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!
I've managed to get a few rides in this summer. Unlike a lot of people I actually adore the heat. I think I'm actually part lizard and out on the bike the feeling of the sum on my skin is pretty close to my idea of heaven. Of course with all this sun it's been the perfect chance to test out some sunglasses including the striking Aeromax from French company Bolle.
There's an age old debate amongst road cyclists about sartorial elegance. Should kit match? Obviously one doesn't want to mix up colours and cause a clash thus looking a fool, but should brands be mixed? A lot of cyclists don't believe they should and I've started to come around to the idea especially when the Craft Monument MSR set landed on my doorstep.
The UK's cycling awareness week, Bike Week 2018, takes place from 9th - 17th June and encourages everyone to hop on a bike and get out on two wheels, via a range of events taking place across the country.
London’s coolest cycling event - MR PORTER Nocturne - will be held on 9th June from 2pm - 10pm. The event is popular with cycling enthusiasts of all levels, including Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy.
Sunglasses are important. In one of my former incarnations as a wannabe rock singer I put my failure to make the big time down to a lack of decent shades. It had nothing to do with the rise of grunge or a lack of talent but my sunglasses. Amazingly these days as a cyclist I rediscovered the importance of the correct eyewear and not just for looking good but also to protect the eyes. Who knew? Anyway over the years I've been through a few pairs until about 5 years ago whilst flush with the redundancy payout of a different incarnation I purchased a premium pair which were just about perfect I thought so when the Smith Optics Attack Max arrived for test they had a lot to be compared to.