Summer Will Return

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Summer may feel like its a very long way away, however the motivation to get out now is still there. Helps that it’s hardly been cold down here on the South coast! Wishing you a good weekend of riding with buddies and getting those miles in.

Merry Christmas from OTB

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Well it’s that time of year again and I’m sure most of you are with friends and family. Hopefully you were good and santa delivered everything you asked for. Once you have eaten that massive meal, marinaded yourself in booze and opened all your presents boredom can quickly set in. Sure you can have a heated debate with your uncle about how the conservatives are ruining everything or make small talk about why you haven’t got a proper job yet with your mum but why not try doing these 5 things instead:

  1. Go for a bike ride! Try out that new helmet or gloves (or bike if you are really lucky). It was wet but very warm out there earlier and the beach in Brighton was covered in great flotsam and jetsam.
  2. Watch the new amazing Inspired to Ride film all about the Trans America Race (from the makers of Ride the Divide). You could watch it on your new tablet while sipping some sherry.
  3. Did you get some chocolates? Put one on your forehead and try and get it into your mouth without using your hands. Lots of slippery face moisturiser or sweat may help.
  4. Find some new music or introduce your family and friends to some that you love. I highly recommend Baroness and their new album Purple which is more than excellent. Listen to the cracker of a song Kerosene for a taster.
  5. Drink too much booze, eat all the snacks and dips and fall asleep on the sofa snoring.

What ever you do enjoy and hopefully see you out on your bikes soon.

China on two wheels and through a lens. Part Two. LKLM fun.

First of all I would like to say thanks for the positive feedback on my first post and now that I’ve introduced myself to the OTB viewers I promise that the future posts will not be so heavy on the reading!
Having spent around two weeks living in the LKLM dormitory I thought it was about time I made another entry to OTB, I really didn’t plan to stay in Shenzhen city anywhere near as long as I have but due to the riding scene and the good friends I have here the time has flown by! Since my last post me and the LKLM crew have been on two major rides out to the mountains that surround Shenzhen and one road trip to Feng shun which is about a four hour drive to enter in a 168km enduro event.

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A short afternoon ride to Ji Gong mountain in Longgang district surrounding Shenzhen.
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1. LKLM crew after a big feast and 5 bottles of rice wine.
2 to 5. Testing some new bikes and other LKLM toys! A summit view and a brief stop at the mountain spring.The bike in the final photo is a prototype for next years range, lugged frame and forks is a new look for LKLM and the attention to detail going in to next years range is looking good.

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An 86km lap around Longgang district.
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1. Annie is a friend and local rider in Shenzhen who I have known for a little while, as I was in Shenzhen we met up for a cruise around some of the parks in central Shenzhen. Annie is full of life and loves almost any sporting activity! She is a strong and independent young girl who is a perfect example of “The modern Chinese girl!” Nice to see you Annie and hope you have a fantastic time in America!
2 + 3. Leaving LKLM HQ at 06:30 and heading for the mountains.
4. The meeting point at the foot of the mountains, quick breakfast and on with the climb.
5. Looking back down from about 3/4s of the way up, sadly as you reached the summit of this climb the road became hidden behind the trees.
6. A few games of Mah zhong whilst waiting for lunch to be cooked.
7. The descent was an enjoyable one with plenty of switchbacks.
8. The South China Sea! Having lived in Mainland China now for a while its been almost three years since I last saw the coast! I hadn’t noticed just how much I missed this part of my upbringing until I saw it again!

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Fengshun 168km Enduro Event.
A four hour drive East from Shenzhen takes you to a place called Meizhou, surrounding Meizhou there are lots of small towns nestled amongst some beautiful mountain scenery! Arriving at our destination we took a quick tour around the park to find the start line and then drove around town until we found a suitable camping spot! A half built house was perfect for us, unpack the car, rebuild the bikes and get the hotpot blazing! A dinner of lotus root, ribs and pigs feet stew before a few shots of rice wine and off to bed for an early night. Not the best camping spot due to heavy trucks rumbling past throughout the night but slept through until 6am then cruised our way down to the start line before sunrise. A fantastic day with lots of pedalling, eating and laughter! Being one of the few foreigners on the course I even got interviewed for the local news broadcast, quite an experience! Too funny!
Thanks to LKLM for hooking us up with this trip, it will not be forgotten!
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1. Fully loaded car, 5 bikes, 5 dudes and a shit load of pigs feet.
2. Arriving at our destination, checking out the start line.
3. Hot pot of pigs feet and ribs.
4. Old wolf stoked on his camping location.
5. Early morning mountains as the sun burns through the clouds, first climb of the day.
6. Cruising through some mountain towns.
7. A cheesy photo for the local TV broadcasters.
8. Starting the second climb of the day.
9. About 80km in a young Chinese girl still has enough energy for a casual pose.
10. Lunch stop, xiao long bao, minced pork and soup inside a bread ball with soya been milk.
11. Granny is not impressed.
12. Stocking up on Redbull.
13. A group of girls wearing the traditional minority clothing wait at the summit of the third climb to cheer you on!
14. Back in the river basin.
15. The final descent with about 25km left to go.

Today is Monday 9th of November, I plan to get back on the road on Wednesday after my long rest with LKLM. There will be a few weeks to wait for the next update so stay posted!
Thanks again guys,
Nathan.
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Video – WHITE CHALK HILLS UCX 2014 – 27th December

Plan to eat too many mince pies this Christmas? What better way to burn it off than 47 miles of the South Downs on a cyclocross bike. Check after the break for more details and how to enter. This looks right up my street and a postcard will be winging its way with me hoping for a place.  Continue reading

2 World Records, one night? Must be the Velo Cafe again


The Velo Cafe Brighton is fast becoming the go to destination for events in Brighton. It only seems that it opened the other day but the list of events and support for our community keeps growing.

Tomorrow night they are showing the live stream of Jens Voigt hour record attempt plus a talk from round the world record holder Julian Sayarer. Click More to see the details. Continue reading

Flare Clothing Seek Female Racers for Sponsorship

Are you a racer and would like the opportunity to be supported to do what you love? Flare Clothing are looking for people to join them. Their website says:

2015 is gearing up to be an exciting year for Flare – and we want you to be a part of it.

We are searching for female racers of any age and any discipline to join our friendly, fun loving team.

Our aim is to sponsor riders who show a real passion and commitment to the sport, but that’s not all… we are looking for rad ladies who share our special ‘Flare’ mentality; who always gives it their all, who shred up the trails and most importantly, love nothing more than chilling out with mates over a cold beverage at the end of a long hard session (just like we do!).

Thanks to Lois at the Velo Cafe for making us aware of this!

Interview with Jim Barrow, Local MTB Skills Coach, Ride Guide & Cake Connoisseur

Jim Barrow has been a big part of the cycling community within Sussex for longer than most people I know have been riding bikes. You can find him fixing bikes, leading group rides as well as teaching people MTB skills. He also had a life changing accident that at times, left Jim wondering if he would ever ride a bike again. I caught up with Jim recently to find out how he was getting on and to talk about his MTB Skills courses that I’m sure most of us could benefit from. Continue reading