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    Why you need to wear less clothing…

    Stop over-heating on the bike. Read More

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    Etape Caledonia 2014 Review

    Did you ride it? Find out what it was like… Read More

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    Choosing a bike – what bike do I ride?

    Confused about bike choices, so was I – find out which bikes I ride and why… read more

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    Group Riding Skills..

    What you need to know.. read more

When I started road cycling I was lucky – I could already ride a bike (or so I thought) and I had two experts to guide me through..

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Inspiration to ride sportifs in the mountains

I posted a blog yesterday about the challenges I had set myself for 2015 to keep myself motivated to keep cycling through the winter. Thanks to all of you who responded on Facebook with details of you inspiring challenges for 2015, it’s very motivating to hear from you.   Read more →

Dates for the diary 2015

A little while ago I mentioned I needed a new challenge to set my sights on and keep me motivated to keep fit. It is easy to stop going out on the bike in winter and I have found I don’t mind setting off if it’s cold and dry but cold and wet starts have me hankering for my duvet so basically I need something to terrify me into action.

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Would these five changes actually help cyclists?

An interesting article on the BBC News Magazine written by Tom Heyden, explores the latest research and opinion on the following five cycling issues:   Read more →

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Going Off-Road And Why To Buy From A Bike Shop

I just bought a new bike. And I didn’t even want one. Well that’s not strictly true, every cyclist is supposed to be permanently dreaming of their next purchase and mine was supposed to be a carbon road bike. But I have just bought what the makers call a “gravel bike”.

My husband recently bought a cyclo cross bike as he decided he wanted to go cycling off road again. When he first started cycling with his local club 30 years ago they used to cycle over the Cotswolds on their road bikes. (The mind boggles.)  And that meant I had to buy one too otherwise he would be going off road on his own. I wasn’t averse to this but I was persuaded that it would be good for my bike handling skills to join him. Plus I thought if had an extra training session per week he would get fitter than me and I would then never be able to keep up with him.   Read more →