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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Evans Ride It! Milton Keynes

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Evans Ride It! Milton Keynes

In January we teamed up with Evans Cycles to run a competition to find the Evans Super Sportiver to take part in a variety of Sportive events throughout the year and write blog reviews of the events.  The prize was the loan of a Jamis Xenith Pro 2011 Road Bike, plus kit, petrol and event entry costs paid for the year. The lucky winner was 32 year old South Londoner James Berresford, and here he brings us his first report as the 2011 Evans Super Sportiver.

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: The Spring Onion Classic

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: The Spring Onion Classic

"Now in its fifth consecutive year the Spring Onion Sportive is a very nice early season test of your fitness.  Originally a reliability ride for the South Western Road Club and in succeeding years opened up as a Sportive, this event has increased in popularity year on year and due to high demand 750 rider places were on offer and were snapped up quickly." writes Mark Tearle for Cyclosport.org

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: The Puncheur

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: The Puncheur

"According to a word reference forum on that there internet 'Puncheur' translates to mean "A cyclist with the ability to use their initiative, take the race into their own hands, attack at the crucial moment, and kick hard again and again".  As a lazy English person who simply refuses to let the brain deal with another language I will take that particular contributor's word for it as it pretty much assumes the attitude of this days riding." writes Mark Tearle for Cyclosport.org

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: The Hell of the Ashdown

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: The Hell of the Ashdown

"On the penultimate day of February 2011, 1200 riders gathered at the Charles Darwin School, Biggin Hill, Kent; that is after battling for a car space along the residential streets around the school and changing in prep for the ride in front of the startled inhabitants. Ok, so I may be exaggerating about the startled inhabitants, though I dare say none of them were too pleased about the disruption of that many cars descending on what looked like an otherwise sleepy residential estate." writes Mark Tearle for Cyclosport.org

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Rollapaluza

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Rollapaluza

"A slightly tense and apprehensive atmosphere soon turned into a highly charged fizz of excitement and noise from the assembled crowd in the function room of Bibendum, one of Eastbourne's premier Wine Bars, as the Rollapaluza action began to hot up. Tonight's evening was organised and sponsored by The Tri Store, an excellent store with a very fine reputation in Eastbourne, the surrounding areas and online." writes Mark Tearle for Cyclosport.org

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Cyclosport BLOG: End of Year Review by Howard Johnson

Cyclosport BLOG: End of Year Review by Howard Johnson

"Wow. What a year this has been. It is customary for magazines and websites to review the year, choose a highlight of the year, or a person of the year. For me, this year, I can choose one special moment, but there have been so many other moments in the year that have also been very special, as well as so many people that have given me so much help and support." writes Howard Johnson for Cyclosport.org

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Evans Ride It! Cliddesden

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Evans Ride It! Cliddesden

A Remembrance Day ride in more ways than one. Those that are familiar with me know that my home town is Basingstoke in Hampshire - you wouldn't know it to look at me of course. Anyway, my point in telling you all this is that today I returned after many years away to ride those roads where I first cycled a road bike in my formative years. Those hot summer days where I would steal away on my Dads Reynolds 531 steel Holdsworth, writes Mark Tearle for Cyclosport.org.

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: The Exmoor Beast

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: The Exmoor Beast

There are some events that get under your skin, for many reasons. Distance, severity of climbs, location, or a combination of all three. Or in my case, for this event, failure. Failure to complete in 2008, sat on the top of Dunkery Beacon hoping the sag wagon comes soon to pick me up. Wet, cold tired and thoroughly miserable at Lynmouth last year. This year, third time lucky - no excuses, writes Howard Johnson for Cyclosport.org

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A Look Back at Last Year's South Downs 100

A Look Back at Last Year's South Downs 100

It is the Wiggle South Downs 100 Sportive this Sunday. In 2010, Cyclosport.org's Mark Tearle completed the route - Here is his review of last year's great event to give you an idea of what to expect.

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Team Sky Official Kit

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Team Sky Official Kit

It's been a season of ups and downs for 'new team on the block', Team Sky. When I was asked to review a Medium Sized Team Sky kit for Cyclosport.org, I did the only thing I could do and passed it on to the Medium Sized Mr. Blades to try out on his winter rides to work. Whilst there's no denying the kit looks, for want of a better word, very cool, how does it stand up to the rainy Autumnal evenings? writes Holly Blades for Cyclosport.org.

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Severn Bridge Sportive

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Severn Bridge Sportive

 It's almost the time for the sportive season to close - As the professionals were racing in the monsoon style rain in the Giro di Lombardy, or race of the falling leaves on the Saturday, I for one was glad to be in Johnson Towers watching from the warm and dry comfort of my bachelor pad. I no longer "do" extreme weather and I was hoping for more autumnal conditions for the Severn Bridge sportive the following day writes Howard Johnson for Cyclosport.org

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Chasing Legends

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Chasing Legends

Chasing Legends, which makes it way into cinemas for one night only on Thursday 21st October, is essentially a diary of Team HTC-Columbia's experiences at the 2009 Tour de France. I was lucky enough to see a preview of the film recently, to see what all the fuss is about after what's been a pretty heavy PR drive from the promotions team. Fortunately, it wasn't a disappointment and deserves all the hype that has surrounded it so far, writes Holly Blades for Cyclosport.org

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Bike Blenheim Palace Sportif

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Bike Blenheim Palace Sportif

"The Bike Blenheim Palace Sportive is just one element of a weekend of cycling at Blenheim, where arguably the highlight must be the Brompton World Championships. A choice of 60 and 100 mile courses are yours, and our team of three headed out with the intention of going the whole hundred despite a training regime that was basically 'getting out when you can'." writes Simon Clayson for Cyclosport.org

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Polar RS800CX Advanced Sports Watch

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: Polar RS800CX Advanced Sports Watch

Polar have an unrivalled reputation for making sports instruments and heart rate monitoring equipment for the sports professional and aficionado. The RS800X comes in various packages - the option that came through my door was the bike specific with the added G3 GPS sensor, which allows you to track your route. In age, life-cycle stage, gender, income, social class and lifestyle I would tick all the right boxes for a product like this writes Mark Tearle for Cyclosport.org.

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Cyclosport.org REVIEW: New Forest 100

Cyclosport.org REVIEW: New Forest 100

"What a sharp contrast between the weather of early September when I previewed this ride and Sunday 3rd October - almost a month to the day.  But then again, it is OCTOBER what did we all expect!" writes Mark Tearle in his review of the Wiggle Super Series New Forest 100 Sportive, for Cyclosport.org, featuring a Twitter interview with the organisers and a participant in the "Fun" route.

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