After a most enjoyable day spent on the lanes of Hampshire with the JustPedal crew back in September and with the allure of warm weather, luxury accommodation and plenty of winter miles on offer, it didn’t take much persuading to sign up to their February Trip.
In the space of twenty four hours, the weather forecast went from passable to far from it. Snowflakes appeared next to the blue drops under the grey clouds, and the predicted temperature dropped yet further. But what’s a forecast, right?
Following on from a stellar 2012 event, it comes as no surprise that places are being snapped up quickly for this year’s Wiggle Etape Cymru, having already passed 1000 entrants, a 145% increase against this time last year.
Set totally within Yorkshire ride – you’ll be criss-crossing the route of the 2014 Tour de France stage 1 route and, to a lesser extent, stage 2 - with 2 challenging route options, iconic climbs and picturesque scenery from the first to last pedal-stroke.
Smartphones have become a way of life in today's world, with users spending, on average, over two-hours per day interacting with one. As cyclists, we have also cottoned onto this trend and there are now a wide variety of smartphone apps, both for the iPhone and Android-based phones, which aim to enhance your cycling experience.
As Sir Brad Wiggins enters the final stages of the Giro this May, thousands of sportive riders from across the world will be hoping to create their own little piece of Wiggo magic on the twists, turns and gradients of Somerset’s roads.
Simon Thomson and Geoff Saxon, the men behind Kilo To Go talk about their experiences of setting up the Cheshire Cat sportive in 2007 one of the iconic early season events.
The run up to this event wasn't good for me, I'd had a cold and mild chest infection after the Mad March Hare the previous week, and the weather forecast was pretty horrendous; arctic temperatures, high north easterly winds and snow.
I roped in a couple of friends, Marc and Dan this year, for some early season 'go hard or go home' larks - the incentive being to push as hard as possible to check early season form.
The first of HotChillee’s multi-stage cycling events in its Global Event Series, the Cape Rouleur, has reached its conclusion for 2013. The Cape Rouleur did not disappoint, following HotChillee’s renowned event formula making it a truly professional event for amateurs.
The Santini Cotswold Spring Classic, a traditional sportive season opener for many, is now less than four weeks away - sticking to its annual Easter Monday date, meaning this year it falls on 1st April. The 2012 event saw Italian clothing giant Santini come on-board as the main sponsor for the event, and this is continuing in 2013 for both the Spring and Autumn Classic events.
Entries are now open for the second Marlow Red Kite Ride Sportive on Sunday September 1st with the number of places available being 500, a rise from 360 at the inaugural event in 2012.
After the snow, freezing rain and sub zero temperatures put paid to the proposed opening race weekend two weeks ago at Brussel-Opwijk, the past week has seen myself, and the amateur Belgian peloton at large finally get the race season proper under way. Now, it feels like it’s never been away.
Zappi’s Gran Fondo, now in its second year, continues to ride the wave of success that engulfed the first and take Oxfordshire’s newest sportive to even greater heights!
Stage Three of HotChillee's 2013 Cape Rouleur kicked-off in Franschhoek at 05:15 with riders in high spirits as they geared-up for the final 208km stage of the event. Team Bulls' Urs Huber took first place at the end of Stage Three, earning him enough points to claim the Pro Yellow Jersey of overall winner.