horrible by the time a few hundred riders had been through them too.

At the Scottish border we were greeted by the traditional piper – and this time there wasn’t any fog and it almost looked like the sun was trying to break through – unfortunately it never appeared and the drizzle continued. The singletrack around Newcastleton was great again and took the mind off of the burning legs – as did the massive chunk on caramel shortcake and luke warm cuppa at the Newcastleton food stop. Back on the trails again and new brake pads were required before leaving the Newcastleton trails with both front and rear disappearing at the same time!

On the way back across the border there were some long fireroads and some sharp climbs and long stretches of time when the only person I saw was the odd marshal, making this as tough a mental challenge as physical. It was all coming good though when with 2.5miles to go the marshals told me I was the first singlespeed through – what a buzz… and it was looking like I would achieve my target of 10-hours to complete the course.

I eventually rolled across the line at 9hrs 43mins 15 seconds (an hour faster than last time too) and was confirmed as first singlespeed rider & gained myself free entry to next years event. Roll on 2012…

Via arboreata?

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Top den: enter at your peril!

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Watch out!

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Josep's Labyrinth

The woods are full of wicker tunnels like the towers. Tell me where this adventure is!

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questars Cotswold Hills race report

questars final round took place on "the western ridge of the Cotswold hills,  commanding panoramic views. From the highest point on the course you can see the Malvern Hills, the Black Mountains and into mid Wales and across the Midlands Plain. There are lots of options during the trail run and mountain biking stages - whether to stay low and enjoy the Cotswold countryside or aim high for the views. Kayaking will be on a delightful stretch of the scenic River Avon."


The event was variously described by participants in their post-race feedback as:
· 'a fantastic event - great course, great atmosphere, great people!'
· 'fun, challenging and very worthwhile'
· 'a brilliant day out. Exploring new terrain with good views - great fun.'
· 'fun, energetic, fulfilling, great value event'
· or simply ' funtabitastic!'






Safely down...


Down, down, down..

Race to the Pole about to abseil the Lloyds Building


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MuleBar Tasting session

We are rocking up to the Climbing Hangar in Liverpool tonight betwen 6-9 for a free tasting session.
Come along and say hi if you are in the area!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

The Mules bellowing Danny on..

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Monday, 5 September 2011

Mule Mike masters Circus of Dirt...


King of Air Mike wins round 5 by 4 minutes after 1,668 metres of climbing!
"On the last lap I think a Lemon Zinger Mule gel just about saved my life"

Danny Hart nailing the competition by 12 seconds

Smooth aint the word!

More Photos from Eurobike last week