Dorset Gravel Dash – ride review and article by Cycling UK

The Dorset Gravel Dash Here is a snippet of Sam Jones’s article, at Cycling UK, from his experience of riding the Dorset Gravel Dash bike ride in 2018. For the whole article follow the link. This 100-mile organised off-road ride through West Country hills, with camping and feasting took place at 9am on a May morning, the beer garden of the Red …

The MTB Marathon Series of 2016 review

The 2016 Scott MTB Marathon Series kicks off with Round 1 on the 10th of April at Builth Wells. It promises to be a cracking event, held in the organisers back yard.  Although no strangers to MTB marathon events, the Pedal Planner team have never ridden this venue before, so we are really looking forward to it.   Last year we rode the 3rd round at …

Have a go at FUNduro!

If you wanted to avoid all mention of enduro in the world of Mountain biking this year you would be hard pushed.  Great as it is to see the UK’s Tracy Moseley doing so well and to be inspired by her and the other hugely talented competitors in the World Enduro Series (WES), the reality of pointing your bike down a super-steep and technical descent, …

Your Essential Guide to Cycling Festivals

Summer’s here: and so’s the cycling festival season The weather is warming-up, the evenings are longer, and we’re all hunting for our shorts and flip flops from the back of the wardrobe. Now’s a great time to get out and ride for sure, but also just to enjoy relaxing in the great outdoors; eating, drinking and enjoying some banter …

Introducing CX Sportive / Adventure Cross events

Time for a ‘Cyclo-Cross over’ off road event? You may have noticed CX Sportives and Adventure Cross events becoming increasingly prominent on Pedal Planner of late, so what is the essence of these events and why should you give them a go?  This month the fat tyre devotees at Pedal Planner have teamed-up with two of the UK’s leading …

Enduro events intro

Enduro events – what’s all the fuss about? As ‘the new kid on the block’ of off-road cycling, Enduro style events are proving very popular with all sorts of riders. But what is an Enduro event, what’s needed to take part, and why should you care? Here’s our Pedal Planner low-down. What is Enduro? Enduro is a relatively new mountain biking …

Preparing for your first MTB event

Our advice is simple – go for it! Entering an event is a great way to: Add an extra dimension to your riding experience & enjoyment. Gain motivation to get out riding and to train harder. Challenge yourself to ride new/unfamiliar terrain. Meet new people. If the prospect of entering an MTB event puts butterflies in your stomach, we hope this multi-part …

Get ready for your first cyclocross event

Cyclocross off road race events are all the rage. Fun, fast and furious, they only last up to an hour – so you’ll be finished in time for a lunchtime pint! We hope this article gets you up to speed, and encourages you to give this fantastic, easily accessible sport a go. Cyclocross history Basic race rules How to get into CX Cyclocross bikes Training …