Mont Ventoux Club des Cingles

  Le Club des Cingles du Mont Ventoux (Lunatics of Ventoux) is something I’d been aware of for a few years but never thought much about doing. That was until around 6 weeks ago when I realised summer was once again all too rapidly drawing to an end, and had a quick browse online which…

Pyrenees vs Alps: Epic Mountain Battle

Which is better, the Alps or the Pyrenees, for cycling? Last week I was in the Pyrenees with a group of 7 mates. A year on from The Alps, which bit of Frances’s Hautes Montagnes is the best place to go ride a bike uphill? Iconic Climbs: Tourmalet vs Galibier Two monsters of Le Tour,…

Which is the best park in London for cycling?

Park Life. If you want nice places to ride out of London, you head out into Surrey/Kent/Essex/Hertfordshire/Berkshire etc. When you don’t fancy trekking through suburbia for a few Ks, you go and ride round a park. These are the five best in London, probably. Windsor Great Park Windsor Great Park is my favourite park to…

Top Tips for Structured Cycling Training

Last week I wrote a long rambling piece about my experience of ‘structured training’. It was pretty long and dull and other people do it better, such as the TrainingPeaks blog, the TrainerRoad podcast or Joe Friel’s Training Bible which I read and highly recommend. Instead, here’s 10 tips from this total amateur who spent a…

Fred Whitton 2017

Sportives are normally a fairly nice way to ride in a semi-organised fashion around a reasonably nice part of the country that you could do on your own any other day of the year. In return for a small fee you usually get a box of energy gels and  the chance to ride with a…

Tour de Yorkshire 2017

I was oop Norf in Yorkshire this weekend with Tomo for a spot of bike riding and a bit of bike watching. Here’s how it went down in seven bitesized chunks: Le Tour de Yorkshire is run by Sir Gary Verity along with Christian Prudhomme and his chums from ASO (they run the Tour de…

6 Months of Bike Racing. That’ll do.

Getting into bike racing over the last six months has been awesome. It’s the most exhilarating form of  road cycling there is, flying round at 44kph in a pack of riders, inches (or less) from the wheel in front and the elbows to the side. The tactical side of racing is genuinely fascinating, and the…

Brentor Road Race: Custard Classic

I mentioned at the end of my last race review that I was looking to try out a road race, with them being slightly longer, and in theory, safer than the crazy (but fun) crits I had been doing at Hillingdon and Lee Valley. With Easter weekend in Devon already in the diary, we had…

Why I’m #INMYELEMNT

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Review. 12 months ago I upgraded my old-school Garmin Edge 500 to a shiny, new, Bluetooth-friendly Garmin Edge 520. The main reason for the upgrade was to eliminate the need for cables and computers for basic tasks like putting a route on the unit. It transpired not to be quite that revolutionary….

Riding Bikes in Mallorca

Sixteen of us from the BBBC hit up Mallorca last weekend for a 4-day training camp/lads holiday mashup. You won’t be surprised to hear that it was bloody excellent. Here’s some pictures. Admin We stayed at the Duvabitat Apartments in Puerto Pollensa. Dead cheap, great location, nice pools and massive secure bike storage area. Need to…

Two Thousand Bike Rides

I noticed a nice round number pop up on Strava after a ride at the weekend, it was my 2000th ride logged on the platform. This started in November 2011 and has seen me accumulate just over 41,000km of riding over the space of 1805 hours on the bike. It sounds like quite a lot when…

Full Gas Cycling @ LVVP

After six weeks without racing, I had my first taste of Cat 3 life at the Lea Valley Velopark (aka Olympic park) yesterday. It was run by Full Gas Cycling, and was the 15th in their series of 18 Winter crits. I had the option of either the 3/4s race or E/1/2/3, and went for…