I’ve been lucky enough to spend part of January and most of February cycling in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Both are fantastic venues for winter training as the weather is generally warm (although in 2018 we had snow) and the roads are mostly good.
A few weeks ago in this column I lamented the absence of a woman’s version of the Tour de France. I had just finished typing the piece, and no sooner had I pressed “send” with my copy winging its way to Courier HQ than I received a press release notification of a Women’s Tour of Scotland.
At the start of this century, Memphis USA was near the top of every negative chart index: obesity, violent crime, poverty and poor education. It was also voted as one of the country’s worst cities for cycling. Then in 2010, the 6.7 mile Greenline was opened.
The Bike Station, as its website declares, recycles donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices, and then use the proceeds to help people across Scotland get cycling. It is a commitment that suits Perth Bike Station manager, Mark Sinclair, down to the ground.
Carbon bike frames and electronic gear shifting: it seems that technology has moved the sport of cycling far from the days when someone like Eugène Christophe rode a heavy, single-geared bike and had to repair his broken steel frame himself at a nearby blacksmith.
Can our urban environment be planned to be more inclusive for all cyclists?
If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’ll know I’m a passionate advocate for getting young people active and involved in sporting competition. The reasons for this are obvious, but I also believe getting them involved in sport at an early age goes far beyond mere health benefits.
Could the first UCI combined cycling World Championships be heading to Glasgow in 2023?
I love riding my bike with other people; there is a certain sense of shared adventure and camaraderie knowing that the people you are with just get it.
Off-Road CC recently voted Scotland’s own Strathpuffer mountain bike endurance race, which takes place next weekend near Contin, as one of the 11 toughest mountain bike or gravel events in the world. Alongside it are events such as the Tour Divide, The Yak Attack and another Scottish event, the Highland Trail 550.