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    A Dirty Week In Mallorca - Part Two

    A Dirty Week In Mallorca - Part Two

    Welcome to Part Two of our Mallorca trip debrief. For those that don't know (or clearly aren't on Instagram) we recently spent a week in Mallorca, riding up and flying down hills. For a full run down of the members and roles of Team Dirty Wknd Estrella Viva Velo Pro Cycling (or DWEVVPC for short), as well as a thorough debrief of days one to four of our trip, please - Click Here.

    In all honesty - days one to four were the warm up! The prologue in, the correct cycling parlance. Sure, the team took on a few massive hills without really breaking a sweat, but the likes of the Coll de Femenia weren't going to trouble hardened climbers like Veronica and Rachael - they literally eat #hillsforbreakfast! DS Dyll Davies was going to have to find some much tougher climbs for his mountain goats.

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    A Dirty Week In Mallorca - Part One

    A Dirty Week In Mallorca - Part One

    As we’ve said many many times, there is little better than a cycling holiday. Whether you’re touring (riding point to point) or staying in one place and riding out each day; cycling all day every day in a different and unusual place is pretty special. Mallorca is one of our favourite places to do this, as the Island is pretty much designed for it. Whether you stay in Pollenca or Palma, you’re never more than 30 minutes from great routes (both flat and mountainous) and beautiful towns complete with some great cafe stops. Not only that, but near enough every hotel is ‘bike friendly’ (they’d go out of business if they weren’t), so you can leave your bike in the room, stretch off in the pool and the breakfast and dinner options are usually buffet - i.e. all the food you can eat in one or two sittings! There are also hardly any 'normals' around at the beginning and end of the tourist season, so cyclists rule the roost!

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    Lessons From LEJOG

    Lessons From LEJOG

    Over the course of 10 days in late August this year, Dirty Wknd member and relatively new cyclist Olivia rode Lands End to John O'Groats - just shy of 1000 miles, including 15,000 metres of climbing. Below is what she learnt on this amazing ride:

    In deciding to cycle from the most Southern point of Cornwall, to the most Northern point of Scotland, I often worried I’d bitten off more than I could chew. I couldn’t imagine how I would feel after 500 miles and ignored the fact I would have 500 more to do after that. But I clung onto the encouragement of my new bike fam. If people who knew what they were doing thought I could do it, then maybe I could. Even if my Mum kept telling me ‘there’s no shame in having a few days off.’

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    The Digme 4 Class 130km Challenge!

    The Digme 4 Class 130km Challenge!

    This Thursday Digme Fitness (our new indoor cycling partners) are running the 'Digme Tour' - 4 classes across all 4 studios in one day. David has decided to do all classes AND cycle between them. Not only that but you can come to a class and support him (and get a killer workout in!)

    The plan:

    The plan is this: Keiser master trainer Darren Teagles will be taking 4 classes in one day. They are 7am in Oxford, 12:15pm in Richmond, 6pm in Moorgate and 7:30pm in Blackfriars. David will be taking part in all of them and riding between each studio, and he would love it if you would join him at one of them to lend support/a gel/oxygen! See schedule below:

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    Beginner Bike Packing In Vietnam, Cambodia And Thailand

    Beginner Bike Packing In Vietnam, Cambodia And Thailand

    What do you do once you’ve completed LEJOG, the ultimate cycling challenge...

    I hope my top tips for Ride Across Britain were useful for you if you are preparing for this year’s event. I was a complete novice cyclist when I started on my RAB challenge but I enjoyed the training and the event so much, I wasn’t prepared to hang up my cleats quite just yet...

    In less than two weeks after completing Ride Across Britain, I had an ‘out of office’ on my laptop for six months (yes, six months!), a 15 litre backpack on my back and my trusty cycling helmet.  My employers had given me six months off work and I decided to spend one month of it cycling through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and it was truly one of the best experiences of my life.  This is what happened when I cycled over 1,000km, through three countries, in one month...

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    5 Reasons To Train Indoors This Autumn

    5 Reasons To Train Indoors This Autumn

    Indoor cycling used to mean one of two things. A gruelling solo effort on the turbo trainer in your living room, trying to concentrate on Eastenders to stop the pain, or a techno pumping, dance-on-your-bike spin class. Now we've got nothing against either of those things (if that's what you're into), but if you like suffering with other people, or want some stats with your techno, where do you go?

    Well luckily for you, Digme Fitness exists to offer you a much better alternative. An indoor cycling studio (well, multiple studios in The City, Richmond and Oxford) that caters for both stat heads, pedal pushing techno dancers and everyone in between. Digme also love to promote for the community aspect of indoor cycling - large classes (around 50 bikes) feel small with the use of flat screens showing stats and animated cycling avatars, and hugely enthusiastic trainers get everyone involved.

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