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    'What Is a Training Plan' - Q&A With SPOK'D Founder Rich Lang

    'What Is a Training Plan' - Q&A With SPOK'D Founder Rich Lang

    SPOK'D is an online coaching and training platform that we've had the pleasure to be partnered with for just over a year now. Many Dirty Wknd members are improving their cycling and fitness with the platform, so Dirty Wknd founder David (virtually) sat down with SPOK'D founder Rich for a chat.

    To be crystal clear, SPOK'D are a partner of ours and members get a 15% discount on the £9.99 monthly fee. But nothing else has changed hands for this blog.

    Hi Rich. Where are you right now and what are you up to?

    Hey David. I am currently back in Manchester having spent the Christmas period back home in Sydney. It was the grey skies that brought me back.

    Though since being back it has taken a little time to get adjusted again. But currently, I am getting stuck into building and growing SPOK'D plus enjoying my dog Bella the beagle. 

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    A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Started On Zwift

    A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Started On Zwift

    I felt like I'd won the lockdown lottery when I dusted off the untouched turbo trainer I'd been given for free three years previously. It had been sitting unloved in the shed for ages, but 4 weeks ago I decided to dig it out and get stuck in.

    It seemed like turbos had become the hottest commodity since toilet paper during quarantine, and I felt pretty lucky to have one. The only problem was I didn't really know what I was doing. As a somewhat beginner cyclist (I've been cycling on and off for a few years, but never consistently), spending time on the bike has always been more valuable than having the latest technology. I figured the best way to start was just mounting my bike on the trainer and getting going. 

    I'm now an expert at taking my rear wheel on and off, as well as understanding the importance of regularly cleaning your bike (chain grease is a nightmare to get off your clothes!) My turbo is what is not very kindly known as ‘dumb’, which means it isn’t a smart trainer that changes the resistance automatically. It has five resistance settings, plus of course my bike’s gears, so it took some getting used to. I started by spending 20-30 minutes at a time getting used to being on the turbo and how the resistance settings worked with my gears. Wow, that was boring!

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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 Col 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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    A Beginner's Top Tips For Ride Across Britain

    A Beginner's Top Tips For Ride Across Britain

    Hello and welcome to my new regular blogging spot. My name is Jo Goodall, I work as a Management Consultant in the City by day but like to spend the majority of my time training for and taking part in endurance/adventure challenges. I am also training to be a Personal Trainer so I hope to bring some of that new found knowledge to you via this blog.

    Previous challenges of mine have included a trip to Borneo for a tri-expedition through the rainforest; running The London Marathon; cycling around Lake Geneva in a day; and most recently completing Deloitte Ride Across Britain 2016 – cycling 969 miles in 9 days from Lands’ End to John O’Groats. I must also mention that I am a fairly new cyclist – I only bought a bike 6 months before completing RAB!

    So in honour of the upcoming challenge, I thought I would give you my 5 top tips for Deloitte Ride Across Britain 2017:

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    Craft Cadence Cycling Backpack Review

    Craft Cadence Cycling Backpack Review

    Bike luggage has noticeably evolved in the last few years. We’ve moved from heavy pannier racks to inline seat packs, frame bags and handlebar bags, then all the way back to pannier racks except this time excruciatingly expensive and made from carbon fibre. Through all of that, the humble backpack has persisted. It’s hard to beat for practicality on short trips, commutes or shopping trips.

    Craft Cadence are a relatively young manufacturer who sent the club one of their new backpacks to test out. It’s targeted at commuters and - given that I’ve commuted and run most of my errands by bike with a backpack for more years than I like to think about - it’s over to me to give some impressions.

    It’s traditional to add a disclaimer that no money changed hands for this review but they did send it to me for free, so make up your own mind about the extent to which that compromises my opinion.

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