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    How To Play Fantasy Tour De France 2019

    How To Play Fantasy Tour De France 2019

    The absolute height of cycling geekery; fantasy cycling is taking off in a big way (at the last 'fantasy cycling appreciation society' meeting we had 15 attendees - a new record!) Fantasy Tour de France allows armchair racers to play at being 'Directeur Sportif' for the length of the tour, picking out a 'best in class' team of sprinters and climbers who they think will win stages and jerseys in the 2019 Tour de France. Or, most likely, just pick Sagan like everyone else!

    If you're a pro cycling fan, you'll understand the rules of the game and can simply sign up on the link below. If you're new to cycling, or couldn't give a toffee about the pros, we'd still recommend playing along. You will learn more about how a race works, how the peloton operates and why cyclists do some of the weird things that they do! In all seriousness, watching pro cycling will make you a better cyclist, as you get to see the best riders display what riding a bike is actually supposed to look like. To start have a read of our 'Guide to the Tour de France' for some background.

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    A Dummies Guide To Speaking Fluent ‘Tour de France’

    A Dummies Guide To Speaking Fluent ‘Tour de France’

    Great News! The biggest sporting event in the world (based on facts – see below) starts on Saturday 1st July. In order to help you sound like a pro cycling pro, we've put together a handy guide to the race. We've created this explanation of all things Tour de France in the form of FAQs. Partly to ensure that you sound knowledgeable about the race when talking to others, but mainly for you to print off and give to your friends and loved ones to stop them asking you questions while you are trying to watch it on TV. For 5 hours a day. Every day. For the best part of a month. How good does that sound…

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    The Fred Whitton Ride Report

    The Fred Whitton Ride Report

    “The Fred Whitton is widely regarded as the toughest sportive in the UK and right up there with European events such as the Marmotte, Maratona dles Dolomites and L'Etape du Tour”

    I'd heard of The Fred, but didn’t really know much about it nor know anyone else who had done it (or 'been through it' is perhaps more apt). I knew it was brutal, but with these things it’s often about perspective, so I entered the ballot quite blindly (thanks to the encouragement of Sean Harrion!)  

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    Five Essential Items To Bring On A Group Ride

    Five Essential Items To Bring On A Group Ride

    Riding in a group is the best way to improve your cycling ability, fitness and sense  of fun. The level of support you get from the ride leader and other cyclists is huge, allowing you to go further, faster and higher without fear of getting stuck or lost. Whilst you benefit from the support of others however, there are certain things you should take with you on a group ride.

    Every cyclists is a little bit different, so what they take on a ride can be personal to them, but there are a few staples that you should carry on a ride. Having a ride leader or friend to help you fix a puncture is great, but you don't want to be borrowing all the bits from them too!

    We have included links to all products below to illustrate exactly what we mean, and to help you shop. We have used links to our partners as club members get 20-50% off. Find out about joining the club here.

     

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    The Cycling Science Report - My First Bike Fit!

    The Cycling Science Report - My First Bike Fit!

    I started cycling in January 2018, having entered L'Etape du Tour and realising that I should probably start cycling.. In the words of Tupac, "I didn't choose the lycra life...". I bought my housemate's old bike from her, found Dirty Wknd cycling club and started exploring the hills and greens of London and beyond. I always knew the bike didn't fit me perfectly; the handlebars were too wide, the stem too short, and my seat felt too far back and I felt very upright. But I never had any pain whilst riding and the price-tag of a bike fit was always a bit of a turn off. However, after a small windfall, I decided it was time to invest in a proper bike fit. Being a scientist, I'm all about improvements, and I wanted to know if getting the bike properly fit to my body would reap the rewards.  

    Because I didn't really have any pain or niggles, for me the purpose of the bike fit was to get into a more aerodynamic riding position, whilst still feeling comfortable on long days in the saddle. After my first race last year, David kindly pointed out that "You could always see where [Jen] was because her head was poking above everyone else’s". Essentially... I needed some aero gains! I chose Super Domestique because Elliott came highly recommended, but also because of the Dirty Wknd club members 15% discount... an attractive proposition given my PhD student status!

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    Cyclist Magazine Track Days - £10 Off For Members

    Cyclist Magazine Track Days - £10 Off For Members

    Do you want to ride the flashiest of flash bikes? The top of the range bikes, all on one day in Central London? Well you can, thanks to Cyclist Magazine's annual Track Day at Lee Valley Velopark.

    We're also thrilled to be working with Cyclist to promote this event, including £10 off tickets for club members! Just log into the Members Area for all the details and to book your ticket

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