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Mountain biking: it’s a long way to the top

June 9 2018

As you ascend a mountain the air becomes less compressed and thinner, making it harder to breathe. At 5,359 metres above sea level the air pressure is 50% less than at sea level, which makes breathing even more difficult – not exactly prime conditions for cycling uphill.

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I like to ride my bicycle – cycling for pleasure

June 2 2018

I recently watched a video by world-renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz who famously photographed John Lennon on the day he was assassinated. She was talking about her work and one thing she said really struck me: “I’m not a technical photographer... If that’s what you’re thinking about then you’re not taking photographs”.

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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.