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Robert Thorpe - Editorial

Robert Thorpe - Editorials 

It's about time I took time to step away from the managerial seat and got back to writing. For one thing, it'll give me an excuse to get out riding more, and that can't be a bad thing! 

I regard myself as a lucky person. I have a great and understanding family (who allow me time to explore on bike and rock), I have great friends, most of whom ride or climb, and I live on the edge of both the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorks Moors. Having also lived in the Peaks and the Lakes I have been immersed into some of the most sublime countryside in the UK. For me, being on a bike amidst such scenery, on road or trail, is like breathing. No, it is breathing; it's the blood that flows through me and the energy that powers my soul. 

Our existince is temporal and so I suppose that we owe a duty to be explorers, to drive forward, to turn the cranks and to ride into the unknown. We've certainly done that a few times when seeking out new routes. 'We get lost so that you don't have to' being the motto. We even discovered 'mountainbikeneering' along way - just ask my friend Garry!

Whilst society gets evermore complex and technical, the humble bicycle remains a constant. I feel as if my limbs are complete when I attach myself to one. To be able to lose myself in a state of mind which seems removed from the complexities around me. This is why I write and why I ride.

I have no choice. It's simply my inner soul speaking to me and telling me to pedal further and to explore beyond the limits of both the visual and physical. 

During the next year or so I want to explore more about what the humble double triangle frame and wheels means to peole around the world and how it connects our various cultures and lives. And in doing so, I'm quite certain it'll make me a better cyclist along the way.

Race to the Rain

Joining my friend, former Tour of Britain winner Geoffroy Lequatre, we planned to ride the Paris Nice Challenge, the day before the 'Race to the Sun'finale in Nice. However, the rain had different plans for us...

The Great Debate: Bikes versus Walkers

I recently learned that on the famous Kinder Scout Mass Trespass some 84 years ago, cyclists also went along to campaign for greater access. How then did we arrive a situation where such conflict exists between ramblers and mountain bikers...

Finding My Silver Lining

I saw a blue sky recently. It's been one of those long winters where you don't see too many. Packing the bike, I headed for Nidderdale ... only to be met by wind and sleet on arrival

Editorial January 2016 - The First Ride

Admit it, it's a struggle to get motivated after the long Christmas and New Year break. Editor, Robert Thorpe writes about his own thoughts on getting the cranks turning once more 

Editorial January 2016 - A Metric 100

It was time to really get the cranks turning. My cousin, Ian, had inspired me with a recent article, so all that remained was some work by me...If I was to get one a month for 2016, I'd better srtat now