Miche SWR Tubeless and Ultegra R8000 brakes

May, 2018 saw a significant change in my outlook in the ‘tubeless vs tubes’ argument which, for road bikes at least, seemed to have rumbled on for a long time. Even now it is only in recent weeks that Continental have produced their first foray into Tubeless tyres with the Continental 5000. I had been […]

Stunning SuperGranFondo Medio from Valloire

Sometimes it takes a while to reflect on a race and realise what has been achieved. The inaugural SuperGranFondo Medio was such a race for me. At a mere 73 kms with over 2,500 m of climbing the stats would suggest it would be tough. With 45 kms of climbing, two ascents of Col du […]

Morzine Haut Chablais Gran Fondo – I’m here for Gold, nothing less!

155 kms, 3,800+ metres of elevation. Standing on this particular start line was the culmination of months of training. I missed Gold last year due to darn Joux Plane providing a struggle after 123 kms and nearly 3,000 metres of climbing. Would it prevent me from achieving my 2018 goal? If you’ve never ridden a […]

Les 3 Ballons – hot, humid and fantastic!

Survived the Medio Fondo of Les 3 Ballons! 6 hrs 3 mins for the 125 kms and 2,500 m of climbing. Warm temperatures and high humidity had to be overcome as well as the climbs. So often hydration and nutrition are seen as something less important than physical training but without the correct strategy on […]

Hammer Sportive 2018 Finish

Hammer Sportive 2018 Confirms Status – It’s a Classic!

The Hammer Sportive just has it all! Atmosphere, enthusiasm, attentive organisation, an incredible parcour and overflowing with passion! Any other UK sportive at this time of year can only, at best, be a pale imitation. Spawned from the Spring Classic season, the Hammer Sportive moved to a slightly later date this year. Make no mistake, the […]

Your ‘A’ event is getting closer – now is the time to panic or not!

It’s always the same with my ‘A’ event – every year – nothing changes and it’s the same for everyone but we, each of us, deal with this issue in quite different ways. ‘A’ Event panic! What am I talking about? I’m talking about the onset of panic about my training with just a few […]

Spring Classics: Discover Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge’s new routes!

It’s the Spring Classics!! While the pros race through Belgium and France we also have the opportunity to experience the routes, atmosphere and camaraderie of riding these iconic routes. They’re our Monuments! On Saturday April 21st, you’ll have the unique opportunity to ride your very own Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The ultimate test is to cycle the entire 274 km route, […]

Chiltern Samaritans Cycle Sportive – June 30th 2018

Samaritans Cycle Celebrates 50 Years Of The Chiltern Branch of Samaritans!! A brand new cycling sportive, Samaritans Cycle,  was launched in 2017 to support a hugely worthwhile Buckinghamshire charity. Every 15 minutes, night and day, 365 days a year, one of Chiltern Samaritans 100+ trained volunteers starts a dialogue with someone who is experiencing emotional […]