Here in the UK it’s 70 years since we last put a fancy hat on someone to continue a medieval system of rule so we’re all having a big party with a couple of extra days off work. But even if we never subjugated your people, crushed your native culture and gave you cricket as compensation, why not celebrate with us anyway?
Guy Kesteven has ten royal-themed ideas to fill your spare time in a mountain biking manner.
Go forth and conquer
Go for a bloody big ride. Like a proper big one. Not a sensible one. A proper one that’s three times what I normally do and will turn you as pink as a 19th-century world map. Don’t waste time loitering over breakfast and coffee, just grab whatever food there is in the cupboard, take a coat for when the weather turns grim and you’re already on the point of crying, and get going. Just like Queen Liz you’ll be amazed how long you can keep going if you put your mind to it. Just pace yourself Prince Andrew style and don’t get sweaty on the climbs or you could end up in a tight spot later.
Colonize your landscape
When you’re on that big ride why not take on all those bridleway or singletrack turns that you’ve often wondered where they lead. Even if you end up back where you started at least you’ll have ticked off a dead end that’s been niggling your navigation mind for ages. And if you find a sweet new section you can add that to your biking buffet for years to come. Obviously don’t forget to celebrate your fresh conquest in proper royal style, by sticking a flag in it and forcing the locals to abandon millennia of culturally appropriate beliefs in favor of a story about a Palestinian carpenter. Obviously don't fully acknowledge Palestine as an actual country though, just chop it up into a post-colonial mess and guarantee decades of bitter conflict and resentment. After all, that's what having an empire is all about.
Lord over it all
Seeing as the queen and her aristocratic chums get huge amounts of government handouts for keeping large swathes of countryside to themselves, why not go and visit their estates on a bike to explore what you’ve been paying your taxes for? Cycling UK has even published a fantasy mountain bike route around the Bolton Abbey Estate to show what could be available for riders with a revolutionary streak.
Dig for Lizzie
Warmer weather and regular rain mean the foliage will be growing almost as fast as drunken nationalism this weekend, so embrace your inner Dr. Livingstone and start hacking through the jungle to keep the trails running well. Why not grab your trail tool like a scepter and go forth and make some Jubilee jumps or a Prince Charles gap to commemorate his likely place in the Royal lineage.
Learn to do a new Jubilee skill
Been promising yourself to learn to wheelie, bunny hop, manual or backflip? We’re almost certain that Liz would be beyond stoked to find out that you’ve celebrated the most concocted public holiday in living memory by adding a new string to your biking bow. And if you’re looking for inspiration Danny MacAskill’s latest video has more horsing around than Princess Anne.
Get a new crown
Celebrate that hilarious, heartwarming moment of casual racism when Prince Phillip (RIP) almost called Japanese people “MIPS” by buying a helmet with increased Swedish safety. In fact, why not go for protective pun gold by getting the impressively lightweight new full-face helmet from Specialized, sticking some jewels on, and creating your own Queen’s Gambit?
Sparkle like Meghan Markle
As it’s a national holiday in the UK the chances are that the weather will be wretched so why not spend some quality wrenching time with the one you really care about: Your bike. We know some UK bike care companies are even doing special Jubilee offers on lube and cleaning products to make sure your own coronation carriage is more squeaky clean than Prince Edward.
Relive past glories
Make the most of the brilliant proposed idea of turning the UK back to imperial measurements to commemorate the jubilee by building up a retro bike from old parts. We can’t think of a better parallel for the misery of trying to mesh incredibly confusing and outdated concepts together to try and create something to remind you of the ‘glory days’. It’s almost guaranteed to make you realize that those days were actually a very long way from glorious too.
Clean your workshop or garage up
I admit there’s less relation between this suggestion than Prince Charles and Prince Harry, but it’s not a bad way to spend your day off. So just grab a handful of patriotic cupcakes from your nearest street party and scuttle back into the workshop or fling open the garage door and get busy creating the ultimate bike cave.
Have a royally good holiday
Sack off the rest of Wednesday and just go and enjoy one’s self. It’s clearly what I’m doing with the column this week and frankly, no one will remember much of what happened from now on by Monday anyway. Plus it’s about time we caught up with the government when it comes to having parties as we fell a long way behind them during lockdown. So whether you’re a Royalist, a Republican or just have a thing for corgis, make the most of the next few days and I’ll hopefully see you on the trails.