Author Archives: Christine Bertram

Essential Kit List for Beginner Cyclists & Runners

all the gear no idea

If you’re a beginner cyclist or runner (or both) then you need to avoid some common mistakes including buying the cheapest thing available, and at the other end of the scale becoming the “all the gear, no idea” dude or dudette. Here are some top tips to get you started… Set yourself a budget and […]

How To Survive The Tour Of Flanders

Last weekend was the spectacle that is the Tour of Flanders (or how the locals call it the Ronde van Vlaanderen or just the Ronde). Apparently, the viewing rate of Fabian Cancellara’s third win was 85% and I’d hazard a guess that the remainder were along the course or watched on big screens, just as […]

Lance Armstrong – The Marmite of Cycling

Few people have divided the opinions of the cycling world in recent times, and quite possibly ever, as Lance Armstrong has. Where usually a veritable rainbow of opinions emerges, in his case seemingly, there aren’t even 50 shades of grey. It’s black or white, love or hate. Like Marmite. Yet, while I have a very […]

When things go wrong…

As promised last week, I’ll tackle the first question that was asked. This one came from Victoria on Twitter and she wanted to know: What do you do when things go wrong? The very short answer actually comes from the boy scouts: always be prepared. However, there are different kinds of ‘preparedness’: physical, mental and […]

Climbing out of a black hole

No, I’ve not rewritten the laws of Physics. Though, who wouldn’t mind a cheeky Nobel Prize? No, this is about a different sort of black hole. Last weekend, I did an 18 mile trail race. It’s a distance I have never done before. It was a completely new experience and a big challenge and my […]