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26.2 miles

  • Posted by ruben
  • 24 May 2011

On Sunday, I ran my first ever marathon up in Edinburgh.

26.2 miles. At least 4 miles further than I had ever run before.

Towards the end, every mile felt like an impossible distance.

By 22 miles, I was sure I'd give up at any minute. How could I keep going?

When I saw the finish line ahead of me, I couldn't quite believe I'd done it.

10k: 51 minutes
Half marathon: 1 hour 47 minutes
30k: 2 hours 43 minutes
Marathon: 4 hours and 17 minutes.

Just got this video through from Mr. Matt Page.

It's a great insight into what goes on at a 24 hour solo MTB race.

Inspiring stuff.

Sample Sale is GO

  • Posted by ruben
  • 19 May 2011

Just got this from Ade and Co. down in London. The calm before the storm.

They are opening the doors right now and the sample sale will run until Sunday - so if you are in the area at all over the next few days, make sure you pop down there to see if anything tickles your fancy.

Click Here for Location and Opening Times

Dalby Dare

  • Posted by ruben
  • 11 May 2011

In what other sport can you experience the same challenge as the World’s leading athletes?

Whether you’re spectating at the bottom of Medusa’s Drop, or actually riding the very same descent, the Dalby Dare is an object lesson in just how deceptively easy the top riders make it look when they tackle the same obstacles the following day.

If you’re one of the lucky entrants who secured a place in this year’s Dalby Dare, you probably don’t need reminding of the tough task that lies ahead of you! For everyone else, here’s a little more about the Dalby Dare and why it has become a “must-do” for so many mountain bikers

The Dalby World Cup course is open to the public all year round. But it’s one thing to ride it on a quiet weekend with your mates. It’s an entirely different experience to tackle it with hundreds of other riders, spectators looking on and with all the World Cup branding in place. The tension ramps up as you wait to start beneath the World Cup arch and the adrenaline just keeps on coming as you roll out onto the course. Every rider is equipped with a timing chip, which means you can compare your time with that of the pros.

But there’s more to the Dalby Dare than just a lap of the World Cup course: after riders cross the finish line at the end of the World Cup loop, they head off into the forest once again, this time for a tour of some 20km of Dalby’s outstanding trails. The forest is home to some of the best Black and Red graded riding in the country and the Dalby Dare loop is a fine extension to the rip-snorting World Cup course.

The Dalby Dare goody bag is worth the price of entry alone, containing a howies organic cotton T-Shirt topping the list of free goodies assembled by the people at Purple Mountain in Dalby Forest.

To find out more about the event and get your last minute entry, head to mtbworldcup.co.uk

It’s All About the Bike

  • Posted by ruben
  • 10 May 2011

For those who missed it last week, this month’s T-shirt of the Month is called ‘All About The Bike’.

To mark the release of his book 'It's All About the Bike' in paperback, author and bikenut Robert Penn has teamed up with howies to produce this one-off  t-shirt print.

Designed by howies, it celebrates the joy and freedom of the bicycle... In other words:

It's all about the bike.

And we also have the book available to buy online here:

The other weekend, we ran a little photo comp called 'Wish You Were There'

We were really happy to see so many of you getting involved and posting photos of what you got up to on the weekend.

It's been pretty hard to pick out just 30 winners - but as promised below are the lucky 30 shots which have won a free t-shirt each. They feature fun, bikes, surf, hills, family, food, sun, adventure, relaxation & freedom.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part - We're hoping to do more stuff like this before too long.

Oh, and you can always check out loads of other great entries on our facebook wall here if you're looking for a little inspiration for your next weekend of adventure.

In no order, here are our winners:

From @MrPowellish

From @jonfresh

From @FastFarrell

From Denise

From Mark

From Brian

From David

From James

From Simon

From Emma K

From Emma P

From Helen

From Nadia

From James

From Mark

From Stephane

From Paul

From Chris

From Huw

From Stuart

From Nerys

From Phil

From Chris

From Jane

From Nick

From @petestuart

From Christine

From @mudandgears

From Beth

From @grafichouse

Free Bikes

  • Posted by ruben
  • 6 May 2011

If anyone would like a free bike, I have a tip for you - check at the bottom of Frederiksholm's Canal in Copenhagen. There are loads of them down there.

From Copenhagenize.com

Wish You Were There competition

  • Posted by ruben
  • 28 April 2011

Wish You Were There
phone photo comp

Here's your chance to win yourself a howies tee of your choice from our Spring/Summer
range for Men, Women and Kids.

All you have to do is snap a pic with your phone camera of what you get up to this weekend.
Be it skateboarding, biking, hiking, canoeing, climbing, or just walking the dog.

Make it soulful, make it beautiful, make it funny, make it blurry, make it sharp, make it whatever.
But above all, just make us wish we were there.

Post your entry on our Facebook wall, or follow us on Twitter and use
the #howiesphotocomp hashtag when you tweet your pic.

And the 30 best shots will win a t-shirt and feature on the howies blog.

Good luck. Get mobile.

If you're not on Facebook or Twitter, you can mail your entries to [email protected]
The deadline for entries is Tuesday 3rd May. Winners will be announced Monday the 9th May.

Alastair’s Microadventures

  • Posted by ruben
  • 26 April 2011

Back in January I was lucky enough to ride the Strathpuffer 24 hour race with Mr. Al Humphreys.

Al is an adventurer through and through. If you broke him in half like a stick of rock he would have it written in his bones. But please don't do that.

This year, he is keeping his itchy feet mainly inside the UK and attempting to keep his hunger for adventure fed with a series of 'Microadventures'

The video below and his own words explain it better than I can - follow him on twitter and his blog for plenty more tales of micro adventure.

Microadventure 2: Use Your Weekend

My aim for the year is to showcase small, cheap, simple, close-to-home microadventures.

Microadventures serve to scratch the itch for adventurous souls trapped by the bludgeoning of fate in sensible office jobs. They act as stepping stones for people who dream of a major expedition but feel that at the moment they are not quite ready. And they are a kick up the backside to anyone whinging and whining with excuses about how they don’t have the time or the money or the skills to get out there and challenge themselves. I have started deliberately small, with ideas that absolutely anyone can manage. In January I entered a race. And in February I went for a weekend away. These are micro microadventures. But they are brilliant.

If you add up all the weekends, statutory leave and Bank Holidays you’ll discover that you have at least 132 free days every year. 132 days is a long time. You could row across the Indian Ocean in 132 days. The difficulty of course is the fragmented nature of these 132 days. You have to be determined to use your weekends rather than frittering them with IKEA and the X-Factor.

So my microadventure for this month is a challenge to Use Your Weekend. Annoyingly I live about as far from wilderness as is possible. And yet by late morning on Saturday I was still high on a Welsh hillside, breathing in fresh air, looking down over the sunlit Bristol Channel, and about to scare myself silly on a downhill mountain bike trail.

Go somewhere you have never been before. Ride hard. Get wet, cold and muddy. Laugh with your mates. Then relax, aching and exhausted, having earned your beer. Use Your Weekend.

Do you have any examples of inspiring, invigorating weekend microadventures?

And do you have any recommendations of microadventures I can try this year?
Have your say in the comments or let me know on Twitter @al_humphreys

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