• Nice of them to write it down really

    Screw The Rules I: Vanity

    There’s no guide to the world of cycling manners quite like Velominati’s The Rules. Great though it is, it’s also a little bonkers. And rules were made to be broken… There’s nothing quite like being told what to do or how to behave to rile you up and, in some cases, persuade you to let […]



  • Christmas List Ideas For Greedy Cyclists

    Christmas List Ideas For Greedy Cyclists

    Christmas is all about giving. Or family. Or peace on earth. Either way, it wouldn't be so bad unwrapping some of these cycling goodies on the 25th December.  Buying presents for a cyclist isn't as easy as it looks. A serious[...]
    The Upgrade Column: A wheel conundrum

    The Upgrade Column: A wheel conundrum

    One of the most effective upgrades you can make to a bike is your wheels. But with so many options out there it's difficult to know what to choose - here's some thoughts on how to pick them.  When you buy[...]
    Hints and tips for riding the Alps

    Hints and tips for riding the Alps

    Mark Stephens, author of two books on how to prepare for some of the world's toughest amateur sportives, shares his hints and tips on surviving next year's Étape. This year I managed to finish the L'Étape du Tour from Pau to Hautacam,[...]
    The madness of Everesting

    The madness of Everesting

    There’s a strange trend that’s gathered a frightening amount of momentum in the world of cycling called Everesting that I just can’t get my head around. The idea is to ride the vertical equivalent of Mount Everest in a single[...]
    London to Brighton - Cycling Capital to Coast

    London to Brighton - Cycling Capital to Coast

    Why not get away from it all and pop down to the coast? The leisurely jaunt down to the seaside might not be one for the pros, but it makes for a rewarding ride. It’s a bit of a cliché for[...]
    The punishing road ahead: 2015 Étape du Tour

    The punishing road ahead: 2015 Étape du Tour

    With the route for next year's Étape sportive unveiled, riders will pit themselves against the Alps' meanest peaks. We preview one of the biggest sportives of 2015. This week the route of the 2015 Tour de France was announced and while[...]
    Are you ready for your first long cycle ride?

    Are you ready for your first long cycle ride?

    On the verge of going on your first long ride but feeling nervous? Well get on your bike and get out there. But maybe have a read of this first... Just call me the doctor because today we’re running a clinic[...]
    Following the pros: RideLondon-Surrey Classic

    Following the pros: RideLondon-Surrey Classic

    A free Saturday offered the opportunity to follow the wheels of the pros by tackling the Surrey portion of last month's Classic. Having two young kids, it's sometimes difficult to find the time to get out for long rides - it[...]
    Surrey Classic route (cheat’s version)

    Surrey Classic route (cheat’s version)

    The sportive route that runs through the Surrey heartland is worthy of the name 'classic'. But for those looking for a simpler cycle ride... There are few contours embedded in the culture of the capital’s weekend warriors like the Surrey Hills.[...]
    Training for L'Étape du Tour: Five tips

    Training for L'Étape du Tour: Five tips

    Training to ride a stage of the 2014 Tour de France taught me a few things. Here's some tips for preparing for a challenging cycle sportive.   Getting ready to ride the 2014 Étape du Tour was by turns challenging and hugely[...]