Three Peaks CycloCross

I’m in – Now I need to get really fit. The last few months have been really busy and cycling has been low down on my list of priorities since the Ronde. Work and all that. (I do however now have a new job so that was one benefit for what has been a bit…

Watching Paris Roubaix – A guide

The best part of the cycling calendar is now. The glamour and scale of the Tour first drew me in to cycling – Ch4’s coverage in the 80s showing Robert Millar battling for the mountain classification hooked me. However it wasn’t until I started watching the Spring classics that I really started to follow cycling…

How to prepare for Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive

Have this coming up next weekend. I would like to say that I have been busy preparing myself for the event but that wouldn’t really be true. This was brought home to me last night when a friend tweeted me to ask. @SingenRx so 28mm tyres, double bar tape at the ready? — Donnie G…

The best things of 2015 (Bike related)

I always enjoy the reflection of the year allowed by the Christmas break. Being prone to a self critical streak it is good to look back positively on the year, whilst also beginning to plan the year ahead. I rode 100km on the 27th of December which allowed plenty of time for self reflection. Having…

A week in the Alps

Never wanting to make things boring the last 10 days of July were super busy. On the 19th of July I completed l’etape. On the evening of the 20th July I caught the Eurostar from Lyon back to London. At 9am on the 21st July I had a job interview. Having heard I had got…

This much I know about……CycloCross

I have been a cyclist for 12 months, fat for 11 of them and, at the age of 40, this much I know about riding in my first cyclocross race. (Basically I was terrible and it was horrendous) I decided in August that a ‘Cross’ season would be the ideal way to challenge myself and…

So you want to enter l’etape? A non-cyclists guide.

The route of the 2016 l’etape du tour will become clearer after the official race announcement on Tuesday 20th October. Last year I had a pretty good idea where the event would be thanks to the excellent Velo Wire website who every year run a prediction thread. At present it is a bit sparse but…

l’etape du tour 2015 (Final part)

I really can’t remember much from the ascent of the Col du Mollard. I remember really enjoying the descent off the Glandon/Croix der Fer and being shocked at how I suddenly took a right turn and realised the next climb had started – I could have benefitted from a longer recovery from the climbing. What…

A Vuelta interlude

The Vuelta is the grand tour that I watch the least of. This is due in no small part to the timing as it nestles at the end of my summer holiday when my attention is being drawn to the return to school. I have however managed to watch the two stages over the weekend…

l’etape du tour 2015 (Part three)

Having heard from a local marshall that I was only 8 minutes ahead of the broom wagon I became pretty focused on riding the 10km of relatively flat valley road remaining, at a brisk pace. Whilst doing this I passed Nigel, the Southborough & District Wheeler who lent me a tyre lever. After a quick…

l’etape du tour 2015 (Part two and a half)

Whilst I’m busy writing up my next installment of my experiences of l’etape du tour 2015 I thought I would share another video with you. This video is from the excellent Col Collective who have so far produced 26 stunning videos of a variety of mountain climbs in Europe. Linking to my next blog entry,…

l’etape du tour 2015 (Part two)

A few weeks previous to the event I had been sent an email from l’etape organisers ASO to inform me that my ‘convocation disponible’ was ready for me. Being a newbie to the event I had no idea what this meant but following the link I quickly discovered this was my bib number. Initially I…