ragtime cyclist

cycling, pro cycling, and the bits inbetween

It’s not easy being lean

Here’s the problem: To be a really good cyclist you’ve got to be lean. To get lean you’ve got to eat lean foods, and the really tasty foods are the … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 5 Comments

‘Tic’ here for quality hand-made cycling kit

Many years ago, cycling in the UK was very much a minority sport. The bikes were heavy, the kit was woollen, and the facial hair was encouraged to grow wild. … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 9 Comments

People Watching on the Puig Major

As I was reminded frequently on a recent trip to Majorca, there are times when we cyclists exhibit the kind of behaviour which, for a committed people watcher, could rival … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 9 Comments

What would Alejandro Valverde do?

Anyone who knows anything about the sport of cycling will tell you what a tactical sport it is; it’s as much about deals, dodgy alliances, and cunning, as it is … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shiny things and shark-fin saddles

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I reckon those marketing men are on to me. As revealed in my recent post, we cyclists are apparently the most materialistic of … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Who needs a memory when you’ve got a camera phone?

Some of my regular readers might find it hard to believe, but I have interests beyond cycling. Admittedly, finding the time to do justice to my cycling obsession and immerse … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Danger! Unprovoked Spider Attack!

A huge spider jumped out of one of our kitchen cupboards recently, in an apparently unprovoked attack on my wife. Living as we do here in the UK, the term … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 7 Comments

Lies, damned lies, statistics, and cyclists

Anyone with a passing interest in statistics, or Mark Twain, or even catchy one-liners for that matter, will have heard the phrase “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” The implication is … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 9 Comments

It’ll all end in tears

Call it what you want – a misjudgment, an amateur mistake, a schoolboy error. It was a cold and torrentially wet Sunday morning in April. A friend and I had … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 10 Comments

If it’s good enough for Thibaut Pinot…

There is an old Flemish proverb which says that “what is said when drunk has been thought out beforehand.” If I’m honest, it’s not the most poetic sounding pearl of … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 7 Comments

The Fog

I’ve been studiously avoiding riding in the wet recently, to preserve the newness of my new bike, but I hadn’t reckoned on the fog. When I say fog, we’re not … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

How to house-train a bike

Regular readers may have picked up on the fact that I recently acquired a new bike. When I say acquired, I mean bought, of course. ‘Acquired’ sounds like a euphemism … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 17 Comments

Wet cobbles and pre-race cuddles

Pro cycling is the self-styled ‘toughest sport in the world.’ Depending on who you ask there are plenty of other contenders for that particular title – boxing, mixed martial-arts, cross-country … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

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