In the last few years sportives have become one of the most if not the most fashionable and popular amateur cycling pastime, certainly if the cycling press is to be believed. I did my first proper sportive last year (Lincsquad’s Paul Kirk Memorial North Lincs CycloSportive) and loved it (well, apart from being ridden off the wheels of all the hard nuts and cycling into a head wind for 8 hours) but if you love long distance, endurance cycling there is a year round alternative, the audax.
Audax comes from the Latin word that is the root of ‘audacious’ and audax rides (especially the very long ones) do require a degree of audacity and determination. An audax is a long distance ride that incorporates some features of a sportive such as a time limit, but importantly it requires participants to be self sufficient. Organisers often lay on tea and buns and often for long rides a meal afterwards, but there are no feedstops, no route markers and no mechanical back up. You have to carry what you may need and be able to navigate via GPS or a good old fashioned OS map. Continue reading →
If you train with a GPS then you will no doubt be aware of Strava and the way it has quite simply changing the way we cycle.
sträva is a Swedish word meaning to “strive for” or “aspire to”
The simplicity of being able to upload/record your rides and then compare against your friends and other riders on a particular segment or climb is amazing. For some the lure of achieving a KOM has become an addiction. For the uninitiated, KOM is short for “king of the mountain.” It’s a term borrowed from the Tour de France and it means you have the top time on one of Strava’s millions of segments; those lactic leg burner hills or pure out and out sprints that Strava users have created. Continue reading →
There is nothing worse in cycling than getting out for a ride on your bike, only to be hit with gale force winds making the going tough if not near impossible.While uphill may be harder and the rain more uncomfortable, cycling into a proper headwind can really sap your morale. Continue reading →
Whilst at the local bike shop a mini pump that could inflate bike tyres up to 160 psi caught my attention!!
Having previously owned a Lezyne mini pump which would after some effort inflate up to 100 psi, the thought of inflating my road bike tyre up to over 100 psi should be easier with this Giant model, which claims to inflate up to 160 psi! Continue reading →
My passion for cycling the most challenging and hilliest sportives I suspect comes from my roots living in the Conwy Valley in North Wales. Cycling up the steepest climbs we could find with our old Raleigh 5 speeds zigzagging our way up to the lakes above. Then suddenly the MTB was here and years of majestic riding and racing followed in the great forestry’s of North Wales.
Then suddenly I found myself in Lincolnshire, and my passion for MTB and cycling began to wane. Simply put; not enough mountains or even the modest hill! My friend however persuaded me to buy a road bike and suddenly my passion for cycling was reborn.
My first challenge was to cycle a 100 miles locally in the Lincolnshire Wolds which I enjoyed but was already hungry for the next challenge. Continue reading →
The ‘Buxton Mountain Time Trial (TT)’ organised by Buxton Cycling Club is an early season open TT over a very hilly circuit in the Peak District and is renowned as one of the toughest time trials in the UK. The course is based round a circuit starting and finishing in the village of Longnor and consists of 3 laps of 11 miles for the Men and Veterans and 2 laps for the Women and Juniors.
The event traditionally takes place on Good Friday this year being the 29th March 2013. Continue reading →
Sportives are becoming increasingly popular and are amongst the most rewarding events to take part in on your push bike.
They are designed to test you and if you train and prepare yourself right you will get the satisfaction of a job well done. If you get it wrong and you set off too fast (I still get this wrong!!), neglect to eat or just don’t have the miles in your legs then you will be in for a very long and painful day! Continue reading →
From the boards of Llandegla to the peaks of Scotland, the UK has some excellent trails for mountain biking and here are ten trails in no particular order definitely worth a ride!
Dalby Forest, Yorkshire – Dalby forest mountain bike trail centre is a modern trail centre with green, blue, red and black routes giving something for all abilities. The trails are good for all weathers and it does get busy in the summer. It also has a cool bike park with jumps and a pump track. The modern visitors centre has a decent cafe and car park. Dalby Forest MTB Trail Map Continue reading →
Garmin has released updated versions of the popular Edge range with the new Edge 510 and the Edge 810.
The new models feature colour touch screens and live tracking via your connected mobile, enabling others to track your ride live as you cycle. While connected to your mobile it can also upload and share ride data instantly which seems pretty cool. Although I still like to use Strava as well as Garmin Connect, so not sure if I will upgrade from my Edge 500 just yet. Continue reading →