So this is Christmas…

“…and what have you done?” – John Lennon I hope you all are having a lovely and relaxing break, taking the time to unwind while enjoying the company of loved ones. Another year has quite literally flown by! My cycling has taken a bit of a back seat to other aspects of life this year,…

Today’s cycling tip: Work on your weaknesses

Do you easily stick with paceline as they hammer along on the flat roads, only to get dropped as soon as the bunch hits the first climb? Or do you catch everyone before the top of the climb only to get passed again downhill or shelled out the back on the flat? Well my friend,…

Tips to complete the Rapha Festive 500

It’s December once again and thoughts turn to Christmas holidays, maybe a bit of time off work and of course the possibility of attempting the Rapha Festive 500 challenge. The Festive 500 is a Strava challenge where entrants need to ride 500km (311 miles) over 8 days starting on Christmas Eve.¬†All finishers receive a beautiful…

You spin me right round, baby right round

During one of my recent pre-work rides I stumbled across the local velodrome I didn’t even know was there! Well, it’s not so much a velodrome but a lightly banked circular outdoor track. Okay, so even though it’s got a cricket field in the centre, it sounds enough like a velodrome to me! Empty track…

The most important metric to measure when cycling

Average speed? Distance? Elapsed time? Total time? Elevation gain? Strava segment times? Average HR? Average power? Normalised power? Training Stress Score? Nope… The most important metric to measure the success of your ride is … the width of the smile it puts on your face! Even the ballistic fast guys (Big Jim) and the epic…