My name is Pete Linsley and I quite like cycling.
It sits comfortably in my top three or four favourite things.
It’s right up there with eating, breathing, and Taylor Phinney.
When I write about pro-cycling it’s usually the stuff that might be happening off camera.
For example: Chris Froome’s part time job, the riddle that is Alejandro Valverde, or Mark Cavendish’s use of the word ‘super’ every time he reveals his state of mind: super-happy, super disappointed, super-excited etc.
There’s also the world of real life cycling; the weather, the roads, the excitement, the suffering, the mocking, the kit, the bikes, and the not-taking-ourselves-too-seriously-if-we-can-possibly-help-it.
Sometimes they notice.
I also review kit. Often these are samples provided by the kit supplier which I don’t pay for. I thought it was important to be clear about that. I try to give an honest opinion of any kit I review. I always look for the positives but if a product has flaws I will point those out. It would be wrong not to.