It was my commissioning editor at Singletrack who suggested taking part in 30 Days of Biking*. As I like a challenge, I signed up. It’s now day 20, and this is what I have learnt.

INTENDING to ride every day is not the same as COMMITTING to ride every day.

On day one, for instance, I had to squeeze my ride in before a 350-mile round trip to the Midlands. I travelled to a christening on day two, which was a lovely event but left little time for cycling. So my first two rides were, by necessity, very, very short.

Sometimes washing the mud off my mountain bike and me can take almost as long as the ride itself!

Road cycling is the easier option when I am pressed for time.

I have a road bike and a mountain bike, and imagined I would divide the 30 rides between the two. However it soon became apparent that getting ready for a road ride takes less time than getting ready for a mountain bike ride: there’s just less kit to assemble.

30-days of Mountain Biking

Road riding is also far more straightforward to pack up once the ride is finished.

Sometimes washing the mud off my mountain bike and me can take almost as long as the ride itself. But mountain biking is more fun. So on the days when I have time for a longer ride, I always choose mountain biking. It’s a great excuse to buy pies.

Every ride has its own little story, like riding with an O.A.P’s mountain biking group and meeting the best of bunch of people as a result.

I usually ride for fitness and fun.

I confess I haven’t used a bike as transport since my college days. Now though I incorporate cycling into my daily life. Riding to my local shop rather than driving to the supermarket has been a particular joy as I have discovered that they are purveyors of rather delicious pies. So, bearing in mind my new pie habit, it is good to know that...

Daily rides have helped make me noticeably fitter.

(even though I already rode three times a week!)

Which makes the long mountain bike rides even more fun.

Admittedly this has been slightly irksome for the friends who have to keep up with me.

Every ride is its own little story, and these include:

  • An after school ride with my daughter that was a nice change from GCSE revision.
  • A quick spin with my husband – that turned into a two hour ride because the sun came out.
  • Getting very wet on my road bike when it rained.
  • Getting very wet and muddy on my mountain bike when it rained.
  • Riding, by special invitation, with an O.A.P’s mountain biking group – and meeting the best of bunch of people as a result.
  • Riding with a horse.
  • Riding in bluebell woods.
  • Riding my road bike off-road out of curiosity – and both surviving unscathed.

I think I will miss 30 Days of Biking. So instead of having a rest day on May 1st , I fully intend to go cycling. 30 Days of Biking: it’s a tough habit to break.

30-days of Road Biking

* 30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, any distance, any destination, and share your adventures online with the hashtag #30daysofbiking. For every 2 pledges, $1 is donated to World Bicycle Relief.