Patrick goes up hills faster than most people we know, but his enthusiasm, love of cycling and desire to help others eclipses even his speed! We first met Patrick when he cycled up behind our group on Good Friday a year ago and said "Alright? Mind if I join in?" He had bright pink bar tape and matching pink over shoes (scroll down...) and we'd be lying if we said we didn't have misgivings (only joking Patrick).
Ride London is one of the biggest sportives in the world and is a fantastic and challenging ride through London's closed streets and famous Surrey lanes. It's a tough ride, but one that is easily conquerable with a bit of training. Which is why we've put together a comprehensive programme of training rides that will help you to not only complete the ride, but perform to the best of your potential and, most importantly, enjoy the day!
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Yorkshire has become synonymous with UK cycling. Whisper it: the home of UK cycling?? Ask a local and there's nowhere better in the world to cycle than in 'God's Own County'. With the Tour de Yorkshire, the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart and the 2019 World Champs heading to Harrogate - it seems the rest of the world might feel the same way!
We've been desperate to get up to Yorkshire for a weekend for ages now, but if we've learnt anything in all our years of cycling then it's ask a local about the best routes. No matter how much pre planning you do, how many hours on Strava heatmap, there is no substitute for local knowledge when it comes to routes. This is exactly why we've teamed up with Yorkshire Velo Tours for our Dirty Wknd in Yorkshire; their local knowledge of the roads, hills and coffee stops of the Dales mean that we're in for a real treat next weekend.
Buying a new bike is a daunting, beguiling and sometimes overwhelming experience for new cyclists. It's a scary prospect for the 'uninitiated', so when Kate Siddiqui, one of our members, offered to write a blog on her bike buying experience, we bit her hand off! Continue reading below for Kate's story, followed by her bike buying top tips:
Come January many of us start with the “New Year, New You” mantra, and this year I was no different. My road bike had sadly been stolen, so with my insurance payout in one hand, a Cycle to Work voucher in the other, I set out to get a new bike. The added motivation to my “New Year, New You” mindset was the fear/foreboding of an Alpine road cycling trip looming in late summer, and I knew I needed to get some serious training miles in.
It's 6am on a fairly dreary London morning in Regent's Park. This is easily the earliest I've been in the park; no one else is around and it's really really dark. Why anyone would get out of bed at this time even once is beyond me, let alone every day for 107 days!
I've come to ride with Chris Hall, who's set himself the challenge of cycling 107 kilometres in 107 days. That sounds like an awful lot, but it really hits home when you realise he's cycling London to Brighton every day, or London to Switzerland every week! We wanted to meet this astounding man and find out what makes him tick.