Editorials

We don't buy into products, We buy into experiences.

When I was 13 I decided I was going to have 3 cars when I grew up. A sports car, a 4x4 and a camper van and in my mind…
February 25, 2018

We don't buy into products, We buy into experiences.

When I was 13 I decided I was going to have 3 cars when I…

Blogs

Reeks District: Ireland’s Adventure Playground with Jessie Leong

‘How do you pronounce Carrauntoohil?’ ‘Karen-toole’ replied Piaras, mountain guide from Kerry Climbing. ‘It means inverted sickle, a serrated knife-edge. Just look at the ridge behind you.’
December 03, 2018

Reeks District: Ireland’s Adventure Playground with Jessie Leong

‘How do you pronounce Carrauntoohil?’ ‘Karen-toole’ replied Piaras, mountain guide from Kerry Climbing. ‘It means…

Outdoor Guides

Down Time - What you need to know before you buy your down jacket

When it comes to selecting an insulated jacket it makes sense to have a look how insulation it works and with just a basic grasp of the essential principles you'll…
October 19, 2018

Down Time - What you need to know before you buy your down jacket

When it comes to selecting an insulated jacket it makes sense to have a look…
December 22, 2019

Skin Up to and Ski Off the Cairngorm

For a while now I have wanted to ski tour, finally I managed to get the gear together to be able to! So I headed for the Cairngorm, I had…
August 15, 2019

Albert and being Sustainable.

What connects a tiny patch of snow in Scotland to a Blackpool pub and landslides in the Alps? Henry Iddon pulls the threads together in a guest Editorial on sustainability.
July 17, 2019

The post-industrial landscapes of Snowdonia's slate industry are being re-imagined as a leisure resource

For a period of over 150 years the landscape of Snowdonia, and particularly the western side from Bethesda to Blaenau Ffestiniog was dominated by a brutal, industrial, visage of dark…
June 05, 2019

Wild camping - is it time for a conversation?

Wild camping isn't something we're used to seeing make the national papers, it's something we tend to whisper about in public; seen as illegal but widespread with enlightened national park…
May 28, 2019

Freedom of the Hills - but will the snow last

In 2018 I visited the Cairngorms to write and photograph a feature for the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Summit’ magazine. The piece was about using eMTBs to access the steep skiing…
May 21, 2019

What future for hill wakers in the BMC as reports say departing hill walking officer may not be replaced

When the BMC proposed a name change to Climb Britain a couple of years ago the result was a membership meltdown the likes of which the organisation hadn't seen since…
December 17, 2018

GB Climbing teams in chaos over funding and communications failures

With the 2018/19 UIAA ice climbing Combined World Championships kicking off in Moscow the GB Ice Climbing Team is in a state of chaos, with suspensions, funding issues and serious…
Stu Thomas

Stu Thomas

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.

Action-packed ‘Capital of the Alps‘ Innsbruck has secured its unique place on the international mountain bike competition circuit until 2022.

Organisers of the Crankworx World Tour have confirmed the city as the only European stop for the elite gravity mountain bike festival in June 2020, 2021 and 2022.

It joins Rotorua, New Zealand and Whistler, Canada in welcoming the world’s top adrenaline junkie mountain bike professionals competing in the disciplines of Whip-Off, Pumptrack, Dual Speed and Style, Dual Slalom, Slopestyle and Downhill.

 Crankworx Slopestyle  Innsbruck Tourismus Stefan Voitl

Peter Unsinn, Head of Market Management at Innsbruck Tourism, said: “Innsbruck is delighted to secure its place as the only European stop on the international Crankworx tour.

This is the third year we have hosted Crankworx at our spectacular Bikepark Innsbruck venue - playing host to more than 600 competitors from 26 countries, along with 22,000 visitors - and we anticipate the event will grow even further over the next three years.“

The honour is testament to Innsbruck’s amazing reputation as a top European biking city with nine world-class trails, a kids‘ and beginners‘ park, pump track, dual slalom track and Dirtpark, with further trails set to be created.“

For information about the Crankworx World Tour visit www.crankworx.com

Crankworx Innsbruck is just ten minutes from Innsbruck Airport, with direct flights to the city from major UK airports.  For information about staying in Innsbruck, visit www.innsbruck.info/en.

Cycling helmets have certainly moved on from when I was tearing up the streets on my Raleigh Burner or 10 speed Falcon Rapier. Back then skid lids looked like leather sausages held together by a piece of string masquerading as chin strap. Sartorial elegance, they were not and I don't even remember that many pros wearing them. Hinault looked cool in his aviators, badger thatch luxurious on his Breton Noggin and Fignon with his metal geek glasses and blonde flowing pony tail was as elegant as you'd ever see. Even my fellow ADHDer Greg Lemond with his just got out of a bed in a wind tunnel in a fun fair do looked better than leather sausage heads. In the last couple of decades modern technology has changed this. Helmets have become nice looking, light, aero, and comfortable. No whatever your reason for not wearing one, looking stupid isn't a factor. Today helmets can be purchased at as little as £10. The Smith Trace however is way more at £200. Is this justified? I tested it to find out.

Sunday, 11 August 2019 10:46

Nikwax Base Fresh : Tested and Reviewed

I seem to spend half my life extolling the virtues of using the right stuff in cleaning and maintaing kit. Why spend hundreds of quid on a super technical, space age piece of clothing and chuck it in the machine with pants, sock and towels to be cleaned by enzymes and nasty chemicals. If you wash your active clothing in the correct manner it can last you years. There is one issue though. The washes needed are of course very mild so sometimes that favourite baselayer. You know the one that you always reach for first, can build up a bit of an odour. Especially if you leave in your kit bag for a couple of weeks, or 3 months due to injury. Sometimes you need something a bit more

Prudential RideLondon today (Wednesday) announced a brand new partnership with Thames Water with a goal to be the largest mass participation cycling event to become single-use plastic water bottle free.

Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling and will see more than 100,000 people take to their bikes on the traffic free roads of London and Surrey over the weekend of the 3 & 4 August.

I'll admit I have actually watched Love Island. In my defence I've a teenage daughter, but I've been fascinated by the sheer array of ludicrous sunglasses on display. I'm assuming they get provided by sponsors of the show because there's no way anybody would where them otherwise would they? I mean the only people that usually wear ridiculously oversized glasses are cyclists and the rules state they shouldn't be worn off the bike anyway. Going back to the point of this review, I do like my shades and was only too happy to take up the chance to review the Smith Attack glasses.

Innsbruck, Austria, June 12, 2019 - Like the eagle on Austria's coat of arms, wings outstretched, some of the best riders in the world have taken flight, launching Day 1 of Crankworx Innsbruck 2019

SMITH is excited to announce the renewal of its partnership with Team Cinelli for the 2019 season. With riders from all over the world racing in the most prestigious fixed gear criteriums across Europe, USA and Asia, Team Cinelli athletes will be proudly wearing Smith’s new Trace helmet this season, along with the Attack Max interchangeable sunglasses from the brand’s VELOCITY Collection of performance eyewear.

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