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    Dirty Wknd x All Things Ride Zwift Classics Series 2020

    Dirty Wknd x All Things Ride Zwift Classics Series 2020

    Sadly - the 2020 Classics season is not going to look anything like the above photo. Absolute titans of men and women won't be knocking the stuffing out of each other across ridiculously unridable roads and up silly steep climbs. 

    However life is all about looking for the silver linings, especially during a crisis like this one. We won't be able to stand on the Ode Kwaremont, beer in hand, screaming at tiny men on £10,000 bikes as they push the limits of human endeavour. We will however, be able to put ourselves through the ringer in our own homes (#stayhomesavelives) as we take on the Dirty Wknd x All Things Ride Zwift Classics Series!

    We're determined to make the best of this situation, and by that we mean riding tough, hilly and a little bit gravely zwift courses with friends on a Sunday morning! There will be prizes of Dirty Wknd club socks and ATR arm screens for various things throughout the series, however the aim is to try and complete all the rides.

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    A Beginner's Guide To Turbo Trainers

    A Beginner's Guide To Turbo Trainers

    Cyclists currently fall into two camps - those who managed to buy a turbo trainer before lockdown, and those who didn't. As rare as hen's teeth, trying to buy a turbo trainer now is a tough ask!

    But where do you start if you've not got much clue how a turbo trainer even works? Or the difference between wheel on or direct drive turbo trainers? Or what a ANT+ cable is? Spending a couple of hundred quid on something you really don't understand is never a good idea.

    Luckily for you, we've created a beginner's guide to turbo trainers that you can actually understand. No jargon, no 'experienced cyclist only' nonsense, just relatable answers to the questions you have asked us about turbo trainers. Whether that's how turbo trainers work, what the different types of indoor trainer are, or which is the best turbo trainer for your price bracket. We've tried to answer below.

    You can also still buy a turbo trainer during lockdown, but it's not easy. We've gone ahead and done the leg work for you there too. Keep reading for how to buy a turbo trainer during the coronavirus lockdown. 

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    The Best London Cycling Routes For Evening Rides

    The Best London Cycling Routes For Evening Rides

    Apparently, the clocks went back this weekend. Quick check, did this actually happen? What day even is it? Asking for loads of friends! The clocks did go back, which means we've got an extra hour of daylight for escaping the city (solo) on our trusty push bikes.

    Please use the below London cycling routes freely. They've all been thoroughly tested and perfected on our own evening rides over the past few summers. They should take between 1.5 and 3 hours, and contain lanes, quiet roads and a few climbs to keep things fun!

    Please adhere to all official guidelines when cycling outdoors. Absolutely no group riding, solo trips only, and please keep distance from others. We want to be able to keep cycling outside during this lockdown. 

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    The Best Cycling Documentaries On Youtube (To Watch During Quarantine!)

    The Best Cycling Documentaries On Youtube (To Watch During Quarantine!)

    Let's face it, the Coronavirus crisis sucks. Lockdown, whilst vital to stop the spread of the disease, means we can't go outside and ride our bikes with our friends, However this extra time does provide hours and hours to scour the internet for awesome cycling videos to try to fill that hole. Well we've done the scouring for you, and compiled a list of our favourite cycling films and documentaries that are currently available on Youtube. 

    This is, or was supposed to be, purely a list of cycling documentaries on Youtube, hence no Breaking Away (I know right!). We have deviated from the Youtube only rule however to include some great women's cycling content. There is frankly sod all on Youtube, and we'll be damned if we're going to let that stop us. So for some of the entries you can watch the trailer on youtube and the full film by following the links.

    We hope you enjoy them - please add your own suggestions in the comments, or berate us on social media (@dirtywknd). 

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    How To Join A Zwift Group Ride

    How To Join A Zwift Group Ride

    With all of Europe going into lockdown (well done for finally catching up Great Britain) the chance to cycle outside in the sun with friends and club mates is absolutely zero for the foreseeable future. Whilst we can still cycle outside if alone or with people in your household, scratching that group ride itch is proving difficult. Because scratch we must!

    This is why we are running so many Zwift group rides during the coronavirus crisis, so that we can meet up with our mates, ride around in circles and chat rubbish! Sadly we can't replicate the mid ride coffee and cake stop, but you'll just have to use your imagination! 

    However, a few riders are having issues joining a Zwift group ride. There isn't loads of information, especially for newer riders who are new to Zwift. So please read on below for our top tips on how to join a group ride on Zwift.

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    Dirty Wknd Zwift Group Ride Series Report #1

    Dirty Wknd Zwift Group Ride Series Report #1

    24/03/20 - Tuesday Smashy Volcano (Regent’s) Laps

    Welcome race fans, to another addition of the Dirty Wknd Zwift group ride series. It’s a beautiful blue sky day here in Watopia, as the DW crew take on the smashiest of smashy group rides - the weekly Tuesday Volcano laps!

    It may be blue skies on the ground, but this morning the series is heading up the mountain to the Volcano Circuit. Blue skies will be soon be replaced by lava, fire and ash - perfect conditions for a bike ride! The ride premise is as simple as it can get - the pretence of a group ride, whilst all the riders hit out as hard as they can and see who can hang on. Exactly the kind of type two fun everyone loves to hate! The lap is 4.1km, and perfectly replicates a certain park in central London, oft frequented by local cyclists who like to ride around in circles as fast as they can to try and drop their mates.

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