One good thing has happened…..

Well as we are now a long way into the lockdown I wanted to wish you all a wheely good day and I hope you are all safe and well and have managed to get through to the present time as well as possible. The whole Coronavirus has been truly awful with people losing work, friends, family and just the normal life we are so used to. However it has been the support of everyone for everyone bringing the community and people closer together that has helped us all with this. We all have a story to tell and it is a time we will all remember and look back on in the years to come.

For me the toughest part has been that my work and whole business literally went overnight with the closing of schools. I miss seeing the children with their bikes, miss the great supportive staff in the schools, miss the interaction and watching the progression and miss most of all being out there spreading the cycling word to all. It will be a long time I think before schools are back to normality but rest assured when that time comes and it is safe to do so we will get that riding and bikes back up and running. As well as the schools we have a lot of holiday cycle camps to do as well so there are bright things on the horizon to look forward to. In the meantime I am earning a crust working for Amazon and have to say I really like the job and am getting fitter and stronger by the day with all the steps I am doing. It is a completely different type of work for me but I am working with some great people and learning a lot of new skills.

This now brings me on to the title of the blog and it simply is more people are cycling which is just brilliant to see. Every day I seem to see more people riding and out on bikes. The paths and parks are full of them and the local shops including my favourite local shop Hargroves are booming with trade. I hope this continues and it sees the growth of cycling in the UK increase. As well as this I really hope more than anything it means cars and drivers will be more aware of us on the roads………….well I can only wish.

So I am going to leave with this……if you have a bike get out on it if you are not already and if you do not have a bike go get one and enjoy this great form of exercise.

I will be back real soon and until then you know what is coming, LATERS!!!!

Lets get more kids riding!

A wheely good evening to you all and here I am with a PAC update. When I first started the business it was with two aims. 1. to get me involved in the cycling business but more importantly 2. allow me to continue my love of educating students but through cycling.Cycling is an incredibly rewarding hobby and something that we all have had links to in one way or another whether through riding or others we know owning and riding a bike. For me the key is to start young and then you will always have the skill and passion. Some of my youngest students I work with are just three years old and seeing them on balance bikes learning the basic skills is a step towards becoming fully fledged riders. My motto for this is ‘kids on bikes’ and lets get more of them on the bike riding.I do this through my work in schools and this is in many ways from class balance bike sessions, group continuation sessions and after school clubs. Currently I am seeing just over 600 children a week and to know I am playing a small piece in their cycling development is incredibly rewarding. Just under two years ago the first Paul Ashman Cycling camp was launched and along with Jennifer Purcell and Adrian Rogers these are becoming incredibly popular. Our next one is just a few weeks away and only a few places remaining to book up so if you want a place drop me a call for more info etc.

So I will leave you with this thought……if your child doesn’t ride or does and lacks the confidence or will to ride get them out on their bikes and promote this healthy fun hobby. If I can be of any help through lessons, advice or coaching feel free to contact me and we can look at ways to help your child. Remember this hashtag #kidsonbikesI will be back next week with more details of my forthcoming charity ride I am doing in May, until then happy riding!!!

Gravel Riding….

A wheely good day and a Happy New Year to you all. 2020 has started with a bang and already some great riding been done in the world of Paul Ashman Cycling. As the title says gravel biking and bike packing is firmly on the agenda for this year in one guise or another.

Last week myself and Matt went down for a day in the New Forest exploring the gravel trails this part of the country has to offer and wow it really is spectacular. Parking up in Brockenhurst we used a route someone else had planned from the UK gravel bike club and with this loaded onto the Garmin off we set. What became evident from the the word go is the miles upon miles of hard packed rolling gravel trails in the New Forest. Sweeping through the trees we saw many types of wildlife and some of the most stunning views and scenery. With a lunch stop at a cracking cafe called the Potting Shed in Hyde we headed back south through the forest. This was by far the highlight of the day as the afternoon gave us sweeping downhills and a tailwind that made for some fast flowing riding. I would recommend this area to anyone to go try out and have an adventure on the bikes as it will not be the last time I go down there riding. Here are a few photos of the day and if anyone would like to see the route or require more info please contact me.

This brings me onto bikepacking. More on this in a later post but to say i have recently got the full complement of Rapha bike packing bags and I am super happy with them on the bike giving me that set up for long distance endurance type rides and events. The idea of packing up the bike and setting off where the bike takes you is exciting and gives a great feeling of the unknown adventure ahead. As said future posts will delve into this world a lot more.

For now stay safe and happy riding. Laters!!!

Review of the year……2019

Well here we are approaching the last 24 hours of this year and a wheely good evening to you all. The last few months have been extremely busy and I apologise for the lack of blog and website updates. I intend to rectify this in the new year and will aim to post out a weekly update blog.

This last year has seen a wealth of cycling activities happen and I am going to list some of the highlights. Many of you will know of these and if i do miss something out no offence meant at all. So here we go with (in no particular order) my 2019 highlights:

  • The Paris Roubaix challenge with Tom. A gruelling sportive taking in all the 29 cobbled sectors of the famous race.  It was brutal but equally one of the most fun events I have taken part in with that famous velodrome finish
  • Going to watch many pro races including Tour of Britain, Tour of Yorkshire, Paris Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Omloop and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne to name a few
  • LEJOG with kim, Andy and Jason. 1500 km’s over ten days raising much money for charity. This is one of those bucket list tick offs that had to be done and was a fabulous experience out riding the length of the UK
  • My epic solo ride from Newcastle to Swindon non stop 482 km’s in just shy of 24 hours. A mental ride with some mega highs and some dark lows but a great challenge netherless
  • Supporting my good friend Matt on his completion of Everesting challenge in the Summer. No mean feat and chapeau to that man
  • The growth of the business and seeing many more children riding is a huge buzz and something myself and the team strive to increase weekly

Finally I have to mention the crash and this was a low point for sure. 5 weeks off the bikes nursing broken ribs, fractured  wrist and a haemetoma. The only plus was getting to see some of the tour on TV while off recovering.

So onto 2020 and there is plenty lined up including a watch this space another huge solo challenge. All it leaves me to say is a very Happy New Year, thanks for all support in 2019 and as they say see you on the otherside.

LATERS!!!!!!! Paul

LEJOG Days 7 to 10 and it’s completed!!!

Well a wheely good morning to you all from a van trundling back home from John O Groats. In about 14/15 hours we will be back in Swindon having completed our epic journey and what a trip it has been.

The last 4 days saw us take on the majority of Scotland and the beautiful scenery it has to offer. The road from Gretna up to Lockerbie was arrow straight and gave us a chance to hone our TT skills. Then Day 9 was a fabulous trip along the canal path from Fort William to Fort Augustus where we joined the minor road over our toughest climb of the trip. Average of 10% for over 5 km’s that was just brutal.

Finally we got to Day 10 and that first morning when we left Lands End seemed a lifetime away. The last day was heavy rain and winds for most of the day and posed a challenge in its own right but gradually that finish line was in sight and the realisation kicked in.

We had completed the 1435 km’s from one end of the UK to the other in 10 days and had a scream all the way. It was a lifelong experience and in turn raised lots of money for two great charities. Thank you for all the support.

We kindly ask that if you are able to pledge, please choose one of the charities below that you wish to support or split it evenly between the two charities in the links below. One is the Swindon Downs group which is very close to me and my sister and the other The British Heart Foundation. Thank you so much all of you. X

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-ashman2

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LEJOG Days 5&6

Well a wheely good evening to you from Scotland, yes that’s right Scotland! The last two days have been spectacular with some stunning scenery, fast paced sections and a couple of tasty inclines. Yesterday we took in some of the cities of the North West on route to Kendal with the last 20km meandering through the lanes of the Lake District. Today we left to be greeted by the climb over Shap Fell which in itself isn’t too hard and the weather was stunning all day. The descent down the otherside was a corker touching 75kmh at times and then onto lunch stop in Carlisle. After this it was on into Scotland stopping for pics in Gretna Green and Lockerbie to pay out respects before reaching Moffat. Another great day and only four to go until we reach John O’Groats. Thank you so much for all the support and messages and donations.

We kindly ask that if you are able to pledge, please choose one of the charities below that you wish to support or split it evenly between the two charities in the links below. One is the Swindon Downs group which is very close to me and my sister and the other The British Heart Foundation. Thank you so much all of you. X

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-ashman2

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-ashman

LEJOG days 3 and 4

So wheely good evening from Runcorn and a double blog for you all, sorry they’re short but by the time we finish and shower, eat and prep bikes it’s sleep time. Yesterday was a great trip up from Weston with a flat first section and then via a diversion great lunch stop in Tintern. Onwards up through the Wye valley we got to Hereford for about 5:30. All in all a good day and we felt strong. The steak and.coder went down well.

Today was day 4 and a case of shut up legs all day. We a heavy legs but we’re in good fettle for he day ahead. Today’s route was an Ardennes classic type lumpy stretch that got us into Runcorn at about 5:30pm. So far nearly 600km covered and John O Groats awaits. All the support means so much to us all. So roll on tomorrow for the trip up to Kendal in the Lake District.

We kindly ask that if you are able to pledge, please choose one of the charities below that you wish to support or split it evenly between the two charities in the links below. One is the Swindon Downs group which is very close to me and my sister and the other The British Heart Foundation. Thank you so much all of you. X

LEJOG DAY 2

Well all I can say on this day was rain rain and more rain. We left Sourton Cross in rain which just got heavier all day. At times there was a stream running down the road and some of the lanes were so flooded. It didn’t dampen our spirits though even if it did dampen everything else. But then after 110 km it suddenly stopped and we had a dry patch and even a glimpse of sun. As we rolled into Weston Super Mare it stayed dry to be greeted by family on the sea front. Today was a tough day along with punctures to add to it but another day ticked off. Tomorrow for day 3 looks dry and a bit of sun thank goodness.

As always thank you for the support and donations to our charities below. Many thanks. Paul.

LEJOG Day 1

Wheely good evening and just a short update on today’s ride. Day 1 is completed and gosh that was a tough one. It was a headwind all day and a good few hours of heavy rain added to the challenge. On top of this we did 175km with 3000 metres of climbing elevation. So all in all a tough day in the saddle but day one done. Will sleep well for sure and look forward to a slightly easier one tomorrow as we roll out to Weston Super Mare.

And the best bit doing it for two amazing charities. Thanks for all support. Laters 👍