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November 19th

Twitter. = awesome.
i found an account in the name of PDMBR  that had not been used since 2010.
less than an hour later,  and with only 3 emails,  Twitter transfered the account name to me.  so i now own  www.twitter.com/pdmbr

 

November 11th

Fox Hag.  definitely better DOWN than UP

 

November 9th

Peak District MTB committee  meeting
very positive.

 

November 4th

Rode for an hour,  to check out a new Bridleway i had spotted on the OS map.
Was NOT worth the hour

 

November 1st

Stepfest Chesterfield. 

an Awesome night

 

October 29th

Morning  ride with  https://www.facebook.com/groups/nottsmtboutlaws/

Over the Eastern Moor with  pop down the rabbit hole.

 

October 26th

Peak District MTB AGM 2017

 

 

October 25th

Review: Kenda Hellkat Pro

 

October 21st

Brilliant  MIAS Weekend.

9 successful new mountain bike leaders

 

October 20th

Boldadventures

 

September 29th

 

Back Up to Back Tor

 

September 28th

Packing light

Packing light

 

 

 

 

September 25th

Book Review

 

September 24th

 

 

 

September 15th

I fancied a night out in the tent again, i had bought a new rucksack (Osprey Escapist 25) and wanted to see how it felt on my back.   It packed well and this time i spoilt myself by taking my bedding roll as well  so  the total weight was 4.5kg (10lbs)  I had a destination in mind less than an hour ride from my  door, i wanted to sleep in woodland,  next to water.  so off i set.

 

 

September 3rd

 

Beginners MTB quick tips – Feet.

 

 

September 2nd

 

So you bought yourself a Mountain Bike, what next?

 

August 27th

 

More Wild,  less needed.

I have now written 2 posts about  wild camping on my  bike and in the past few months have learnt a few lessons  to make the process  easier.

Thought i would pass some on,

The first ride i packed what i thought i needed.

I packed a bedding roll. my sleeping bag, a bag liner,  waterproof coat and over trousers, dry socks, a dry jersey, 3litres of water, some wine, small bluetooth speaker, phone power bank,  7 inch tablet, os map and compass,  some midget gems and some packet chicken wings for supper

that plus tools, spare tube  etc   totaled over 16lbs,
when i picked it up it did not seem to heavy,  but after a few hours on the ride my back was in agony.
I slept this night in a stone hut, slept well.  and  dry.
next morning i rode back with a slightly lighter pack as i had drank and eaten all the food/wine etc  but i had  litter in the bag to carry.

I TOOK TOO MUCH STUFF

The second time out,  this time i have got a tent to carry,  but have

not got the powerbank,  speaker  etc.  plus the  food is now unpacked and  is wrapped in cling film, this lightens the load  and reduces the size amount of litter i have to deal with.

 

The bag now weight 11lbs,    and is a lot easier to carry.  i ride out onto the peaks and find some very soft  peat to pitch the tent on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third time.

By now I have worked out what is essential and what is desirable.

Tent – 800grams
Sleeping bag – 600grams
1 litre of water.
A new and impossibly light waterproof coat
No spare clothing.
A tiny water filter that will let me drink from streams or puddles
Less food.

I also do not take a bedding roll.  Peat is very soft so that to is not needed although I have added 28 grams for a thermarest neo air pillow just for comfort.

Even including taking the tablet to watch a movie. And tools tube etc  the whole lot weighs 3.6 kg or under 8lbs.

I could ride for hours now

Lessons for the future.

Buy a better rucksack.  The 22l one I use was designed for snow sports. It is very sweaty on my back. I could do with one that is cooler.  One that stands away from my back and has some airflow would improve the comfort.

Notes for others

I don’t drink hot drinks at all so have no need to carry a kettles or means of heating water and if I am only of for a day then I am happy with fruit and cold food.

Doing without the need for a breakfast bacon Sarnie and a coffee probably saves me 2kg

Think about what you actually need. And if it’s worth having it on your back for 5 hours!  Every thing I need now fits into the 22L bag with room to spare. One tip is to stuff your sleeping bag in loose. It will fill the spaces in the bag and take up less space than one on a stuff sack

There are still  6 or more weeks of warm weather left this year  and we could have an awesome October.    if you have been thinking about  wild camping on your bike,  feel free to drop me a line

MIni Mansell

www.pdmbr.co.uk

info@pdmbr.co.uk

 

August 23rd

 

A  great afternoon with a dozen young folk doing their  Gold DoE  with Boldadventures

 

August 21st

 

Over the past year i have been working my way through the 6 levels for MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructor association)  I am passionate about my  hobby and wanted to pass on this to others,  and to help them become  stronger  riders.  I have already  done this with a lot of beginner rides with the Barnsley Mountain bike Club  and the facebook group Coggers.

I had passed my Levels 1 2 and 3  which are for personal progression and ride leading  but wanted to gain a qualification that would allow me to train others to be ride leaders and coaches.

In order to achieve the tutor levels for Mias i needed to run a Level 1 and 2 course. I would be watched as i gave the course by an assessor who would either pass or fail me at level 4 or 5.

If i had passed at level 4, then my new qualification would allow me to train and assess up to Mias 1

If i had passed at level 5, then my new qualification would allow me to train and assess up to Mias 2.

Obviously i had my mind set on level 5.

 

I found 4 people who wanted training and where able to book onto the course, i paid for an assessor to come up for a weekend and i set about preparing for the course..   At that point, everything went dizzy. I developed a syndrome called Labyrinthisis, this is an inflamation of the inner ear, I could not stand upright for a week, could not focus on a computer screen and certainly could not ride a bike.

A great  frend,  “Nelder”  came to the rescue and did all the preparation required, he created documents, assembled handouts, and scheduled the weekend.  (He also took part on the course with me and we where jointly assessed)

 

Saturday morning we met the group and assessor (keith) at a pretty cafe where we had breakfast and then spent the next 4 hours going through the classroom based activities that are required for the course candidates.  This covered  the legal aspects of MTB Leading and coaching,  Risk assessments, Conservation and Access, Bike set up,  and much more.
The aim of the course is to ensure that those who  i pass,  are able to safely take a group out for a ride,  navigate,and deal with anything that could  occur on the ride

Saturday lunch we set of for what is the level 1  aspect of the ride.  This should be canal towpaths, cinder trails  etc  the sort of ride that you would take a beginner for a few hours. As the grouo where stronger riders we went a little further and got some awesome photo’s on Stannage Edge.

During this  ride  the candidates  are asked to  give some coaching sessions,   coach gear usage,  body management, track stands,  etc. It was great to see them  do this, and it was interesting to see which clearly had some coaching experience prior to the course as they where able to break down the tasks and explain a lot clearer.

We went over some coaching techniques  and  everyone got to  give a 2nd coaching session later that ride.

The general feedback was very positive. It felt  good to hear the compliments on how the course was going.

 

Sunday Morning we met again and the group where given an Ordinance Survey map with 8 points marked on it.

The aim of the sunday is that  the group take it in turn to lead the ride.  They are responsible for navigation, group management and safety  etc. This was there the weakness in their knowledge began to show up. While most people can follow a map  to drive somewhere not all can take a back bearing,  or set a route to follow using only map, compass and terrain.

We stopped a few times to go over this and by the end of the ride the whole group  demonstrated competance and confidence with their navigation skills.

We also had a mock accident  and the group where asked to manage the situation.   They did this perfectly.  Which was great to see.

One of the guys bikes had a few minor breakdowns so we also got to practice mountain mechanics.

 

The weather was perfect for us all.  The sun shone and the ride was a pleasure.

 

When we got back  the group where asked to get themselves a coffee while we did their paperwork  and discussed with assessor their results, i was confident when i stated  everyone had passed and keith agreed.   We filled in their log books,  congratulated them on their  passing and took some  really nice feedback.

After they had left  Keith  told Nelder and I that we had acheved level 5 status and where now licenced to train and assess.   WOOO HOOO

 

Personal  notes for myself.

 

The group where strong and confident riders  and as the ride flowed i found myself leading at a speed that was maybe not appropriate given that they where on a course not a lads ride. I needed to be more aware of this for future courses  

  

Hey,  everyday is a schoolday

 

EO-MTB  next.    This is the pan European qualification which will allow me to coach and lead across Europe.

 

www.peakdistrictmountainbikeriding.co.uk

www.pdmbr.co.uk

 

Mini Mansell

 

 

 

August 19th

Another  night ride and wild camp.  i think i have found my happy place

 

 

August 18th

Feeling frustrated. had a nice ride with Adam from  Primalfitlab,  but the  residue from the inner ear infection is still there,  it can feel it actively holding me back from just letting it go on descents.   I hope this feeling goes away soon

 

August 14th

A lovely  ride out into the peaks with a group  from Coggers

https://www.relive.cc/view/1131481844

August 11th

A dream has been to ride out for a few hours and not come back.
Certainly not straight back anyway. It’s possible in the peaks and really easy to to with the ownership of s bivvi bag.
Unfortunately the weather has been terrible of late so sleeping in a dry bin bag when everything you are wearing is soaked does not hold the same romantic image in my mind as the Same ride when dry.
After pouring over the OS map and visiting in daylight the birdwatching hut at alport towers seemed a dry if slightly naughty overnight destination.
A chat with a fellow mountain bike rider mentioned a nicer place to bed down for the night.
 
The ride involves some tarmac around ladybower, and then 2 hours of filthy climb through mud so deep my wheels struggled to spin through the forks.
 
it truely was the hardest ride i have ever had. the climb was horrible,
 
definitely type 2 fun
 
 
the overnight was spot on, a VERY isolated shed with a table and a couple of chairs. It was bone dry so my sleeping bag and bedding roll where opened out on the table and that was bed for the night.
i cracked open the tiny bottle of red wine i had packed to celebrate and the chicken salad i had brought for supper.
 
all in all a wonderful way to spend an evening.
Soaked. covered in mud. in the pitch dark. and happy happy HAPPY.
8am i woke, a nice easy downhill to a bacon sarnie, a drive home and a shower.
 
i WILL be doing this again. many many times
 
 

 

August 11th

Off out to the peaks for a solo  night ride with a bivvi bag to finish it.

 

 

August 10th

Shop ride with EMR,  the  Labyrinthitis is not  gone yet,  randomly fell over twice.

 

 

August 5/6th

Given a 2 day course  training 3 great lads to be MIAS level 2 MTB leaders. I was assessed while giving this course  and as a result  am now qualified to  MIAS Level 5.

I cant  say just how proud i feel right now.

Saturdays ride https://www.relive.cc/view/1119121976

Sundays ride  https://www.relive.cc/view/1120230676

 

July

 

I have been   quiet lately,       google for  http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/labyrinthitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx    to see the reason.   a horrible feeling.

 

 

 

 

 

A Busy couple of weeks,   lots of riding  and an evening helping deal with an injured rider discovered on the trail

 

 

 

Tuesday 30th May

Westwood, Chapeltown

Recce location for Beginners technical skills course

 

 

Saturday 20th May

Greno woods for Peaties Steel City Downhill.

Find me for a coggers sticker

 

 

Friday May 12th

A Long day working, i was ready to put my feet up when i got a call to go ride Cannings.
Met up with a couple of new riders and spend the next few hours coaching.  Very happy with the outcomes
  

Tuesday May 9th

A drive over to LLandegla on Monday evening  and a night in the quietest campsite on the planet was  followed today by my MIAS Level 3 assessment.

BABOOM.

 Passed.

 

Wednesday May 3rd

What felt like a very successful meeting with a great business owner in Hope.  I am confident it will lead to a long and fruitful association that will benefit us both, and hopefully a lot of riders

 

Wednesday May 3rd

Charlie, a typical 10yr old with a major ipad addiction and a nice home mainly surrounded by tarmac or flat grass  came to me today for some private coaching.

He had a bike that needed some setting up, the seat height was far too low and his brakes didnt work.

The brakes where a simple fix but he HATED the seat at the right height, was scared when he could not touch the floor.
We went through mounting, dismounting, use of brakes, and use of gears and headed off to the wilds of lady Cannings 

An hour or so later, 

 

He WILL be back