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Ride of the Week by f_stopper

Ride of the Week

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I’m lucky enough to have the Mendip Hills a short ride from my front door, allowing me to create a 50 mile route encompassing the narrow lanes, wide vistas and rocky gorges that the area has to offer. Starting in south Bristol, the route heads south to Winford before cutting across to Butcombe and Blagdon Lake. The first testing climb is Burrington Combe, some say it’s Cheddar Gorge’s little brother but I think it is much more challenging.

Turning west across the top of the Mendips towards Shipham brings you to some fantastic views with South Wales visible on a clear day. A fast 40mph descent into Cheddar brings the all important coffee stop followed by the infamous Cheddar Gorge climb.

Peeling off north at the top of the climb takes you past Yoxter Ranges, this open section is wicked fast with a tail wind or just plain wicked with a headwind. Harptree Hill is the next fast descent, taking you down into the Chew Valley, around the lake back towards Winford and the return leg back into Bristol.

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3665ft Elevation
Route: https://www.strava.com/activities/275247632

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Das Rad Klub – Rad Weekender

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This weekend Bristol played host to a wide variety of cycling events and the local Das Rad Klub took residence in a local independent coffee shop to offer their own take on what a cycling club should be. The second edition of their Rad Weekender pop-up was organised in conjunction with Full Court Press Speciality Coffee and gave people an opportunity to peruse their merchandise in person, meet up with friends and join one of several organised rides. Offering something for people of all abilities to participate and have fun, the rides began and ended with socialising, coffee and cake.

The rides included a 55-mile trip to Cheddar Gorge on Saturday and a shorter relaxed loop around Bristol’s country lanes on Sunday. The star of the show however was the finale on Sunday, a task based team race around the city that amongst other things had people taking pictures of themselves with statues and road signs. Enjoying good weather all weekend, the rides were well attended by riders from Bristol and beyond and were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who took part.

As we have previously reported, DRK recently collaborated with another local company to produce a pair of team bikes and one of those bikes and Engineered Bicycles’ team car took pride of place at the shop after their recent trip to Flanders. DRK brought their trademark vibrancy to proceedings, and had a selection of their merchandise for sale in the shop.

Two other items also caught our attention. A set of handbuilt wheels from the local Ryan Builds Wheels were on display and attracted admiring glances from all who saw and handled them. The second item to turn heads was a GTB frame custom finished in a pink and purple fade. Painted by Doktor Bob, who has recently worked with Talbot Frameworks with similarly excellent results, the frame was beautifully painted and finished and deservedly received as much attention as the DRK team bike. More information about Das Rad Klub can be found on their website and thanks to both Das Rad Klub and Full Court Press for their hospitality.

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Adidas x 5th Floor

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What?! Adidas x 5th Floor! The 5th Floor have really gone and done it this season. The new kit is awesome but, more than that it’s made by Adidas, who have a long history in making cycling gear. I will always think of Big Jan in the Telekom kit when it comes to iconic Adidas, talking of iconic, the kit has the three stripes along with the styling from The 5th Floor. The kit is looking really good visually but, given that it’s made by Adidas it’s also heavy of the technicals. We couldn’t be more happy for the guys, they have really made great efforts to bring something interesting to the cycling scene and we hope they continue. See more details over at the5thfloor.cc

#minicobbles photo challenge

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Here at HSP we love Paris Roubaix so to celebrate we are running #minicobbles photo challenge.

A silly fun idea with no other purpose than channelling your inner Roubaix rider. When I was a kid I was always pretending to be a bike racer or a ninja. Not a lot has changed but, these days it’s heaps easier to take pictures while being foolish.

What we want you to do is share your Roubaix spirit, you know, watch the action then go out find your local cobbled section and take a pic.

All you have to do is tag that picture #minicobbles and share on FB, Twitter or Instagram. At the end of the week we pick a winning picture and send you some cool stuff. It should really be about the winning but, like any rider you got to be in it to win it.

Rules;
Tag your images with #minicobbles
Your image has to capture your Roubaix imagination
Share on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram
Post as many pictures as you like
Share
Follow
Have fun
Ends 19/04/2015
We pick the winner and notify

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Fresh Caletti Cycles Adventure Road Bike

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This Caletti Cycles Adventure Road Bike is fresh off the stand and here for you all to see. The growing trend for more adventurous road going bikes is not stopping. This can only be viewed as a good thing, roads don’t have to be paved but, the ride must go on and adventures must be found – something along those lines…

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Anyway, you probably want to know a little more about the bike? Yes. Ok. I think to most the parts are obvious but what is hidden under that cool grey and hot orange veneer is; Oversize Columbus Life tubing, including a tear drop shaped downtube and triple butted oversized seat tube. Custom S bend Columbus Zona seat stays and a machined down true temper head tube with a 44mm ID to fit the Chris King Inset 7 headset and an Enve Tapered steerer CX fork. Paragon threaded BB and Breezer dropouts. That my friends is a dam fine way to build a robust, decent and fun bike. Many thanks to Peter Thomsen for the photography (he is also responsible for the graphics on the bike) and John Caletti.

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Café du Cycliste 2015

Café du Cycliste 2015 Spring Summer collection is just round the corner, which is a good thing because it means you can start to think about summer rides again. There are some lovely updates to items, such as socks and bidons. Overall its looking nice for summer! Perfect. The real stand out piece for me is their range toping Louise jersey, somehow a mix of old and new style. Sometimes we would rather let the pictures do the talking and this is certainly true here, so take a look and enjoy the views. See more over at Café du Cycliste.

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Temple Cycles

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We caught up with Matt from Temple Cycles recently to discover more about the Temple range of bikes now on offer. Temple Cycles was started in 2014 by Matt who studied as an engineer in Bristol. With a love of riding bikes he set about designing two steel based frames that could provide a variety builds for customers. The result is the production of simple bikes with a classic aesthetic that can handle geared hubs, derailleur, mudguard and racks.

Three Classic models starting at £485 are the staple of the range, a drop bar adventure build, a flat bar hybrid and a ladies bike. All can be customised with Temple Cycles own components and leather accessories. The geometry for the frames is relaxed for an enjoyable ride about town or into the countryside.

Matt brought along one of his limited edition builds, a 9-gear hybrid he designed for getting about the hills of bristol which retails for £690. The design of the frame is great, Matt’s done a very good job designing in the versatility required and selecting components that suit the style. Head to the Temple Cycles website for full details.

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Deux North | Hunt 5

Deux North have just released the fifth video in the Hunt series. #hunt5 takes the riders to Spain for the Rally de Catalunya and to meet World Rally Championship driver, Kris Meeke. Kris’ story inspired  the Deux North’s hunters over their four day trip, riding from Barcelona to Valencia. They witnessed  some fantastic landscape, explored all sorts of roads and terrains, all aboard the new Specialized Diverge. See more from imagery from #Hunt5 and check out Deux North’s brand spanking new website.

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Victory Chimp & Galibier.cc Collab

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Victory Chimp & Galibier.cc have collaborated to produce this excellent print, ‘Up!Up!Up!’ I think we all want to think we can do this, only today I dreamt of being a KoM star, sadly didn’t happen. So I can only look at this ace print and shout ‘Up!Up!Up!’ at myself in shame. This is Victory Chimp’s first print collaboration with cycling clothing company Galibier.cc and is available as a limited print; edition of 100 (50 from Victory Chimp, 50 from Galibier), each print is individually signed and numbered, printed on fine art Giclee 300gsm recycled stock, 40cm x 50cm, sold unframed and designed to fit IKEA frames.

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Victory Chimp and Galiber.cc have this to say about the collaboration;

‘Up! Up! Up!’is inspired by the pivotal moment in a bittersweet love of climbing. When one final effort is made before enjoying the spoils of your labour; the feeling of deep satisfaction and quiet as you crest the summit and roads unknown are laid out for exploration. A feeling that’s only achieved under your own steam and one that has us seeking out more of those roads twisting into the sky while we can still feel the last in our legs.

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On sale now at victorychimp.com & galibier.cc

“We are delighted to partner with the talent and passion of Victory Chimp in this print. The print captures a moment in every ride of freedom, where the choice of direction is open and the rider is smoothly balanced with his machine. Ryan’s work, like our garments is driven by love of the sport.

Our inspiration is our customers arriving back home, stylish, with warm hands and dry shoulders. Viewing Victory Chimp’s work in your home, will rebuild these glorious memories, of time spent behind the handlebars of this wonderful sport.”
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Das Rad Klub x Engineered Bikes collaboration

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To celebrate the second year of Das Rad Klub, we are happy to present with you this vibrant collaboration from Engineered Bicycles and Das Rad Klub. These lovely Donders and Zondags in Das Rad colours will be issued to riders of the newly formed Das Rad Klub Race Team (#DRKRT).

“For 2015 the DRK Race Team has British Cycling affiliation, and will see a handful of riders competing on & off road in the unmistakable DRK colours. Progressing the race programme further will be a big part of our 2015 & 2016, riding in higher level road & cyclocross races as well as cross country mountain bike events, whilst sticking firmly to our ‘having fun on bikes’ mentality.”

If you are in Bristol for the Bespoked weekend in April, Das Rad Klub are hosting one of their Rad Weekender events, take a look here for more info.

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