Tag Archives: Flare

Welsh Summer Holiday – Laura Griffiths

Lately its been a lot of work and squeezing in play time on the bike on the occasional day off so a short break was a welcomed relief, with only a few days to make a long weekend we headed to south Wales to make the most of our time away, we returned to the […]

Jael’s 1st French Alps Adventure. WOW!!

4th of August, the day has arrived, all piled in the van to begin our epic adventure to France. I won’t bore you with the details of our journey all you need to know is it was very long. We went through the Channel Tunnel, ahhh!!. Scary thought, all that water about you. And there […]

40th Birthday Trip – Jenny Nuttall

I wanted a challenge for my birthday and with limited days available, Scotland became the favourite destination. Then again, despite how many days we have, Scotland is always the favourite destination for adventure! For a few years I’ve loved combining my lifelong passion of walking in the hills, with my relatively new found passion of […]

9 Reasons to Ride Your Bike More – Jessica Pyper

In case you haven’t noticed, we, at Flare, LOVE to ride our bikes. Basically when we’re not out riding our bikes, we’re either eating to refuel for our next bike ride, sleeping so we’re awake enough to ride our bikes, creating new clothes for biking, or making friends/ hanging out with people who also like […]

Between the Tapes – Mike Clyne

Here we are mid March 2018, and the season is about to kick off again. What’s new? what’s the same? Am I the same rider I was last year or have I progressed? Have my skills moved forward, along with my experience and attitude. Did I do enough with my fitness? Well this weekend we […]

Snowy Days – Hannah Myers

With Spring around the corner (I’m told), the onslaught of snow dumped over the country has been… polarising. In a typical British attitude everyone has found something to complain about: It’s coldIt’s wetGoing outside means you get cold and you get wetIt’s slippyTrails are muddyThe endless post-ride clean up This isn’t to say that all […]

Guide Training – Matt Cain

I put my hand up and admit it…. Every year I swear that I’ll do a better job of riding through the winter and arriving in the Spring feeling fit and strong. Every year however work, 2 young kids and the British winter conspire to have me arriving at the end of February feeling a […]

Training for the Beast – Rachel Norman

After partaking in my first event last year, the Hopetech Women’s Enduro, I’d got the bug and I was itching to sign up for more. I wanted something to train towards to keep my fitness up and improve on my mountain biking ability. I thought the Hamsterley Beast fitted all the criteria needed for such […]

12 Years in the Game – Matt Cain

  It was one of those sudden realisations that one comes to every now and then! That this is my 12th year in the guiding and biking holidays game. It doesn’t seem that long since I packed my trusty Marin hardtail into a bag and headed off to South America with all my worldly possessions […]

Mad March – Liz Peacock

Looking at my calendar, March always seemed to be a bit busy… As it turns out living through it was quite an experience – lots of fun was had, many many miles driven, lots of new biking friends made and just about every variation on weather encountered… February left us, and I was optimistic that […]