Author Archives: Kieran Smith

Five Different Ways Cyclists are Using Strava

Before you get into this – did you know you can join us on strava! Maligned by many for encouraging competitive riding on public roads, the fitness tracking app Strava has the ability to turn even the most ordinary ride into a race. But not everyone uses the app in quite the same way, or […]

Vive le Yorkshire! The Route of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

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The Tour de France comes to Yorkshire, 2014. Photo by Bryan Ledgard. Yorkshire, the proudest of English regions, a county that is home to some of the most sublime landscapes England has to offer, and a place that has managed to attract more than a few international events to its humble borders. The 2014 visit […]

Festive Bike Rides 2017 // ‘Tis the Season to be Cycling

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When the family are snuggled on the sofa watching Christmas TV, you can be out on the frozen roads, tyres scorching the streets in the cold air, icy snot like crystals on your chin.   Ah, Christmas, the season of sitting around over-eating whilst your bike sits lonely and unloved in the garage….But before cabin […]

The Belgian Beard Ban – Cyclists and Their Hair

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In a move that will the ruffle the facial feathers of hipsters everywhere, riders with beards have been banned from a Belgian team. ‘Snot and leftovers’ were cited as the reason for this controversial move by Walter Planckaert, leader of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise. A former professional road racer himself, he claims he is taking this measure to […]

Cyclo-curious? Why Not Try the Cyclo Cross Experience

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The nights are cooling down. the days are getting shorter, and the evening air is crisp and tinged with smoke. For many cyclists, autumn marks a time away from the bike, a welcome lull after an intense summer of training. But while some are slipping into an end of season break, others are gearing up […]

Fed up of Riding the Kerb? Claim Your Space in Scotland’s First Road Cycling Park

The trouble with road biking, is that it happens on the road… A road that is usually full of cars, buses, and unpredictable scaffolding trucks with great big poles jutting dangerously out the back….or is that just my neighbourhood? I’m not bragging about my fitness when I say that the most tiring aspect of my fourteen […]

The Secret Sauce To Centenarian Cyclist Success

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“I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left. Otherwise I would have gone faster…”   Next time you feel like giving up on a hard ride, remember that this is the fighting talk of a 105 year-old man! If anyone needs a reminder of their limits, or their perceived limits, […]

Isle of Man or Isle of Gods? How Can a Population of Just 80,000 Produce so Many World-class Cyclists?

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June of this year saw the Isle of Man host the the biggest date in the British road race calendar: The British National Road Race Championships. For many, this was a symbolic return to a place that belongs at the forefront of world cycling. But what is it about this tiny self-governed island that forges […]