Cornwall isn’t really known for an abundance of trails but there are some good ones around, the most well known here in the far west being the Poldice Valley, this one however is also rather good and traverses almost the whole of west Penwith, high across the moors with views of the Atlantic on both sides. At this time of year riding it is an activity at times more akin to bog snorkelling than cycling.. tyres crunching through the mantle of ice on the deep, sloppy mud … good fun. It’s quite technical in spots and a cyclocross bike is an ideal tool… It’s rare that I can be bothered to take a camera with me riding locally but it was such a fabulous, clear and cold day that I stuffed a knackered old compact in my pocket.. just in case… perhaps I should more often.
high on the moors of West Penwith
with some terrific views to the Atlantic..
a really fine, cold winter’s day.
my Surly Crosscheck and Ash’s rather nice Ritchey Swiss Cross..
the mud is axle-deep in spots requiring a short carry
the area is dotted with neolithic standing stones and stone circles dating back some 4500 years.
they make good bike parking in an area otherwise devoid of vertical things taller than 6 inches … I’m secretly envious of the Swiss Cross, it’s a really lovely steel frame.
I’ve just fitted some 41C Surly Knards to my bike, not surprisingly they’re a great match for the Crosscheck.. lots of volume to reinforce the ‘beat the crap out of it’ nature of the bike, and the performance is far better than the amazingly cheap £20 price tag would suggest. Perfect knocking about rubber… but definitely not a race tyre and you’ll need some wider rims. I’ve got quite heavy but utterly bombproof Rigida Sputniks on this bike.
It’s just sinking in that today is the last day of 2014. It was a good year. I hope yours was too… and Happy New Year for 2015!