The weather for the Ride-London Surrey Classic was absolutely beautiful and we decided to head over to Box Hill and catch the riders on their way to the summit of the last categorised climb on the 200 km route. The lighting was a bit challenging and forgetting my fast memory card did not help but it was great to see the lead group and peloton fairly broken up. We managed to pick out Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky’s new signing, Alex Peters from the bunch.
Vittorio Brumotti goes crazy in Livigno! While most of the Tinkoff Saxo were busy riding at Le Tour de France, Abbombazza Brumotti joined one of their training camps in Livigno and laid down outrageous tricks for this viral film.
Brooks England are launching a new saddle in the Cambium range, the C13. This newest evolution in the Cambium range is an improved version of a lightweight racing saddle. Like the other Cambium releases, Brooks are organising a testing phase to collect real world feedback before launching on the market.
We were luckily enough to take a look at the Brooks Cambium C13 whilst attending Eroica Britannia. As the name suggests, the Cambium C13 is narrower than its siblings, measuring 130mm in width and features carbon rails, anodised black aluminium rivets and a stealthy black body. The C13 is very separate to the Brooks England heritage range and would be at home on any modern, lightweight racing machine.
To register for the chance to become a Brooks Cambium C13 tester, click here now!
“Two friends attempt to ride one bike the length of Great Britain, as fast as they can, during the coldest March in 54 years. This is the story of what happened…”
Brother Cycles will be releasing their film The Coldest March online tonight – it’s been touring the world with the Bicycle Film Festival for a year and is now free for everyone to enjoy. Watch it tonight using this link The Coldest March at 8pm.
A while back we posted on the formation of the Blackburn Rangers so it was nice to hear from one of them who likes riding in the cold!
Riding in the winter snow, ice and rain with temperatures colder than your freezer is quite a daunting activity to do. You can get frozen fingers and feet if you are not well prepared for the activity, but at the same time it’s way more fun to ride in the cold than it might sound when you sit in front of your computer screen at home.
To ride in the cold, you just need to be prepared. Before you start biking, you must have the right clothing and pack up your gear and your bike to commute in the snow.
A good way to prepare yourself is to listen to an expert, so you should check out this interview with winter cycling guru Iohan Gueorguiev. He really knows what he is doing, as he has been doing some very chilling trips in Arctic Canada.
Temple Cycles have setup a popup shop in Bristol and there’s still plenty of time to head over and take a look at their traditional styled bicycles. We met up with Matt from Temple Cycles recently to take a look at their latest limited edition builds, the kind of bike perfectly suited to riding about in Bristol. The shop is located at 43 St.Nicholas Street, BS1 1TP, Bristol. Here’s a few photos to enjoy.
We we’re recently asked by GoEuro to contribute to a feature they were writing on touring destinations on their website. It was an honour to contribute. Our contribution was the Camel Trail in Cornwall, an 18 miles mostly off-road (tarmac and gravel sections) flat route from Bodmin to Padstow on the coast. The other contributions are pretty cool too and well worth the short read.
The guys at Simpson Magazine have released a nice collection of cycling kit. From socks to climbers jersey, the range is well thought out and features a beautiful collection of geometric patterns. The full range of kit with prices and technical information can be found here.
Chris Akrigg has released a new video, The Water Cycle. From the top of the Brecon Beacons to the coast, passing streams, rivers, waterfalls and reservoirs. One of which I recognized as I pitched up a tent there back 2011. As per usual, put the kettle on and grab a cuppa, I am sure Chris would approve. Providing its Yorkshire Tea..
Tour de France 2015 has seen Chris Froome enter an elite group of riders to win two yellow jerseys. The total amount of people to ever do this is 12. Not many. Makes me think if he can attain the entry to the more exclusive group of three wins. Whilst the physical effort is ridiculously hard, just look at the amount burgers they say a rider needs to keep going. Silly really should be pizza (252 burgers). It’s the psychological that is probably the harder element. From the fatigue to the taunts and unfortunately physical abuse.
When he won one Tour, it was seen as a positive, the outsider did it. Win a second time and you’re dominating. Never mind the sheer amount of work and fortitude to bring that win, or that luck is dealing the hand. Last year saw that but 2015 brought more fraught than crashing and retiring. How do you cope with having urine thrown at you, being spat at? It’s degrading, regardless if your a world class athlete who is aware of his ability, that is not to saw precocious. Personally that toll would play on my mind and I imagine it played on Chris’s mind too. I also think it’s unfair. The victim of success.
We also have to look at the last time a team dominated the racing as did Team Sky in 2015. It was US Postal with Lance Armstrong. This is obviously still a raw and tender nerve, in France and further afield. That nerve was pushed and the irritation began to inflame. I like to think they were aware of this. A sense that, whilst unjust or unfound, the wrong people are winning. The reality is the fastest man won fair and square.
His win on Stage 10 was the decisive moment. That was a pure masterclass of tactical racing. It also makes sense, both in terms of being a clean rider and for winning the Tour. It was after a rest day and the previous stage was a hard but, short TTT – plenty of time to rest. From there on, all they had to do was defend. Not an easy task but, with a strong and talented team it was at least possible. The gamble and odds paid off, along with the pain of riding and being abused along the way. The weakness on Alpe D’huez is perhaps proof of a clean ride. As the Tour developed it was clear to see the strain was taking it’s toll on him and his physical system. That would be about right for a rider not using drugs.
Cycling is in an unfortunate situation, where the cheating and drug scandals has done nothing to fill the public with anything other than suspicion. As I’ve stated before I don’t have a problem with it, and believe the approach to the problem should be changed but, I know I’m pretty much on my own with that idea. As it is with law, innocent until proven guilty. One can only see Chris Froome as innocent. Enjoy those wins Chris.