Col du Joux Plane

A Frenchman on my wheel

As I pedalled recently through the mountains of alpine France I discovered a sure fire way to tell if a fellow cyclist is a Frenchman or not. It’s got nothing to do with the polite ‘bonjour’ as you pass each other on the road, and everything to do with the amount of writing on their…

View from the Col du Galibier
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Ragtime cyclist is away…

With a bit of luck, as you read these very words, I should be grinding my way up some impossibly beautiful French col with the promise of a decent coffee and an ice cold lemonade at the top. If I’m really lucky the alpine sun might be beating down too, and I’ll be having the…

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Review – Torq Sports Nutrition

I wrote recently, with tongue only slightly in cheek, that garibaldi biscuits dipped in salted caramel sauce might just be the greatest source of sports nutrition in the known universe. They do say that variety is the spice of life though, so I like to mix it up from time to time. The fact is,…

Tour de France 2016 Stage 11
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Tour de France spoiler alert!

We live in the age of information. As a cycling fan, for three weeks in July, if something momentous happens on a stage of the Tour de France it’s almost impossible to avoid hearing about it before you catch up with the evening highlights show. I watched the Bastille Day stage on Mont Ventoux live…

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Facebook, we have a problem

The world is slowly being split into two. Views are becoming polarized, grey areas are vanishing, and you’re either with ‘em, or against ‘em. This has been happening for a while and became crystallized here in the UK with the Brexit vote. I blame Facebook. Although actually, if I remember rightly, all this began with…

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Smooth stylists and ugly ducklings

Tim Wellens is a name that might only be familiar to a committed pro-cycling fan. The slender Belgian is not one of the sport’s superstars, but is a talented and increasingly successful all-rounder; in 2016 to date he has won a stage at the Giro d’Italia (arguably the second most prestigious race of the year,…

The pro peloton

The long and short of a bike race

It seems to be the turn of pro-cycling at the moment. The question being asked is:”what can we do to improve it as a spectacle?” The same question was asked of cricket a few years back and the answer they came up with was “make it shorter”. This brought about twenty-twenty cricket, which in itself…

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Kit Review – Stelvio Jersey by Breva

Stelvio Jersey – €125 As a cyclist living in northern Lancashire, in England, I have a lot to be grateful for. With some of the best cycling in the country on my doorstep, and even more just a short hop across either border into Cumbria and Yorkshire, I’m not short of choice. What we don’t…

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The sound of silence

I wrote recently about the nagging annoyance of a noisy bike, and that sweet relief that comes once you finally diagnose and fix it – glorious, mechanical, Italian made-silence. Now, before you start recommending a good therapist, or singing the praises of the Samaritans, don’t worry; my bike is still (at the time of writing)…

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Bike race for sale

As we all know, the Tour de France is the biggest bike race in the world. Not the best, necessarily, but definitely the biggest. It has the top riders, the highest viewing figures, the most colourful history, and a whole village full of media coverage and corporate schmoozing following it around the country. If nothing else,…