Sunday 13 March see the opening of the new Follow the Dog Trail at Cannock Chase in the West Mids. The seven mile trail winds through the 8,700 acre spot incorporating all the usual climbs, descents, twists and turns you've come to expect from a man-made trail. At the opening day on Sunday 13 March, there will be demonstration rides, trade stands and appearances from the legendary Gary Fisher and the UK's very own race organiser extraordinaire Pat Adams.
Festivities kick off at 10am at the Birches Valley Forest Visitor Centre (sign posted off of Penkridge Band Road, just outside Rugeley). Entry is free of charge.
Oakley's new glasses
Rumours just hit us from the states that Oakley are about to release a set of Bluetooth sunglasses so that your specs double as a hands free kit. Sounds interesting - we've still not quite got our head around the whole MP3 sunnies yet so don't expect to see us nattering into our goggles any time soon.
During 23 days of May 2003 a unique and remarkable achievement went by relatively unnoticed. An off-road mountain bike route between Land's End and John O'Groats was completed covering a gruelling average of 52 miles per day. However, the ride has become a curtain-raiser to an even more difficult challenge for 2005. The previous ride established the official route between the world famous landmarks, recognised by the CTC as route E154 OR, and set a record that would be hard to beat.
Nicknamed 'LeJog', this off road mountain biking route takes in some of the UK's most breath-taking scenery and whilst covering 1,176 miles point-to-point the ride also includes climbs that together total more than four ascents of Mount Everest.
In May 2005 LeJog2 will take place with this incredible challenge reduced to just 16.5 days - an average of 75 miles per day. Even the Olympic mountain biking event only covers 25 miles completed in just over 2 hours 30 minutes. LeJog2 will require the riders to repeat the Olympian event, three times a day every day for more than two weeks without respite.
The riders are hoping to raise as much money for the Anthony Nolan Trust as possible to help fight against leukeamia as a colleague of ours Sandy lost his fight with the disease in January 05.
For more information log onto www.lejog2.com