Half way there (brief encounters with Rovaniemi 300)
Feb25

Half way there (brief encounters with Rovaniemi 300)

So, how did I get to be sharing an apartment with a gentle giant and his minion on a Sunday night? Dutch corner in Rovaniemi was busier than it should have been for a Sunday night. I don’t think any of us were expecting to be there but it wasn’t by coincidence either! Rewind by three days and Helsinki airport saw two Dutch and three Brits all sitting around a small table trying our best not to mention Brexit! Whoops, did someone just...

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Bob’s Rovaniemi 150
Feb22

Bob’s Rovaniemi 150

Finally my hands are warm(ish), I’m somewhere on the last hill of the route. A street light appears over the brow of the hill, incongruous in the vast forest. Street light means road, road means end of the hard stuff, I cross and drop down to the Ounasjoki which will lead me to the finish. Suddenly the temperature plummets and in the 200 metres between the road and river my hands become blocks of ice. The next, final, checkpoint...

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Rovaniemi – a retrospective…..
Feb03

Rovaniemi – a retrospective…..

As this month sees the 2017 edition of the Rovaniemi 150 we thought we’d take a look at a couple of peoples past experiences as we look forward to seeing what this year will throw at the riders….. First up we take a look at Fraser Kennedy’s great little movie about the 2016 edition which had the worst conditions the event has seen for a number of years with over half the field failing to finish! Enjoy….. Next...

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Strathpuffer 2017
Jan26

Strathpuffer 2017

I think this was my fifth ‘puffer, though my third riding not for myself, but as escort for my son. Last year Alpkit loaned me one of their Sonder Vir Fortis bikes to ride. I can’t say it was the most suitable bike considering how muddy it was that year. It was however a whole lot of fun to ride. So once again this year I opted to ride the Vir Fortis. The bike was set up with tubes and Schwalbe Jumbo Jims. Having had a...

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Fat Viking race
Jan25

Fat Viking race

Harder, longer, icy. What was supposed to be a 150km fatbike race turned out to be a 175km fatbike race! The course had to be adjusted due to the (VERY) unusually mild winter. Okay, so the race just got longer? We kept the climbing, just in case! Race day was cold enough to make the surface hard and fast, but the warm temperatures leading up to “Fat Viking” had transformed parts of the course to an icy highway. Geilo, the...

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ROVANIEMI 150 – RACE REPORT
Nov17

ROVANIEMI 150 – RACE REPORT

When heading out to Rovaniemi 150 I already knew I needed to be prepared for pretty much anything. I had spent countless hours on my bike and believed myself to be in best biking form ever. My gear had been tested with long rides in -27c and I was stocked up with energy and motivation. The only thing I really wasn´t prepared for was pushing the bike through soft snow for 100k out of the 150k race – and that´s exactly what happened....

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