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Stu Thomas

Stu Thomas

So I did a thing. I signed up to do the Virgin Money London Marathon. Now I'm not a runner, I'm a cyclist. Annoyingly runners can transition to cycling with ease, whereas us superior athletes tend to struggle because our  far higher fitness levels exceed our muscle memory and ability to deal with impact. So not wanted to injure myself I obtained a pair of On Running Cloudswifts to test.

It has been confirmed today that the 2020 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling is cancelled. This decision has been taken by London authorities after engagement with partners involved in the planning of the event.

The eighth edition of the world's greatest festival of cycling was scheduled to take place on the weekend of 15 and 16 August and feature four mass participation events: the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19, 46 and 100 sportives, plus Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, the free-for-all event that invites cyclists to pedal round seven miles of traffic-free roads in central London.

The festival was also due to feature two professional races: the UCI WorldTour Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Classique, in addition to the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show at ExCeL London and the Brompton World Championship Final.

Will Norman, the Mayor's Walking & Cycling Commissioner, said: "RideLondon has been one of the highlights of the capital's event calendar for the last seven years, so it is obviously disappointing that it cannot be staged this year. This summer we hope that millions of Londoners will alter their travel habits by making journeys by bike instead of driving or using public transport. But it is absolutely the right decision to cancel this year's event to ensure the safety of everyone involved and we all look forward to welcoming RideLondon back again in the near future.

"The Mayor and I would like to thank Prudential, in their final year as title sponsors, for their support over the last seven years. We are already excited about the next RideLondon event."

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of Prudential RideLondon, said: "We know how disappointing this news will be to the tens of thousands of riders who were hoping to participate in one of the fantastic events in the world's greatest festival of cycling, for the thousands of charities that would have benefited from fundraising and for the world's best professional cyclists who love racing on the streets of London and Surrey, but I am sure everyone will understand why this decision has been made.

"All participants and charities that bought places in the 2020 Prudential RideLondon will be refunded their entry fee in full.

"We are currently working with Prudential and the Mayor's Office to see how we can celebrate the event weekend of 15 and 16 August.

"2021 will be the first year of a new contract to deliver RideLondon and, with the current unknowns about the short-term future for mass participation events and the importance of inspiring as many people as possible to cycle more often, we're taking the opportunity to fully review the format and timing of the event over the next few months."

In its first seven editions, Prudential RideLondon has become the world's greatest festival of cycling, with 100,000 riders of all ages and abilities participating in seven different events on traffic-free roads in London and Surrey. It has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to take up cycling or cycle more often and a total of more than £77 million has been raised for thousands of charities.

Brasher added: "We know that there will be many, many questions from riders, charities and others and we ask you to please bear with us as we work through all the detail. We expect to be in a position to provide full updates to participants and charities by the middle of June. We will also post regular updates on our website and social media channels."

Further information is available on the official website here.

Cycling is my preferred way of getting fit. It's also my preferred way of keeping fit. Face it I just love cycling. I've got 8 or is it 9 bikes? Hey don't judge me at least I have a faint idea and I know how many children I have. Well anyway last Autumn I was asked if I'd like to try a hybrid from Canyon. Well how could I refuse

With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the nation is suddenly finding itself spending a lot more time indoors.

And now that all gyms — and a huge number of parks and gardens — are closed to the public, the question has to be asked: how are we going to stay fit?

Cycling might just be the answer you’re looking for.

I've never seen the attraction of running. When I first tried it to enter a duathlon, my fitness from riding made me go too far too soon and I had a sore shins for weeks. Besides we've a few runners on here so I didn't feel the desire to test any kit. But times can change and I was looking for a new challenge. So against all common sense and advice I've entered the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon and in training for this I've the perfect opportunity to do a little testing, including the RX3 Compression tights from triathlon brand Zone3.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 10:52

Indik8a : Tested and Reviewed

Let me state from the start. I don't believe there is a war on our roads. I don't believe that most drivers are out to get us. Yes there are some idiots which we've all experienced but in reality it's just there are a lot of  bad drivers. Cycling on the road can be terrifying but if you're going out with that mindset then you're not going to be enjoying yourself so why do it?. It helps to make yourself seen and make your intentions clear. The Indik8a is a system designed to help when it comes to making changes in direction.

Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show returns later this month with brand new Electric in Motion area

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from the 18 – 23 February 2020. Brand new for 2020 is Electric in Motion, an innovative area where visitors can ride in style on some of the most cutting-edge electric ride-ons.

The world is a frustrating place today. Full of people pretending prejudice is a worthwhile opinion. People being more interested in what others are doing and getting enraged about that rather than trying to improve things for themselves. People who think that their knowledge, procured watching Top Gear, The One Show and the fat liar on GMTV is as valid as someone who has studied evidence from opposing viewpoints and come to an informed opinion.

I try to stay away from a lot of this and cycling is my escape and blessed relief but sadly the stench of self righteous, whilst always there, has now become a risk to my sanity. Cycling is in danger of becoming another outlet of middle aged ire and rage and I can't just step aside and let it happen. Not on my watch.

Slight confession to start this review with. It's way, way overdue. I've had these socks since the beginning of Spring but I've not reviewed them. In my defence there is a very valid reason for this. I can never find them. I'm constantly having to buy new hosiery. Seriously once I got myself 6 pairs exactly the same. Yellow and resplendent  with the Lion of Flanders. Within 3 weeks I was down to one. They still occasionally turn up but not with any consistency. Some people have a sock drawer. I have odd sock bedroom set.

After 10 miles, I knew I was going to finish this. As I stood on the start line at 6 in the morning, terrified, doubtful and teary, I talked myself into taking each mile as it came. It was all a win after the previous 8 months, I had nothing to prove. But to me I did, this was my target as I lay injured and broken. This is what I'd gone through the unimaginable agony of  the manipulation of my wrist without pain relief and the hurt and frustration of physio, for. After 10 miles I knew I was going to do it.

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