Friday, 04 August 2017 10:37

Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100

 

When it comes to closed road sportives Prudential Ride London is the biggest. With thirty thousand riders attempting either 46 miles or, as nearly twenty five thousand do, the 100 mile version. A legacy event from 2012 the event is massivly over subscribed and just like it's sister event the London Marathon , it can be difficult to get a place. This year I was lucky enough to be invited to ride so I headed to that London to see why eighty thousand apply every year to ride through a city.

Published in Event News & Reviews
Friday, 04 December 2015 02:08

Kendal Mountain Festival 2015: The Bike bits

Looking through many of the event invitations I get sent can be a little frustrating. It seems like so many organisers follow the same template of what "outdoors activities" should be included. Don't get me wrong I love most of these activities myself, except fell-running, I hate those tiny shorts, but as a cycling writer I feel I may end up returning with nothing to write about. Kendal, I was told was different, so checking out the website I happened upon the Santa Cruz Special Event with guests Greg Minnaar, Martyn Ashton and one secret extra special guest. Promising some awesome films from the likes of Ed Oxley Bike Night looked promising so I popped up the M6 to take a look.

For our second tour we decided to finish where we set off the previous year. So Ljubljana would be the final destination. After a quick look for cheap flights to a feasible starting point we booked for Budapest. I love Hungary, I love the food, the wine and even have a tattoo to show for a previous trip. So excited and hopefully learning from the mistakes of the year before we packed our bikes and flew to the Hungarian capital. Opening the bike bags though the trip looked over before it had even began.

Published in Cycling
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:36

Tour of Britain. Just a taste

Britain is pretty much a world leader in cycling today. The likes of the Rachel and Gee Atherton, Manon Carpenter, Danny Hart, Tracey Mosely and of the course the legend that is Steve Peat have all worn the Rainbow stripes of World Champion at downhill whilst track dominance is almost taken for granted these days with the likes of Laura Trott, Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton becoming household names. Then there is the road. Tour de France winners, Tour de France Green jersey winners, World Champions and two genuine superstars who transcend the sport in Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish both of whom are currently riding the Tour of Britain. I was at the team presentation and “Grand Depart” in Beaumaris in Anglesey to get a flavour of the biggest free to watch annual sports event in the UK.

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I’ve just realised it’s been a while since I’ve regaled you all with my tales. Am I apologetic about this? No I’m not and I’ll tell you why.

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Gothenburg - Sweden's secret singletrack playground: Stu Thomas and Henry Iddon

As cycling destinations go I’ll be honest, I’d never really considered Sweden.

Published in Cycling
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:43

The Gothenburg Archipelago on Two Wheels

Touring the Gothenburg Archipelago: Stu Thomas and Henry Iddon

Perhaps what I like best about cycling is the sense of adventure. Bicycles open up the world to explore and see the world at the right pace.

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