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Ride of the week by Jesper Grundahl (@jespergrundahl)

ride of the week

ride of the week

Cycling isn’t simply a matter of getting on your bike and ride forth. It is a series of endless choices and decisions, just like life. What kit shall I wear ? Where do I want to go ? Shall I turn left or right ? Should I stay or should I go ? As I find myself digging out the full winter riot gear, for the purpose of this feature, I debate with myself which bike to take. With a new Festka Asphalt Titanium having arrived the day before Christmas it is very tempting to immerse myself in this beauty, but it will admittedly be the cycling equivalent of bathing your new born child with Clinique Super Explosive Exfoliating Body Scrub cream if such existed. With the roads literally laced with salt I leave the Festka for drier, none-snowy days and instead opt for my Cross bike. Although this ride is largely on road the Cross bike gives me the freedom to cut through the King’s former hunting grounds – Store Dyrehave – a 4 kilometre wooden gravel road, and other gravel sections, into the heartland of North Sealand, Denmark.

ride of the week

Having enjoyed the first 10 kilometres through the “Army Road”, passing the base and training grounds of Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Guards, the bending, picturesque road has led me through woodland to the home of the woodkeeper. A simple yet beautiful home, picturesquely placed on the outskirts of the woods, where clearly love lives in abundance judging by the black, wooden door and the single red rose. For a moment I think Depeche Mode “Violator” before I press onwards in -4 degrees Celsius. With a light north west wind, and the wind-chill factor hitting the -7 degree Celsius spot, it does not allow for tea and “Enjoy The Silence” with the woodkeeper.

ride of the week

ride of the week

My Dedacciai carbon Cross bike allows me to cut through wooden, gravel sections of the route, which during Summer normally is cluttered with club rides and riders who only venture out between April and late-August. I am not your typically Cross rider. I do not participate in Cross races, or run with my bike, but instead hugely enjoy the freedom it gives me to explore routes I did not know existed had I stuck to the normal routes I ride. Especially in winter this is a blessing as you would otherwise be riding the same roads as you do in summer, and be bored already when spring arrives. Furthermore, with the ice covered roads this morning I’m thankful for the 35mm tire grip.

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Passing the lake of Esrum the bitterly cold wind bites my nose and forehead. Despite the Deep Winter Baselayer, and facial cover, it still feels like a numbing, frozen headache on my forehead as I climb the 11% gradient climb to Fredensborg to visit the summer residential home of Her Majesty the Queen. With the flag not visible, and only a single guard freezing his nuts off, it is clear “Margrethe” is not inviting for warm tea and scones today.

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North Sealand of Denmark is a haven of cycling routes. Many riders from Copenhagen make the 25 kilometre journey Northbound to experience something other than City Riding. With only 45 minutes from inner Copenhagen you can easily reach the scenic landscape of North Sealand without spending an entire day riding. Isolated train tracks snail through the wooden landscape, and even though they claim “Cycling Is The New Golf” it is clear Golf is not “The New Winter Cycling” as I pass the Texas-inspired “stables” of the primary Golf club in North Sealand where the field lays empty on the snow-covered lawn.

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Cycling is a game of Cat and Mouse. You can hunt or be hunted. Go on a break-away, and rest assured the “wolf-pack” will be on your tail until the finish-line is in sight. This morning I may not have a “wolf-pack” on my tail, but the sight of four pheasants hung from a hook is a reminder to – perhaps – pedal a bit harder ahead of season-start. There is something strangely odd and yet intriguingly beautiful looking at the four pheasants hanging there against the black wooden wall.

ride of the week

ride of the week

ride of the week

Living in North Sealand I find myself extremely fortunate to have the best of all worlds. Within 5 minutes I can be on the open roads. Adding another 5 minutes I can blaze through amazing gravel lanes in the nearby woods, and as I head home from my “Ride of the Week” I am spoiled with beautiful views and amazing scenery, with a view to Sweden across the pond, and the odd Longhorn insisting on sharing its dental hygiene with me.

ride of the week

Like life, cycling is a series of choices. Turn left and you get your favourite climb or road. Turn right and you get something else. Pick the wrong kit and you might overcook. The list of choices is huge, but this is exactly what drives us to mount our bikes, head out and experience the roads which lie ahead of us. The distance or speed, in which you ride, does not matter. The importance is, you look up, away from your Garmin and handlebars, and yes – this is possible, to experience the beautiful world opening in front of you. This is why we ride!

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KIT USED (from bottom):
God’n’Famous Camelbak Waterbottle
Rapha Cross Shoes
Giro Air Attack Helmet
Isadore Apparel Winter Tights
Six Point Merino Wool Knee Length Socks
Rapha Deep Winter Gloves
Isadore Apparel Merino Gloves
Isadore Apparel Performance Oversocks
Isadore Apparel Thermerino Jersey
Isadore Apparel Merino Softshell Membrane Jacket
Rapha Wool Cycling Cap (Vintage)
Rapha Essentials Case
Oakley Jawbreaker Photochromic Glasses
Rabens Saloner iPhone 6+ Essentials Case
Rapha Deep Winter Overshoes (Not shown)

55 kilometers
315 elevation
Website: jespergrundahl.com
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New brand – Curbar Cycling

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Curbar Cycling
Curbar Cycling are – in their own words – a smaller than small company, just starting out in Sheffield UK. They have designed a range of cycling jerseys and really want to provide people with stylish well fitting and high quality cycling kit.

The jerseys are designed by James Clarkson and David McLeavy in Sheffield, their influences come from various sources including vintage cycling, art and design, including one jersey with a bauhaus inspired design.

For a limited period these jerseys are on pre-order before launching their webshop in March. Check out more from Curbar Cycling

Talbot Frameworks – A British Tradition


Talbot Frameworks have just released a video by www.officefontanelli.com giving us a little insight into what they do and being part of a British Tradition of making things based on need. If you’re not familiar with Talbot Frameworks take a look based in Crystal Palace, London, where bikes have been made under the Talbot name since the 1940’s. Today run by Matt McDonough making some very fast and tasty machines – A British Tradition.

Riding the wave with Tokyo Fixed

Tokyo Fixed

Tokyo Fixed recently relaunched with a brand new website and collection of cycling kits. The cycling kits have been developed from scratch aiming to deliver clothing of a higher quality than anything previously released. Designed in the UK and made in Italy, with a modern race-fit.

We spoke to Josh from Tokyo Fixed briefly about the brand and their plans for 2016.

What is about Japanese culture that inspires you?

Tokyo Fixed started as a shop which imported Japanese brands and cycling goods. When we started making kits we quickly looked at Japan for inspiration. Most of our kit is inspired by old Japanese art such as mons, ukiyo e and kimono patterns. The bold colours and graphic style of this art makes it excellent to transfer to jerseys.

Would you consider producing women specific products in the future?

Hopefully. We have made women’s kit in the past. But we have since changed factory that we will try to develop some women’s specific clothing with.

What are your plans for 2016?

More kit releases would make us very happy. Also we have sponsored a team but more on that soon….

Tokyo Fixed

Tokyo Fixed Arrow

“Tokyo Fixed Arrows Jersey features a graphic motif drawn from the battle scenes seen in old Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. We wanted something that would embody the power and speed of arrows in flight, and design studio Orca Collective have achieved just that.”

Tokyo Fixed

Tokyo Fixed Bonsai

“Bonsai trees are something we’ve been wanting to incorporate into a kit design for ages. We’ve combined it with a striped pattern and blue-grey colourway based on traditional decorated porcelain.”

Tokyo Fixed

Tokyo Fixed Fan

“Inspired by patterns seen on Japanese silk kimonos, the Fan Bib Shorts feature a clean, feathery, fan-shaped graphic.”

Tokyo Fixed

Tokyo Fixed was founded in 2007 as a blog selling Japanese bike parts from a spare bedroom in a Tokyo apartment. The brand has represented many things since then but at the core has always been our love of cycling and good design, with a heavy influence from Japanese culture. Run by a small group of cycling enthusiasts with an aim to produce high quality, unique cycling kit and to work with some of the most interesting cycling brands and creatives from around the globe.

Ride of the week by John Braynard (@jbraynard)

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

A few years ago I knocked my two front teeth out skiing. A freak accident, but enough for me to lose all desire to return to the slopes. When the snow hits I try my best to still ride my bike. After living a few years here at the base of the Alps in Salzburg, I have the right setup, clothing, mentality, and routes to enjoy a spin in the snow. There is a large stretch of farmland and forest nearby Salzburg that is perfect for getting some car-free freezing whiteout miles in.

I drink a few cups of coffee and head out the door. I quickly realize that I left my damn back fender in my girlfriend’s car. I guess it’ll be a wet ass ride. The snow is really coming down, but that just makes me more excited. I just installed some metal spike studded tires, so I am beyond stoked to give em’ a go.

A few hundred meters from my front door starts a trail that takes me straight out of town along a small canal and right to the base of the biggest mountain nearby. The path is covered in snow, but nothing to be concerned about. I get to the wooded trails quick and ain’t nobody around these parts, just farmland and forest. The snow gets deeper, slushier, and often muddy as hell. I start to regret riding without a back fender, my ass is covered is frozen mud. Luckily, I am always only 10k from home on this route. I don’t pussy out. I ride on.

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

I pass one other guy on a bike, he has ski boots on and skis strapped to his back. I give him a loud “Howdy”. Eventually, I arrive at the one little hill for the day. It’s covered by trees, so there isn’t much snow in the way to the top. A quick descent back down to civilization. Time to decide, short way home…or the long way?

The long way it is. A quick road section over to the Salzburg Zoo and the off-road starts again. I pass a handful of kids sledding down a hill, looks like a blast. I see an uphill road I have never noticed and I decide to take it. It goes nowhere, but a nice view at the top. My brakes were frozen open for the descent.

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

I cruise into the Old City completely covered in mud. I look down at the bike and it is absolutely destroyed. I need to hit up the spray wash at the gas station. I grab a candy bar and the cashier asks me if I “downhill mountain bike”. Spraying the bike off today is harder than normal. The mud has turned to ice and it won’t’ come off. I take the full 2 minutes the 1 euro bought me to clean the bike. Back home, the clothes go straight into the washing machine.

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

33 Kilometers
341m Elevation
Route: https://www.strava.com/activities/471562578

Website: VeloBeats.com
Twitter: @jbraynard
Instagram: @jbraynard

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

Ride of the week - Jbraynard

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Drops Cycling Team

Drops Cycling Team

Drops Cycling Team have announced that they have been granted a UCI Women’s Team racing licence for 2016. They will be one of only two UK based UCI licensed teams that comprise the world line-up for the 2016 season.

Drops Cycling Team

Trek will be supplying the team with a variety of customised Project One bikes including Émonda, the ultimate lightweight road racing machine, and Madone, the new benchmark for aero road performance. In addition to racing Trek, the team will also be utilising a full compliment of Bontrager helmets, shoes and wheels all of which are raced throughout the world including the WorldTour.

Drops Cycling Team

The riders will be wearing kit produced by Italian brand, Santini via their kit sponsor 2016 and beyond, Prendas Ciclismo. Established in June 1996, Prendas attribute a large part of their success in establishing strong relationships with people not only here in the UK, but in Europe too, they know all of their manufacturers personally and have worked with numerous domestic teams over the years as well as supplying kit to countless aspiring individual riders.

Team Director Bob Varney said:
“The UCI licence provides us with a fantastic opportunity for the team to develop, allowing us to compete in a greater number of and higher quality races. This will ensure that we can continue to offer a realistic pathway to the professional scene of women’s cycling for British riders.

We are proud of our all-British roster and being able to offer a structured environment for British riders to showcase their talents at the highest level of women’s cycling.

This is really exciting news for all of us at Drops, from our riders and staff to sponsors and management. We have all been working really hard behind the scenes to make this happen and the news received is a proud moment for all concerned.”

Drops Cycling Team

Drops Cycling Team will officially launch on Friday 12th February 2016 at the London Cycle Show. Competitive action will get underway a few weeks later, on 2nd March at the GP Samyn in Belgium.

#ColourTheRoad
Web: www.drps.cc
Twitter: @dropscycling
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dropscycling/
Instagram: @dropscycling

Nike BIKETOWN visual identity

Nike BIKETOWN
Nike BIKETOWN is a $10 million five year partnership agreement for Portland Bike Share. Nike has a long history with Portland so it’s fitting that they should partner with the City of Portland to offer such initiatives. For more than 40 years, Nike has called the greater Portland area home, the company has both committed to and developed strong ties within the community and these orange bikes are just part of that. Talking of orange bikes, it’s the visual identity of these bikes that is interesting for those of us that might not live in Portland.

The BIKETOWN bikes are Nike Orange, a color that has been synonymous with Nike since 1971, when founder Phil Knight and his first employee Jeff Johnson introduced the hue on the shoebox of the first shoe to bear the brand’s trademark Swoosh.

It wasn’t until 1989, however, that Orange was labeled the company’s official signature color. Today, an orange shoebox is instantly identifiable as “Nike.” The bikes of BIKETOWN are a direct extension of this icon, with the baskets on the front of the bikes even designed to look like shoeboxes.

The bright wraps also serve a safety purpose and include strategically placed, complementary reflective gray tape and logos. Additional, limited-edition bike wrap designs unique to Nike will be released periodically, celebrating Nike and Portland’s shared spirit of invention.

Nike is extending this heritage with this partnership. The partnership, which includes $10 million over five years, will increase the number of bikes in the Portland Bike Share Program from the 600 that were initially planned to 1,000. Additionally, Nike is contributing designs for BIKETOWN’s stations, the visual bike identity and digital branding.

Nike BIKETOWN

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Hunt Wheels Open Dev Team

Hunt Wheels Open Dev Team

Hunt Wheels are launching an Open Development Program. They have partnered with Giro to offer their iconic Synthe helmets, as well as team clothing by Mobel and wheels of course, to six riders in return for feedback and product suggestions. Applications are open to anyone who rides road, cyclo-cross or gravel from any country in the world. Hunt point out that being fast is not a factor in their team member selection process, instead your willingness to provide good feedback and ideas is what they are looking for. There is promise on the Hunt website of an MTB option in the future too.

Applications are open now at www.HuntBikeWheels.com/OpenDev and close on the 15th February with the team announced mid March.

“Last year Josh Ibbett, our Hunt Brand Manager, made a gargantuan effort to complete 2600 miles in under 10 days and win the epic 2015 Transcontinental Race. Like Josh we all need to push our riding limits, gain exciting new experiences, explore places by bike we thought we wouldn’t and achieve feats that seemed impossible. We’ve always done things a bit differently here at Hunt and OpenDev is an important new stage in our research and development process. OpenDev allows us to expand our work with riders, discuss and enhance our product ideas and keep moving forwards. OpenDev will help us provide our customers with the lightweight fast wheels they need for their riding styles of today and tomorrow.”

Hunt Wheels Open Dev Team

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

Matt Randall presents us with 10 photographs from the British National Cyclocross Championships 2016 which took place last weekend (Jan 9-10). It looked pretty brutal and packed full of mud, the faces post race range from pure agony to just pure relief. For a full report or results, click here.

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

British National Cyclocross Championships 2016

Photographs by Matt Randall.
Website: mattrandallphotography.co.uk
Instagram: @mattrandallphotography

Simpson Magazine – Issue 9

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Simpson Magazine – Issue 9: The People edition, hear from some of the creative thinkers and pioneers who make the world of cycling the stimulating and thought-provoking place it is. Simpson Magazine quiz Dom Mason, founder of Mason Cycles, about the price of perfectionism. Explore the exquisite detail of Rowley Haverly’s miniature figures and chat to the first lady of Irish cycling ­­­­­photography Karen M Edwards. Jack Chevell compares the 6 day races of London and Gent and Marshall Kappel takes you to New York’s Central Park for a spin.

Pick up a copy now for £6, here.

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