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    Christmas Gifts For Cyclists 2019 Edition

    Christmas Gifts For Cyclists 2019 Edition

    Christmas is a wonderful time for cyclists. So many opportunities to give and receive gifts that will increase the love and passion for cycling. Whether you're a rider hoping to receive that all important and game changing upgrade this year, or you own a cyclist and you want to put a massive smile on their face come Christmas morning. 

    Our curated list below is based on the things we really want to receive this year, simple as that. We've split the list in categories and have tried to give a broad representation of price ranges to suit all. However, if you're ultimate gift is not included and you feel it should be, comment below or tell us on social media (@dirtywknd). Who knows, maybe your loved one will see it and be inspired!

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    Free Digme Fitness Week For Dirty Wknd Club Members

    Free Digme Fitness Week For Dirty Wknd Club Members

    From 4th - 11th Nov 2019, Dirty Wknd members will have access to a free Digme Fitness class anytime during that week. Read on below for more info...

    Indoor Cycling is a great way to keep your cycling fitness and form up all year round, but especially during the winter months. A 45 min class in the warm and dry can be a little bit more tempting than a 3 hour ride in the rain and, to be honest, it's probably going to do you more good as well.

    However, we're not talking about your average spin class here! Our partners Digme Fitness run the best indoor cycling classes in London, complete with useable and trackable data to gauge your improvements. The classes are road cycling specific and an incredible workout, and best of all they are accessible and open to anyone. Beginner cyclists benefit hugely from these types of classes as they are a great introduction to things like training with power, cadence and heart rate.

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    Autumn Cycling Kit Guide - What Do You Need For Cool Weather Riding!

    Autumn Cycling Kit Guide - What Do You Need For Cool Weather Riding!

    Cycling in summer is great. Wherever in the world you are, generally you don't need much kit. A pair of bib shorts, a lightweight jersey and some sun cream. You're all set. Conversely, cycling in deep winter is also fairly easy to do, kit wise. Put on all the layers you have, including that 1980s skiing balaclava of your Dad's, and off you go. You know it's going to be cold and/or wet, so you can prepare.

    What to do then when it's just a bit... meh? The autumn and spring months, especially in the UK, can be hugely changeable, making kit choice a bit of a nightmare. Not only that but the weather can change in either direction during the ride. You can be forgiven for thinking it's not worth riding in this weather, or taking all the kit you own with you (ah hello overheating, we've missed you!), however there are a staple few items that can save your autumn/spring ride. Read on below for our top tips on cool weather cycling kit:

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    Dirty Wknd Yorkshire World Championships 2019 Preview

    Dirty Wknd Yorkshire World Championships 2019 Preview

    Even the newest cyclist has heard ad infinitum that 'Yorkshire is the home of UK cycling'. Try as we might to fight it (I mean, have they ever even been to Box Hill), it is of course true. Thanks to the 2014 Tour de France, the wonderful scenery (God's own county and all that), and the passion and size of the crowds, Yorkshire really is a special place for a bike race. The 2014 Grand Depart was a seminal event in UK cycling, and the Tour de Yorkshire keeps getting better every year. Not only that but week in week out thousands of cyclists traverse the area in beautiful harmony. We've visited many times as a club and it's always been the people we've met on the (beautiful) roads that have made it such a great place to ride a bike.

    However, it's not just the size, passion and good old 'Yorkshireness' of the crowds that are going to come to define the World Championships of 2019, but the quality of racing. Starting on Saturday the 21st September, the under 23, junior, time trial and, for the first time ever, para cycling racing will culminate with the men's and women's road races on the 28th/29th Sept.

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    Red Bull Time Laps 2019 - Enter Now!

    Red Bull Time Laps 2019 - Enter Now!

    What is there to be said about Red Bull Timelaps, or more specifically, the Dirty Wknd effect at Red Bull Timelaps? In year one we had 1 team - 4 boys, who unexpectedly came in the top 15, and had an amazing weekend. Fast forward to October 2018, and our team number had multiplied to 5, with the black and white boys and girls arguably taking over the event. We had 2 men's teams, 2 women's teams and 1 mixed team, and all 5 did incredibly well. You can read all about it here (and watch the video below).

    Not only did we have 5 teams in the event, we also turned our 'riders enclosure' into a veritable party village. The other teams came over to us to hang out and stay warm during the long night, making what is a tough night shift much more bearable. It really is the camaraderie between the riders and teams that make this event what it is, and we can't wait to do it all over again at Red Bull Timelaps 2019. 1 team in 2017. 5 teams in 2018. Can anyone say 10 teams in 2019??? Full details on what, where, who and how below... 

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    Ride London 2019 - Final Tips & Preparations

    Ride London 2019 - Final Tips & Preparations

    "Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success."

    Dwayne Johnson

    The Rock may not immediately spring to mind when thinking about cycling; if he's ever been on a road bike before I'd be surprised (anyone who knows differently please send photos), but the man knows a bit about consistent hard work. And if cycling 100 miles is about anything, it's about consistency & hard work. Not just on the ride itself - consistent pedal stroke, consistent fuelling, consistent smiling - but also in your training running up to the ride. This definitely includes the final weeks right before the event.

    You have trained hard, and you are ready for Ride London. Of that I have no doubt. The hundreds of riders who came out on our Ride London training series proved week after week that they are ready, taking Leith & Box in their stride again and again. The chat in the Dynamo after the rides went from 'I don't think I can do this at all' to 'I wonder how much I'll beat my Leith Hill PB by' during the course of the series. It has been awesome to watch, and we're so proud of everyone in the club who has trained so hard and been such good fun on the rides. You're all going to smash the ride on the 4th August!

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