One aspect I consider when writing this column each week is that many readers will not necessarily be au fait with cycling terminology, so I aim to clarify any potential confusing words and phrases with a short explanation.
The cyclist, Raphaël Géminiani, said in 2013: “If the photo had not been taken then the legend would never have existed.”
My most recent cycle ride was a family affair and it ended up with more hiking than biking. The first part of the summer holidays had seen me working away from home and looking on jealously as friends posted pictures on social media of their family adventures.
I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in Bourg-Saint-Maurice (BSM) in the French Alps with my windows open and a hot breeze blowing as the thermometer tips 29 degrees.
Does cycling still appeal to the youth or is it now the preserve of the wealthy and middle-aged?
Mountains have always fascinated, intrigued and terrified me in equal measures. I have bookshelves groaning under the weight of tales of mountaineers, hillwalkers, and cyclists who have taken on the challenge of scaling the peaks, many successful, some unfortunately not so.
We use our bikes recreationally and competitively, but do we use them practically?
I have always known my limits when it comes to bike mechanics. And when I reach those limits, I am more than happy to take my trusty steed down to the local bike shop to get it repaired.
In a recent column I quoted JFK: “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
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.