After a sparse road racing calendar in 2019, my fitness began to drop more than I'd anticipated it would. Switching the default outdoor ride choice from road to MTB has been really fun and my ability to do punchy efforts has remained in tact but the sustained higher intensity efforts have been neglected. Also, [...]
A few days away in Cornwall with the family and friends was possibly not ideal preparation ahead of Round 3 of the Southern XC Series. A couple of coastal rides kept the legs ticking over but I didn't feel overly sharp as I arrived in the New Forest, en route to home from North [...]
With each day, we edge nearer daylight saving time. Getting to the highest point for the rising of the sun is the best possible start to the day. When I was running, this was my half way point for a morning run but now I'm cycling as a primary sport, the 'Bench' signals the end [...]
Southern XC Round 1 Matterley Estate just outside Winchester was the location for the first in the Southern XC series. A potential quagmire was narrowly avoided thanks to a late start time of 1430, giving the course some time to dry out. Morning starters had a tough time of it apparently. Getting round [...]
One of my favourite parts of the British Isles is the Gower Peninsula and today only reinforced that. The last visit here was pre kids and with a house full of mates and their partners. It was one of our annual cottage trips that has sadly fallen away due to kids and work commitments etc. [...]
Seeing the light.
Parentini If you've never heard of Parentini before, they're an Italian company that have been making cycle clothing since 1976 and have supplied custom clothing for professional racing cyclists and teams over the years. I'm delighted to be working with Giampaulo and his team to help develop business within the UK cycling club [...]
A hard earned 2nd place at the 2nd race in the Brass Monkeys series at Minley in fantastic conditions.
Writing this in final days as the custodian of O2e, it's been fun to look back over the last two years as Chair of our wonderful charity. Being the successor to Slatts was a daunting task as his shoes were, and still are, unfillable. However, any trepidation on my part was overcome by the support and [...]