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Getting the better of Mont Ventoux on a bike

May 12 2018

I’m always amazed at the range of emotions I go through when I’m riding my bike. This was amply demonstrated last week when I got an opportunity to cycle on Mont Ventoux – Le Géant de Provence. At an altitude of 1909 metres this mountain towers above everything else around it.

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Keeping the social side of cycling in motion

April 21 2018

Even just 10 years ago cycling was a very different beast. As with all areas of life, technology has taken us to unprecedented realms that might seem helpful, but I believe there remains a little part of our soul that yearns for the romance of riding our bikes – a connection that transcends the electronic interference creeping into our everyday rides.

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Make sure you get your daily quota of cycling quotes

April 14 2018

If you were to type a search on the internet for “quotes” you would be inundated with millions of pages all dedicated to excerpts of phrases that inspire, ridicule and among other things paraphrase the human condition. A similar search for “cycling quotes” throws up nearly 18 million results. There is obviously something about quotes that we find inspirational; social media is full of them, we print them on T-shirts and posters and even tattoo them on our bodies.

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Let Sport Relief inspire your own personal cycling challenge

March 24 2018

Over seven days I have been lucky enough to be involved in three Sport Relief events: riding with Zoe Ball from Blackpool to Brighton; with Alex Jones and four mums for the One Show Mother of All Challenges and the Radio One DJ, Greg James, as he resumed his previously aborted Pedal to the Peaks. It all added up to a distance of 541 miles and a dizzying 26,713ft of ascent.

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Go pro-spotting next time you’re cycling in the Canary Islands

March 17 2018

I was lucky enough to spend the last five weeks guiding cyclists in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Before you get too jealous, the Canary Islands were experiencing some of their worst weather in years with high winds, torrential rain and enough snow to block roads. It got to the point where I was looking forward to coming home and getting some decent weather – I arrived in Scotland just in time for the Beast from the East to make its appearance.

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It’s never too late to learn some new cycling skills

February 24 2018

Over the last nine weeks I’ve looked at various cycling related activities that if you haven’t already done so, you might want to stick on your “to-do” list for 2018. It is of course a subjective list and open to personal opinion, so feel free to ignore any or all of my suggestions. Ultimately, if you are out on your bike and doing something you love, then there should be no higher purpose in cycling.

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