Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

Daring Deeds - real stories, expeditions, road trips and adventure

Another Climber turned mountain biker

By Ben Meakin
25, Mar, 2015

Discovering some Peak District Trails

In March last year I went over on my ankle dropping off the top of a bouldering wall. At first I was told I had badly sprained it but I was later to find out I had ripped the cartilage and crumpled a small part of my bone. Up until now I have had two operations trying to fix the problems and fingers crossed I'm on my way back. 

Last years climbing wasn't the most productive year due to being scared of damaging my ankle more. But I still managed to boulder 7C+, lead 8a and fit in a E6, I can’t complain really...

At the moment I'm still recovering from my operation in December. I have started training again so lots of fingerboarding, campusing and rings action so I'm in shape for the summer and ongoing projects. I have been given the green light to start biking; sadly Nick heard about this and put my name down for the Welsh Ride Thing (WRT). For people who don't know, it’s a self supported bike ride lasting 3 days and two nights. The only down side, I don't bike at all, I don't even own a bike !!! This is going to be hard. 

I need to do some training... fast. So at the weekend Kenny and myself went out into the Peak for an easy ride to start the ball rolling. We did the Bradwell loop starting in Hope, the ride was 21 km going up and down a very beautiful part of the Peak. We set off at a good speed which was very quickly stopped when I (not Kenny) got to the first hill, we were not even 3 km in and I was feeling it. The ride went up to Shatton Moor, it felt like the longest hill in the world, each time we turned the corner it just keeps on going. I did not want to show it but I was hurting and was gritting my teeth hard. When it eventually ended my legs felt well used and they were burning like hell. But the next part was worth it, a small down hill section into Bradwell. Next up was Pin Dale, its a hill, with the trailcovered in small limestone rocks. I tried my best to keep up with Kenny but it was just too much and I resorted to pushing. I didn't feel too bad because behind me were two other guys doing the same. At the top Kenny was ready with camera in hand to catch the moment with a grin on his face.

The last part of the ride was up Dirtlow Rake and down the Limestone Way. I biked half way down until it became too steep and I chickened out and got off. The bike I was using had a dropper seat post so on the downhill parts I felt pro, but I didn't look like it. It was more like a controlled fall down the hills. As we entered Hope at the end, we could see the pie shop and we had earned a well deserved snack. The best part was that my ankle felt good all the way round, it means I'm doing the WRT !!   

Later on this year we are bringing out our own range of bikes and I was lucky to test one out with some new developed bike luggage. All I can say is it's a very exciting time at Alpkit HQ with lots of new products. 
 

  • Google+

In pictures

  ben meakin bike luggage bikepacking bikes mountain biking sonder

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

Related Deeds

Yak Attack 2017: The Sound of Silence
Yak Attack 2017 mountain bike race
In Daring Deeds
Microadventures: Part one
Reflecting on a year of microadventures
In Daring Deeds
A Winter’s Training Tale Part 1
Hero training with the Sonder Gurus
In Daring Deeds
Blindly Seeking Sunshine… and Zeus…
Bikepacking the Greek Isles
In Daring Deeds
Biking in the Blood
Customer Story
In Daring Deeds

News

2017 TGO Reader Award winners
Winners of TGO awards announced
In News
2018 Ticket Release Radar
Tickets for some exciting events in 2018 are now available
In News
We’ve Moved! But not that far…
Our UK Factory grows
In News
Hathersage School of Adventure Courses
Join us for Adventures in Hathersage
In News
MTB Marathon Round 4
The Final Instalment
In News

Develop

Sonder Evol: Q&A with Bike Guru Neil
Sonder's new 140mm trail bike
In Develop
The low-down on Polygiene™
Wear more, wash less: you can't get simpler than that!
In Develop
UK-made climbing packs
Developing Ibex and Chamois
In Develop
Branching out with the Rando Range
New welded bike luggage
In Develop
2 new Sonder bikes
2 new bikes set to join Sonder
In Develop

Spotlight

What a Difference a Day Makes
What can you fit into the Bank Holiday?
In Spotlight
Top Spots: Hathersage Haunts
What to do whilst you're here
In Spotlight
Tweedlove 2017: In at the Deep End
New event go-er Talyn’s intro to Mountain Biking
In Spotlight
A Boulder Construction
Tough UK made bouldering
In Spotlight

Kudos

Explore Alpkit

adventure
adventure racing
adventure travel
alpine climbing
backpacking
ballooning
big shakeout
big wall climbing
bike touring
bikepacking
biking
bivvying
bothying
bouldering
bushcraft
camping
canoeing
canyoning
caving
climbing
clothing
coasteering
cooking
cross country skiing
cycle touring
cycletouring
cycling
deep water soloing
dry tooling
duke of edinburgh
endurance
endurance racing
expedition
fat bikes
fat biking
fell running
film making
hiking
hill walking
hillwalking
ice climbing
kayaking
micro adventure
microadventure
mountain biking
mountaineering
munro round
night running
open water
open water swimming