Escaping the Capitol: Great Falls Park, Virginia

, June 3, 2015

Founded in 1790 on the Potomac River, Washington DC has it all. The city booms with life as congressmen walk the steps of the Capitol, tourists explore the Smithsonian, the President hosts foreign emissaries and students party it up in Georgetown. However, when the weekend comes around locals and foreigners alike might be inclined to escape the city limits in search of tranquility and adventure. While these two concepts might appear contradictory Great Falls National Park caters for both those who want to simply relax in the wilderness, and for those who want to break a sweat or two.

Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore

, May 22, 2015

Tucked away in the heart of the Cairngorms, Badaguish Outdoor Centre offers accommodation in a secluded forest setting near Aviemore. Spacious chalet-style buildings are complemented by well equipped wigwams and … Read more

Springhill Farm Bunkhouse

, May 21, 2015

On a trip racing in Wales I stayed at Springhill Farm Bunkhouse with 25 mountain bikers from the University of Edinburgh.  The self-catered bunkhouse is part of a renovated cottage … Read more

Mountain Biking Trails in Moab, Utah

, May 2, 2015

Last week I was in Moab, Utah for two days and I decided to check out some of the legendary trails they have on offer. As I was on my own and I don’t have any experience of riding around Moab I decided to go on a half day guided ride with Rim Tours. Although I don’t know the Moab are I am an experienced rider and I was keen to experience the harder trails on offer, this meant booking and advanced level tour. As it is fairly uncommon for advanced riders to hire guides I was the only client. Despite making the tour more expensive it meant that I had my guide Dave all to myself and we were able to really push my riding.

Georgia – An Undiscovered Paradise

, March 19, 2015

Nestled between a developing Russia, a growing world economy in the form of Turkey, a diplomatically awkward Iran, and fellow Caucasus neighbours Armenia and oil-rich Azerbaijan, Georgia faces a political tightrope to maintain stability after a turbulent past, when it seceded from the smoldering remains of the USSR in 1991. However, despite the stereotypes of Eastern-bloc and former Soviet republics, Georgia embodies a distinctly European feel.

American High School Mountain Biking

, February 3, 2015

[wr_row][wr_column span=”span12″][wr_text] Over the last fifty years, the US has perfected the art of broadcasting team sport through motion pictures and TV series. At the high school level, big hits, sweathearts … Read more

Highland Perthshire Stage Enduro

, May 6, 2013

A new and exciting cycling festival, not too far from the muddy fields of Balado, has sprung up around Perth on the East of Scotland. The kickoff event for the Highland Perthshire cycling festival, before a week of packed activities, was the Highland Perthshire Enduro.

X-Scotland Mountain Bike Epic

, August 28, 2012

It all started with a phone call in the dark depths of the Scottish winter. Fed up with the snow on the ground, fellow MJ blogger, Richard Lawes had got an itch he had to scratch. Richard had devised a plan to carryout a proper mountain bike expedition, spanning several days and taking in some varied terrain. After agreeing on some dates and penning them in the diary the maps came out.

The Columbia Hellrider 2012

, July 22, 2012

The Columbia Hellrider returned to West Wycombe Park on saturday 2nd June. After a successful inaugural running last year, the 8 hour off road duathlon was back and ready to … Read more

British National MTB Cross Country Series

, March 31, 2012

The British National MTB Cross Country Series kicked off on Sunday at the standard season opening course – Sherwood Pines in the East Midlands. The flat course consisted of large chunks of tight singletrack interspersesed with short fire road sections. A different course to that used in previous years seemed to divide opinions amongst riders. With no big features along the course, there is little to get stuck into or to get too excited about. Whatever you say about the lack of gradient and the tame technical features, it’s a difficult course to ride fast and it promotes very tight racing.