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Electric bikes take the hard work out of cycling

June 10 2017

Sitting in a café last week, mid-ride, the owner asked how far we were cycling today. I replied nonchalantly: “60 miles”. She smiled and said she could never cycle that far. When I told her she would be surprised how far she could actually cycle if she built up to it to, she replied that she had thought about getting an electric bike (e-bike), but hadn’t pursued this as she thought it was cheating.

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I like to ride my bicycle…

May 27 2017

When I run a school cycling session I always start the session with a bike safety “M” check – the systematic check follows the line of an “M” from the front wheel to the back.

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The female cyclist who wouldn’t take no for an answer

April 29 2017

I have written before about the lack of representation of women cyclists in the media. Professional cycling, and road racing in particular, is no better in its attitude to women's cycling. The women’s equivalent of races such as the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia are haphazard and under-supported by media, sponsorship and by cycling’s governing body, the UCI. Just this year the women’s Tour de France has been cancelled due to race scheduling conflicts.

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What’s in a name: the serious side of cycling

April 22 2017

The differences between mountain bikers and road cyclists are many. For a start, the nouns “biker” and “cyclist” tend to fit more with mountain and road respectively – after all, it’s not often, if at all, you hear of “mountain cyclists”.

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The future of cycling has youth on its side

April 8 2017

The Youth Tour of Scotland road race returns to Perthshire this weekend for its sixth year. The event is based at Strathallan School and gives young riders a rare opportunity to compete over four stages competing with the best youth riders from across the UK.

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Racing on grass keeps cyclists on track

April 1 2017

Some of my most enjoyable experiences racing on a bike have been at grass track races at highland games. The racing is fast and no-holds-barred when on the track, but off the track the atmosphere is welcoming with a great sense of camaraderie. Many of the riders have being doing the highland games circuit for years.

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Climb every mountain

March 18 2017

Part of the fun – quite a big part to be honest – of riding a bike is going downhill. But cycling is an activity that demands payment in effort and sweat before it relinquishes the pleasures of gravity. There are of course ways to cheat the burden of gradient by getting a vehicle to take you to the top, but then as my teachers at school were very fond of saying: “You would only be cheating yourself”.