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…

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.

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…

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…

Imperial Winter Series 4: How to win at Hillingdon 

It was another biting cold afternoon at Hillingdon for my 4th crack at the Imperial Winter Series. Results were trending the right way, going from 25th, to 13th to 5th last week and my first BC points. It was good to see the Watford rider who crashed last week there at the start, arm in…

Imperial Winter Series: Time to score some points 

So it was back to Hillingdon today for a third crack at the Imperial Winter Series, this time with a team mate alongside in the form of El Presidente of the BBBC, Tomo. It was much colder than previous races, confirmed by the moment rain turned to snow about 10 minutes before the start. Oh…

Imperial Winter Series: Second attempt 

After surviving last months first attempt at a crit race in one piece, I was back on the start line at Hillingdon again yesterday for a second stab. Everything felt reassuringly similar. Grey, mild and dry weather, 50-odd riders in the field and some familiar faces from the last race. This time I was keen…

First Race: Imperial Winter Series Cat 4

Last week I finally bit the bullet and signed up to a race. I saw the first round of the Imperial Winter Series appear on my Strava feed the Saturday previously, and after a quick Google I discovered it was a mere £12 to get a piece of the action for myself (+ £5 membership…

Bec CC Hill Climb

On Sunday I rounded off my ‘hill climb season’ (all relative) with the infamous Bec CC event on White Lane in Surrey. I had to send apologies to the Catford CC event on Yorks Hill in the morning owed to the 2017 Glastonbury ticket sale. Arriving at the Bec event around 2pm it was clear…

Denbies Duels 2016

When one eye-popping, lung-bursting, leg-wrecking hill climb effort isn’t enough for one weekend, do another one the next day. That’s what I signed up for last weekend by following Saturday’s Urban Hill Climb up Swain’s Lane with the Denbies Duels on Sunday. The setting is the total opposite of Swain’s, with the high brick walls…