Tuesday, July 11, 2017

News: Yak Attack announces re-branding.

The big news this week is the announcement from Yak Attack about an essential re-branding process.
Here's what Race Director Phil Evans had to say about it on the Facebook Page:

"Yak Attack was originally chosen as the name for the world's highest mountain bike race, which was founded way back in 2007.
Since then the name Yak Attack has become synonymous with mountain bike adventures and challenges and has been used as a collective name for all our other races, adventures, and challenges.
As the company is growing incrementally as each year passes, we felt it was time to give Yak Attack it's identity back as being the "to-do" high altitude mountain bike race not only in Nepal but worldwide.
For this reason all our races, including Yak Attack, Rumble in the Jungle, Pokhara IV and all our mountain bike tours will now go under the umbrella of Mountain Biking Worldwide.
Over the coming weeks/months there will be a little bit of re-branding, website updates, and a whole new simplified application system.
We're very excited about the future of Mountain Biking Worldwide and look forward to welcoming riders new and old to our ever growing calendar of races, challenges and adventures.
Hope you like the new logo  © A Friendly Web Dude"

So there you go, everything in a nutshell.
If you fancy the adventure of a lifetime then sign up for one of their truly great races or have a look at the amazing guided trips that are on offer.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Helping Paws


Helping Paws is a new charitable venture that all of us at Chase The Rainbow look forward to fully supporting into the future.
I will be adding a direct link to the website as soon as it available. It is the brainchild of Yak attack supremo Phil Evans, and Corinne Smith. Here's what they have to say about it on their Facebook page:

"During visits to Sri Lanka and Nepal, we have been moved by the plight of countless animals that are left to cope alone, and have been humbled by the endless work of the animal charities that we have been fortunate enough to have had contact with.
This has inspired us to also try and make a difference and hopefully play a small part in alleviating the suffering for many animals left without loving homes or care in times of need.
Through community and education programs, our aim is to bring about a progressive change in the way animals are perceived so that more people will consider helping and homing many of the strays. We also aim to instigate vaccination, neuter and care programs to ensure healthy animal communities and provide a community shelter with a trained local where animals can visit for food, or be taken for treatment.
Obviously, even with small and humble beginnings, we can't bring about these changes alone, and so in the near future will be calling on all our families, friends, associates, and associates of associates to help us in whatever way they can. In addition to fund raising, we will be looking for advice on education programs, volunteer vets, teachers, etc etc, so please keep us in mind and keep looking out for Helping Paws updates.
Thank you
Corinne Smith and Phil Evans."

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

News: The UK Singlespeed Championships.


Beer drinking, debauchery, tomfoolery, shenanigans, cycling?
That'll be The UK Singlespeed Champs then.

I've signed up even though the looming spectre of my shoulder operation is imminent. Hopefully I will be recovered enough to trundle around slowly. If not then I'll go along, drink beer, and cheer.

It's taking place in The Lake District on September 1st-3rd and is sponsored by a brewery; that's about all you need to know really.
However if you'd like to join in the fun then you can read all about it here: UK Singlespeed Champs
The entry fee for the whole weekend is a trifling £32.45 and all profits are donated to local charities.

If you'd like to enter then you can do so here at the Eventbrite website: Entries

There is also an Event page on Facebook here: SSUK17

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

A pebble in the pond. How young women are changing Nepal.

Al Seaton, Usha Kanal, Jenny Caunt, Roja KC.

Something is happening in Nepal. A wind of change is blowing, a gentle breeze that might yet become a tempest.
Sport, that great leveller of people, is beginning to make its mark. Tenacious young women like Ultrarunner Mira Rai and Mountainbiker Laxmi Magar have through their own efforts inspired other young women to dare to dream.
These dreams are then facilitated by people like Richard Ball from Trail Running Nepal, working tirelessly to promote running and running events, and helping and promoting the potential of Nepali athletes on the world stage. Richard, of course, makes a living from this, and rightly so, but he is also making dreams happen too.
Now we have Jenny Caunt, from Himalayan Singletrack, a mountainbike shop owner and tour provider based in the beating heart of Nepali tourism; Thamel, Kathmandu.
Jenny is also doing something remarkable. In the west we might call it progression, continuity, or something similar, we take equal opportunities for granted; in Nepal it is pioneering, it is the rejection of boundaries, prejudice, regression, in a deeply misogynistic society. She is empowering women to get involved in this completely male dominated industry, and she is giving them jobs - equal jobs.
And guess what? They're good at it.
Jenny is a very good friend of mine, and when she told me what they were doing I asked her to write me a little piece for the blog. I was proud of my friend and I wanted to help promote it.
What I got took me by surprise.
Jenny has written a very honest and open review of a transformation, and it isn't only affecting the girls.
She has thrown a pebble in the pond and the ripples are spreading.
I love this story, and I think you might love it too.

Jenny Caunt

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An unwelcome return.


After spending a month in Sri Lanka I was looking forward to getting back down the wood and enjoying the beautiful late spring weather.
Unfortunately it seems that other people have been enjoying the wood in my absence.
My log store (full of seasoning logs) has been razed to the ground, several other fires have been lit, a lot of my timber for projects has been burnt, signs and boundary fences damaged, the compost toilet has been upended, beer cans, bottles, and litter, are strewn around the area.
I'm disappointed that people feel that this kind of behaviour is amusing to them. I have put in extraordinary amounts of work only to have most of it destroyed by morons. I'd estimate that the real-time cost of all of this damage is in excess of £2000.
Fortunately the police have taken an interest and will be collecting the bottles and cans for DNA and fingerprint analysis. I sincerely hope that they catch someone for this.
I have contacted a local newspaper and I'm hopeful that they might run the story, if only to shame the scumbags that did it.
Actually there's not much point in trying to analyse the behaviour, if someone is prepared to do this then they really don't give a shit. 
At considerable cost I have now ordered, and will be installing, motion sensing HD surveillance cameras; if they come back then I'll try to make them famous.


Damaged boundary fences.

Tarp ripped down.

The ladders etc were chained to the log store. The log store is ashes and the ladders have actually partially melted.

The compost toilet has been upended. It must have taken them a lot of effort do this.


The large cordwood pile of Oak logs has either been burnt or scattered.

A number of very large Birch logs that I put aside for a project have been burnt.


Yet another fire. The morons very kindly burnt a lot of my timber.

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