ragtime cyclist

cycling, pro cycling, and the bits inbetween

How to buy a bike (part 1)

As anyone who has ever found themselves in the fortunate position of shopping for a new bike will confirm, this glorious state of affairs can easily descend into a dangerous … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get

Because I’m British, I have an obsession with the weather. I make no excuses for that. In fact in these parts, the weather is the conversation starter/small talk of choice; … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 5 Comments

A Belgian bike ride to Scronkey

As a two-or-three-times-a-week kind of cyclist, it’s fair to say that I know my way around the back lanes of coastal Lancashire pretty well; in fact, were you to blindfold … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · 9 Comments

Corporate team building for cyclists (or, the power of play)

There are three words that strike fear and panic into the heart of anyone who has ever spent any time working in an office (no, not ‘coffee machine broken’, it’s … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

How to do absolutely nothing

‘Live for the moment’, we’re told. ‘Don’t dwell on the past’, the sensible advice tells us. ‘Don’t look back in anger’, as Noel Gallagher and Oasis were forever reminding me … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

High winds and words of wisdom

In my experience the metronomic rhythm of a long ride with friends does a great job of promoting conversation, chatter, gossip and the gentle mocking of those you choose to … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 5 Comments

Steady Rollin’ Man

Now that winter is almost upon us I find it’s time to grease the bearings on my rollers, lay them down on the kitchen floor, and rack up some evening … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 7 Comments

Mental Bike Shopping

I’ve been doing a bit of mental bike shopping recently. What I mean is, I’m in the market for a new bike. Or, more accurately, I’m in the market for … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 11 Comments

High stakes, dodgy metaphors and Oleg Tinkoff

If you’re a fan of pro-cycling you will have become increasingly aware of Oleg Tinkoff, the wealthy Russian financier and boss of Alberto Contador’s Tinkoff-Saxo team. He is, shall we … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

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