• I'm a cyclist, so why do I ski?

    I'm a cyclist, so why do I ski?

    Skiing presents me with a problem. I'm useless at it. My normal tactic to hide my ineptness at an activity Read More
  • Zero to Hero: Learning to ski in Switzerland's Aletsch Arena

    Zero to Hero: Learning to ski in Switzerland's Aletsch Arena

    It all looks so easy on Ski Sunday, gliding effortlessly and carving turns like a computer controlled precision instrument. The Read More
  • Val di Fassa, Canazei and Skiing the Sella Ronda

    Val di Fassa, Canazei and Skiing the Sella Ronda

    First of all a confession. When I got the call about going to Canazei and experiencing skiing the Sella Ronda, Read More
  • Put a Spring in your Step (or Skis)

    Put a Spring in your Step (or Skis)

    I'm starting to fall more and more in love with skiing. When you get that flow and build up speed Read More
  • The Chalet Experience in The Diamond of the Alps

    The Chalet Experience in The Diamond of the Alps

    As I've become a more accomplished practitioner of sliding down hills on planks with a dramatic flourish on stopping at Read More
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Stu Thomas

Stu Thomas

A former bank worker now working for a major national outdoor company Stu is an avid mountain and road cyclist and tests kit for MyOutdoors around the BreconBeacons and South Wales. As a member of South Wales Mountaineering Club stu, along with partner Julie (who also tests for us) also both climbs and walks. When not tearing up mountain bike trails Stu can be found on the road either commuting by bike or taking part in muscle draining sportives in the Peak District.

With his retail experience and insight Stu is able to help us with real time buying trends and reviews based on a wide range of kit for comparisons. Stu has also started writing for MyOutdoors Blog, first documenting his "conversion" to a road cyclist and soon to be reliving some of his recent cycle tours that have taken in both the Balkans and Estonia/Latvia. You may even be able to pick him out in photos of wild camping in Magillicuddy's Reeks on the site - Stu gets around!

Preferred activities: Hillwalking ,mountain biking, road cyclingg, climbing, skiing

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 08:00

CrotchGuard: Tested and Reviewed

I enjoy testing products but one of the downsides is that (understandably) the PR companies and manufacturers want a quick turnaround in time for the coming season. Problem is how do you test a full on winter baselayer when it's 20 degrees outside. How can you test bike lights properly when it's mid summer and how can you properly test an important item like an anti- chafing lotion without it facing all the elements. So I've been testing Crotchguard for 6 months, through heatwaves, racing, on road, off road and even running.

Two amateur cyclists from Manchester are to take on the world’s toughest cycling challenge – Race Across America (RAAM) – in a bid to raise £125k for Prevent Breast Cancer.

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,

The ultimate sporting city of Innsbruck is preparing to shine in the spotlight as the world’s elite cyclists line up for this year’s most prestigious international challenge – the UCI World Championships.

The superstars of professional racing are under starter’s orders from September 22-30 in the Capital of the Alps and with an expected global TV audience of 200 million viewers, the Championships put Innsbruck in the limelight as a city destination for cyclists and sightseers alike.

And Innsbruck is ready to show just why it was chosen as the host city, with credentials to welcome cyclists from novices in the saddle right through to professionals seeking new challenges.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 20:37

Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival turns 45

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!

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 14:11

Bolle Aeromax: Tested and Reviewed

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.

A new 19-mile mass participation cycling event on traffic-free roads was launched on Wednesday as part of the Mayor of London's Prudential RideLondon 2018, the world's greatest festival of cycling, with 100,000 riders expected to participate in eight different events over the weekend of 28-29 July.

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Skiing News

  • Val di Fassa, Canazei and Skiing the Sella Ronda +

    First of all a confession. When I got the call about going to Canazei and experiencing skiing the Sella Ronda, Read More
  • Planes, Trains, Automobiles....and two planks of wood. 1st steps of a ski virgin +

    They say that the first time you take heroin you get a high so perfect you can spend your whole Read More
  • Berghaus introduce the Frendo high performance snow sports range +

    Berghaus has launched a new collection of waterproof and insulated ski clothing, combining the latest in outdoor materials innovation with Read More
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Skiing Reviews

  • Eider Solden 3 ski jacket tested and reviewed +

    Eider's Solden 3 jacket combines a classic look with the latest technology to provide a highly adjustable, breathable and waterproof, Read More
  • Berghaus Insulated Frendo Jacket Reviewed +

    Berghaus Insulated Frendo Jacket Price: £320 Colours: Black,Electric Green, Intense Blue / Blue Lemonade Weight: 2.49kg   The warmest waterproof in Read More
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