“Familiarity can blind us to the wonders that surround us,” I told one of my two riding companions from the United States a few years ago.
In recent weeks I have been lucky enough to work in the Alps and Dolomites where the mountain passes offer a real vertical challenge for cyclists wanting to scale their heights.
The cycling commentator Phil Liggett is never short of an idiom to describe the sport of cycling.
Why is it that the promotion of diversity in our society creates such strong reactions from many?
It is estimated that, in 2017, counterfeit sales of products reached over $1 trillion, making it the largest illegal enterprise in the world. Criminals are making big money on the back of stolen ideas and fake products that lure the consumer in with their unbelievable price-tags.
I recently worked as a chaperone rider on a big charity event. Sixty riders were pedalling over 200 miles from Westminster Bridge in London to Brussels in two days in 35C heat.
A wise man once said: “It’s good to question your practice often. The moment you stop questioning is the moment you get it wrong.”
Cycling is an activity that requires lots of good fuel to keep our bodies functioning over long rides. Although the term ‘bonk’ may induce sniggers among many, for cyclists and other endurance athletes bonking can be quite a serious situation and is the term used to describe the point where you have exhausted your body’s glycogen stores and becoming hypoglycaemic.
In the current climate (no pun intended) of environmental activism and for everyone to be seen as doing their bit, we don’t always consider the deeper impact of our general daily lives.
Ever since the 1870s the humble bicycle has played a role in the emancipation of women and had an impact on their lives. For example, in its early days, the bicycle was used to make a statement about women’s rights and roles in the world as they were freed from whalebone corsets and long skirts.