Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

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

Holyland MTB Challenge

By Paul Errington
29, Apr, 2014

10 days,1300 km and temperatures reaching 40ºC

So what an experience HLC was!!! I am still blown away by it all and it went way beyond my expectations, physically and emotionally very draining but ultimately very rewarding. With temperatures tipping over 40 degrees in heat of day and up to 120km between water stops the 10 days has seen me race my way across Israel as part of the HolyLand MTB Challenge event. It offered a physical and mental challenge with such huge variety in terrain but with welcome consistency in the welcoming nature of everyone we met in Israel. 

Just a very special journey that I look forward to trying to capture in words, as I start a series of blogs over the forthcoming weeks that I hope will encapsulate the whole experience as acurately as possible.  

To kick things off I can look back at how I got prepared. Strangely it was to be on two ski's rather than two wheel's as I trained for the massive Birken Ski race. This, however, was to end in dissapointment as they cancelled the event on the morning of the race. I soon overcame this by quickly refocussing on a new challenge, one which soon quashed all plans of staying firmly in the UK this year. As soon as I had signed up for the Holyland MTB Challenge it was Preperation Time

Running through what I felt to be essential for this new bike packing adventure. As with every event I've done, I find each one leading me along this "Process of Constant Refinement"


 

  • Google+

In pictures

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

Related Deeds

Highland Trail 550 - 2019
“Its not worth drowning to get free fish and chips” Alan Goldsmith
In Daring Deeds
Body, Bike, Mind and Me: Part 2
Exploring mindfulness on the Highland Trail 550
In Daring Deeds
Body, Bike, Mind and Me
Exploring mindfulness on the Highland Trail 550
In Daring Deeds
Reccying The Dales Divide
The first one round the Dales Divide
In Daring Deeds
Lisbon to Malaga: A Bikepacking Adventure
Bikepacking from Lisbon to Malaga
In Daring Deeds

News

Ireland To Asia: A Year On My Bike
Tales from Sean Hoban's journey to Asia
In News
Alpkit Adventure Weekender
Join us in store for an adventure filled weekend
In News
Teuchters on Tour
Fundraising cycle trip
In News
Silk Road Mountain Race
An unsupported bikepacking race in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
In News
What’s in store bank holiday weekend?
Make the most of this Bank Holiday
In News

Develop

New UK Made Bikepacking Bag Range
UK-made bike luggage shifts up a cog
In 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
2 new Sonder bikes
2 new bikes set to join Sonder
In Develop

Spotlight

Mountain Marathon Tips and Advice
Mountain Marathon tips and kit from the AK team
In Spotlight
Wild Camping Tips and Kit List
The guide to getting it right when camping out
In Spotlight
The Highland Trail 550 2019
Stu Taylor returns to the Highland Trail
In Spotlight
Long Distance Bikepacking: Highland Trail 550 Packing List
Pete McNeil tells us how to pack for endurance bikepacking events
In Spotlight
Rehydrating your dehydrated camping food
Boil water fast, our camping stoves compared
In Spotlight

Kudos

Sign up to AlpCol's Espresso

Espresso is Col's newsletter sharing tales of Go Nice Places Do Good Things.

CLOSE

By adding your email you consent to our terms and conditions