The Hour: Proof even pro cyclists get nervous

On Thursday, we watched a sporting event come back to life. Like a pink lipped Disney Princess begging to be revived, The Hour has been lying dormant since 2005. Since that attempt was a stand alone ride completed by a known doper, then we can call the real last performance one of 2000 – madeContinue reading “The Hour: Proof even pro cyclists get nervous”

Bike racing doesn’t always favour the bold (but it’ll be worth it when it does)

I don’t think I set any really specific goals for myself this season. I was too busy trying to see if I could get a bit better at sprinting, and attempting to launch a women’s cycling team (club, thing). The sprinting went ok, actually – I’ll never get to the top step in an all-outContinue reading “Bike racing doesn’t always favour the bold (but it’ll be worth it when it does)”

Goal setting and goal scoring (on a bike)

I began the 2017 season with a clear set of three goals. As in targets: no balls or nets involved. The focused approach came largely thanks to Dr Josie Perry, who suggested we work together on a series of sports psychology articles – using me as the guinea pig and my bike riding as theContinue reading “Goal setting and goal scoring (on a bike)”

Road, Track and Press Trips: Nine Highlights of 2016

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock (or actually, not using Instagram, which is perhaps more likely) – the Instagram Top Nine is a New Years craze where you ask an app to select your nine most ‘popular’ Instagram pictures (the ones with the most likes), creating a collage for you to show offContinue reading “Road, Track and Press Trips: Nine Highlights of 2016”

Calais to the Pyrenees, Mont Ventoux and back again

  Writing up a report of ‘what I did on my holidays’ over the journey back has become a tradition. Otherwise how would I remember the details of my first trip to the Pyrenees (Aug 2010!), the touring expedition Maurice and I shared in Northern France, or our Tuscan Honeymoon road trip? This time, theContinue reading “Calais to the Pyrenees, Mont Ventoux and back again”

SCCU 25: Chicken Dinner All Round (and round and round the roundabout)

A quick one – because – well, how much can you say about riding up and down a dual carriageway? (A LOT actually if you really want to – for evidence check this one..) After a few weekends of so-so results at crit races, it was nice to have a little success at the SouthernContinue reading “SCCU 25: Chicken Dinner All Round (and round and round the roundabout)”

5 of the best books for cyclists

I do love to ride my bike – of course I do – but unfortunately I don’t have the stamina to ride ALL the time, so sometimes settling down with a good book is the next best thing. There are some amazing books out there written by cyclists who have done incredible things. Appreciation of literature,Continue reading “5 of the best books for cyclists”

The Sufferfest Session selector: Which one is for you?

I do love a little bit of The Sufferfest. If you’re following a coach-prescribed plan (as I will be from Monday!) then training in a room lit only by the TV/computer screen, eyes off the data reader, and letting the video dictate your efforts, probably isn’t ideal. But there are some winter days, when it’sContinue reading “The Sufferfest Session selector: Which one is for you?”

Cyclocross World Cup, Koksijde – sand, frites and Leffe

Yesterday myself and a group of Redhillites took a trip over to Koksijde, in Belgium, to watch the Cyclocross World Cup in all its cheesy music (Bella Italia was by favourite..), Frites and Leffe glory. An 8am ferry to Dieppe meant a 5am start, but plenty of coffee, and the promise of Belgium waffles (whichContinue reading “Cyclocross World Cup, Koksijde – sand, frites and Leffe”