Cycle Budda Life Ep3

Ryburn Valley High School Two Day Mini Tour

This month a school in Calderdale, Ryburn Valley High School required my assistance in leading a two day mountain bike tour.  The students were from Year 7 and Year 8 and are part of the Ryburn Adventure Tour Cycle Club that Mr Duffy has set up at the school.

The students set off from their school Friday afternoon and stopped at the Vandals Rugby Club House.  The rides were about 20 miles in length each day and included some very big hills.

The kids were amazing and supported each other through the whole event.  You can see the two routes here Day 1 / Day 2.  The weather was amazing for  the whole trip.  A few images below.


North Halifax Grammar School Coast to Coast Ride

We are in the third year of running our coast 2 coast school fund raising ride.  Each year so far we have raised over £10,000 for the school.  This year we are doing the Way of the Roses route which is 170 miles in length.  The students carry their own gear and cook their own food on single burner stoves.  If you would like to support their ride in the way of a donation please click on the link to the money giving website.  Please share the link with like minded souls.

Cycle Budda Life Ep2


After the high winds and freezing temperatures of last week we had a bit of a mixture of weather this week as you can see from the pictures.

My Surly commuter bike needed some work and was not rideable because of the amount of salt that had gone down on the roads.  It had stiffened up the cables and it was not changing gear.  I do try to give the bikes a swill down after a commute but it is sometimes a bit difficult.  The bolt on the Rohloff cable guide had snapped so that is with keep pedalling in Manchester getting some TLC.  If you are after a really nice bike for touring, commuting, adventure and messing about in the mud and snow these guys have a good selection and sound advice.

As the Surly was not playing out I had to use the carbon Tarmac and when it was snowing I thought it might be a bit of trouble, but it just rode as normal.  Whilst or the cars were slipping and sliding around my 23mm slicks just rode straight on by without a single worrying moment.  Just makes you think that people pay thousands of pounds on 4×4 cars just to have the same snow capability of a £500 bicycle.  Strange World!got a

Project Bike

I have a Cannodale CADDX that had got a bit scruffy from riding back from Spain and a few Coast 2 Coast rides so it got a new paint job and it is coming on.  Purple frame.  SOMA Sparrow bars and Brooks saddle.  It is going look really good when complete.  The bars came this week.  £34 off eBay.

Coast to Coast

I have arranged for forty two students to ride the coast to coast from Morecambe to Bridlington.  They are carrying their own gear and cooling their own food.  They are raising money for their school.  Last year and the year before they rasied over 10k each ride.  That is a massive amount of money for a bike ride to raise but we would love to do better this year.  If you would like to donate please click on this link.

Here to Help

I may be able to assist you in the following ways:

  1. You want to dust off your old bike and commute to work but want to build up some confidence.
  2. You would like a guided tour around Calderdale/Yorkshire.
  3. You want help setting up a local cycle club.
  4. You want to set up and host a cycle fund raising activities/event.

e-mail me at and we can talk about your cycling requirements.  No harm in asking to see what we can do!

Upcoming Rides, Tours and Fundraising

The next few cycling escapades in order of completion include:

April 3rd – April 5th:  I will be undertaking my Advanced Mountain Bike Leader Award.  I already hold the Multi Day Tour Leader Award which is suitable for long tours on the road.  Being able to confidently take groups off the tarmac and into some beautiful, peaceful countryside is the main advantage and incentive of holding the Advanced MTB Award.  Both awards have been led and organised by Cycling UK (CTC).


May 26th 2018 – May 29th 2018:  Coast to Coast ride (Way of the Roses) with a small group of teenagers.  This will be about twenty young kids tackling the 170 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington.

July 15th 2018 – July 18th 2018:  Coast to Coast ride (Way of the Roses) with NHGS.  Forty one students will be riding to raise money for their school.  Please donate here  For information on the route click this link:

July 21st 2018 – July 23rd 2018:  I will be doing the 98 mile off road West Highland Way.  For this trip I will be travelling light and doing some proper bikepack bivvying 🙂  You can find information from the official site here.


July 28th 2018 – August 13th 2018:  Cycle tour of the first half of the river Danube.  Starting in the Black Forest of Germany and ending 1300km later in Budapest, Hungary.  This is the offical site for the route.


As I do the routes I will be blogging more frequently to inform you of the cycling to inspire ideas and trips of your own.