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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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    British Heart Foundation London To Brighton Bike Ride 2019

    British Heart Foundation London To Brighton Bike Ride 2019

    We are absolutely ecstatic to announce Dirty Wknd as the official training partner for the British Heart Foundation's London To Brighton Bike Ride. Every year on Father's Day (Sun 16th June), thousands of people will ride from Clapham Common down to the Brighton seafront on mostly closed roads and this year you can be involved.

    As official training partner we will be running 12 training rides exclusively for L2B riders, as well as providing training blogs, videos and tips to help you get ready for the big ride.Not only that but we will be entering a number of discounted Dirty Wknd teams into the event. So if you've always wanted to cycling London to Brighton, or want support the great work BHF do, now is your chance!

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    90 Day Booze Free Fitness Challenge: January Update

    90 Day Booze Free Fitness Challenge: January Update

    I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since New Year’s Eve. I haven’t even really been tempted -  not even in the pub watching England dismantle of Ireland in the Six Nations last Saturday (sorry Stephen). If you read my first blog (if you didn’t, you can do so here) then you’ll know that I am not drinking for 90 days for research purposes. Namely to see if not drinking will effect my health (weight, muscle mass etc), mental health (bit harder to define) and cycling performance (mostly FTP results).

    Before going into the results, it might be worth a quick note on how easy (or not) abstaining from booze has been. This is the longest I’ve gone not drinking since the age of about 15, so it’s quite a big deal, and not a great description of my teenage years. What can I say, not much going on in rural Norfolk! However, the first month has been surprisingly easy. I haven’t missed drinking, apart from the odd pang usually at about 5pm on a Friday night. It has probably helped that most people have been doing dry January. Perhaps February will be bit harder.

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