Throughout winter Innsbruck hosts active travellers seeking the thrill of the snow-clad slopes but come spring and summer the Capital of the Alps, and its surrounding villages and valleys, gets its wheels in motion to turn into a biker’s paradise.
The slopes surrounding the city open up for mountain bikers, with forest tracks and the cable car network taking enthusiasts to a wide-variety of stunning routes.
Opportunities also abound for road cycle enthusiasts, with the chance to get some serious miles under the saddle - and even follow the route of 2018’s UCI Road World Championships, including the infamous Höttinger Höll - a hill climb with a grade of up to 28 per cent.
In total, Innsbruck and its surrounding villages and valleys offers 350 km of bicycle paths as well as 115 km of mountain bike trails.
The London Bike Show & Triathlon Show: London, the UK's largest cycling and triathlon exhibition, has today announced that an eye-catching line up of 331 big name and innovative brands will be exhibiting, to draw the crowds in once again.
I was using the hardtail for a change. A safety product I was testing had not been great or even usable really on my curly barred bikes so in the interest of fairness I tried all options. Besides I'd raced the thing a few days earlier in an off road duathlon and been reminded of the ease of riding the thing.
As a rule of thumb when you buy a lock for your bike you spend about a tenth of what you've paid for the bike.So if you've paid £1000 you should spend a £100. Great advice and I've followed it, but, and it's a big but, when I'm on the road I'm trying to keep the weight down and a big bulky lock is going to spoil the line of my jersey. On the flip side I'm stuck if I need a pee or want to pop ina shop for a coffee or a biscuit. Generally I choose the latter and on most of my traing circuits I have notable bushes and walls.
As I've become a more accomplished practitioner of sliding down hills on planks with a dramatic flourish on stopping at the bar, I've found that one week a year may not be enough. The problem is that with Skiing being such a social activity it can be difficult to get the time together or organise a group. So I had the idea of travelling alone after all I'd done with it my bike could I do the same with my skis.
One of the hardest aspects I personally find in my cycling life is motivation. Usually in just pushing myself to ride harder and train but sometimes just to get my arse off the sofa and endless repeats of sub standard American sitcoms, especially during the depressing months of autumn.
Many of you have probably heard of Yorkshire based company Fat Lad at the Back. First appearing on my radar on Dragons Den and being highly visible at trade shows it's a brand I've been interested in and followed from afar. I was helping out at a sportive last year and a colleague pointed out someone wearing a FLAB kit. Looking around I noticed a lot riders were wearing similar kit and it looked half decent on all shapes and sizes so when I was offered a chance to test a bit of it I was interested in seeing how it suited a skinny guy like me,
This year the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival will celebrate their 45th Anniversary, returning to Battersea Park 25th – 28th October 2018. With even more attractions and entertainment, this years’ event has truly evolved from a show into a "Festival" for all ages to celebrate the winter season ahead!