Lost in Translation

This year sees the NT host a number of cycling sportives across the country at various properties. Distances range from a few miles, to more testing 50-100 mile rides. Parke Estate at Bovey Tracey will  be this years penultimate challenge on the 2nd October.

I’ve been messing about on bikes since I was a kid and decided I was up for a challenge; that was until I had my first bonk! Yes bonking, clearly an american term spawned by those unschooled in the art of ‘carry on’ films. Bonking is what cyclists call hypoglycaemia which is the medical term for abnormally low levels of blood glucose.

Sniggering aside I would not wish it on anyone. I was out training with 10 miles to go when my body virtually shut down. I began to shake uncontrollably, sweat profusely and felt dizzy. But it was when I started having heart palpitations that I really began to worry. Easily the worst day I’ve had on a bike, ever.

It was all my own fault of course, next time I’ll follow the old mantra; eat before you’re hungry, drink before you’re thirsty. Look out for my next installment on Friday.

For more details about taking part click on this link http://www.andycookcycling.com/andy-cook-sportives/national-trust-sportive-castle-drogo/

Free Cycling at Parke

Lost for an activity for the kids today?

Then why not bring them to the lovely National Trust at Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor and have a Guided Cycle ride through the woods and parkland. EMBC (Exeter Mountain Biking Club) are encouraging everyone to enjoy cycling.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Expert tuition for beginners if needed, but all abilities welcome.  If you don’t have a cycle there are some available to borrow.  Check with DartmoorNT.org.uk to see the dates for other sessions.