Preparing for The Roman Challenge Mountain Bike event and how to avoid punctures

On Saturday I dusted off my mountain bike (MTB) and rode round the Roman Challenge (RC) route to ensure all is in order for when the event takes place on Sunday 14th October.  RC is an event which Leigh and I organise in order to raise funds for local community projects.  It consists of three routes with the longest and toughest, the Gladiator route, being 30 miles long and predominantly on bridleways.  The Goldilocks route is also mostly on bridleways and 22 miles in length.  Finally, there is the family route which is 8 miles and is mainly on forest fire roads.  The added attraction is that there are cake stops on the way round and a full-on ploughman’s buffet at the end, with WI hand made cakes, all for a tenner. If you’re interested in finding out more about this event, check out the website:

I know the route well and didn’t need to refer to maps so could push on and completed the ride in 2 hours 40 minutes.  The weather was fantastic and the ground conditions were perfect.  So I know the route is OK, albeit I have had to put a small diversion in the route due to a bridge closure.  All we have to worry about now is the weather conditions, the cake baking and the number of entrants we get.  I also have to ride the route again the day before the event to mark the route out and that’s after completing a 30 mile mountain bike ride the weekend before in Belvoir, Nottinghamshire. 

I broke a spoke on the way round and have had to have that repaired and whilst taking my tyre off and inner tube out I noticed that I had three punctures in the rear wheel.  I use inner tubes filled with a green slime which seal the punctures and so mostly you don’t even know you’ve punctured.  That’s really handy when it’s wet and muddy as the last thing I want to do is change a tube on a mud covered wheel.  I’d recommend the slime, as it means you don’t have to worry about annoying punctures.  Slime is available on-line from:


One response to “Preparing for The Roman Challenge Mountain Bike event and how to avoid punctures

  1. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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