Blog post number 1, Earth date 07 March 2014. I am now officially in the market for a Chevrolet van to take me and my bike to Sicily. I will be riding every legendary stage of every legendary event that crosses my path en route, provided of course that I feel like it when the time comes round and it's halfway clement weather. And if I don't feel like it when the time comes round, I will read books and listen to music and chill out with my trusty steed for company instead. It's about the…Continue
Following an absolutely brilliant Het Nieuwsblad I made my way to Kortrijk where I had booked a cheap hotel, this was very deliberate on my part as Team Sky usually base themselves here for the season's opener. The following morning, suitably refreshed after a thoroughly enjoyable but long day following a spectacular seasons opener, I made my way to a much grander hotel than mine to find the mechanics and carers hard at work preparing for the day ahead. One of the great…Continue
I've been to the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris for the last 2 years. I've only been twice and each time a British cyclist has won. No British cyclists won for the 98 Tours that I didn't attend so you as you can see I'm a lucky mascot for the Sky team.
Despite this I'm not sponsored by Sky and need to make my own way there each year. The first year I flew there and returned on the Monday on the same plane as Cadel Evans, Michael Rogers, Simon Gerrans, Darryl Impey and…Continue
With those pampered winter training camps now a distant memory and those lucrative early season run-outs in Dubai and Oman quickly forgotten, the gloves finally came off last Saturday, when Ian Stannard rode to a powerful victory in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Early success for Team Sky in Flanders, but with Tom Boonen showing ominous form to sprint to victory in…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on March 6, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments
After a fairly long and unusually grey winter in the Alps the garage and turbo trainer has seemed a little darker than normal since I started training again on the 18th November. Anyway just under 3000km's later and a few kilos lighter as I'd promised myself for this coming summer my attention finally turns to getting out on the roads. The valley below provides me with some great riding at this time of year and it's quite special as it's not often ridden once the cols start to open later in…Continue
Added by Rob Hawkins (Colconquerors) on March 6, 2014 at 10:53 — No Comments
We had a phenomenal response to our Haute Route Pyrenees 2014 Competition that closed last week and we now have great pleasure in revealing our shortlist of entrants, one of whom will be lucky enough to be chosen by the legend that is Greg LeMond.
Many thanks to all the Wheelsuckers members who entered - we greatly enjoyed reading all your persuasive prose, but…Continue
Belgian team Omega Pharma - Quick-Step today confirmed that Mark Cavendish will compete in the 2014 edition of the Italian Classic, Milan-San Remo, on 23 March.
There has been some uncertainty in the past week as to whether the Manx Missile was to compete in the Monument he won so dramatically in 2009, but today, Rolf…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on March 4, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments
The good news was that compared to last year, Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was raced in a positive heatwave. Even better news, if like me, you are a Team Sky fan - they only went and won it..!
Following a crack of dawn ferry and a 90 minute drive to Gent I parked up and made my way to the start that was already a hive of activity. Even at this early hour the aroma of fried onions and beer was very evident and the spectators staking their place opposite the presentation stage was…Continue
Over the years I've been rather approximate when it's come to setting my saddle height. I've used the method of putting my heal on the pedal at the bottom of the stroke and adjusting my saddle until my leg is straight(ish).
This always felt to give a reasonable height but when I checked my bikes yesterday I realised that it must be quite approximate as there was a 3cm variation with my saddles set at 99-102cm when measured from the top of the saddle and down the seat tube to the pedal…Continue
Rapha revealed their Spring/Summer collection this week and the emphasis is very much on a warmer palette and some colourful updates of some perennial favourites. There is also an undeniably Italian flavour to the collection, with both Italian cycling legends and famous races providing inspiration for many of the designs. The women's range has also been extended and Rapha's partnership with Team Sky continues to provide opportunities to purchase clothing and accessories to show your support…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on February 28, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments
Surrey based company, OneLife iD, offer an extensive range of personalised ID cards and bracelets which hold emergency medical and contact information. A OneLife product ensures immediate identification, quick communication with your next-of-kin and provides 'peace of mind' whenever you ride out, whether alone or in a group. …Continue
In summary my recent experience of crashing and road rash is (i) it hurts and (ii) it can take a long time to heal. I had always known about (i) but seriously underestimated (ii); here's what happended.
In late December I went for an early morning ride around a familiar route from my home in Northampton. It was cold and there were a few puddles with thin ice over them but the roads themselves seemed fine. After about 10 miles I was peddling down a slight hill at about 25mph when I…Continue
Well - it seems that my Stages Powermeter hasn't been working as it should have ever since I purchased it.
It wouldn't pair with bluetooth devices after it'd been paired with a ANT+ unit. Only way to get it to see Bluetooth again was to remove the battery and leave it out for a while. This made checking for updated firmware a pain in the chamois region frankly, or at least would have, if the unit hadn't eaten batteries faster than I eat Belgian Waffles after a Century…Continue
Gore Bike Wear unveiled their Spring/Summer collection last week and it included some updates on several of their existing garments for both men and women, plus several new editions that further enhance their ever growing range of apparel for the road cyclist.
Gore has an solid reputation for fusing design and function and in their continual search to provide optimum performance, they have utilised innovative fabrics to develop their 'outfit systems'. These collections, like the…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on February 25, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments
Well Thursday was the first ride outside after starting to prepare for the new season in the mountains on the turbo over the past 3 months. Being snowbound for much of the winter has its disadvantages but it sure does mean I always really enjoy that first training ride outside toward to back end of February :-)
Added by Rob Hawkins (Colconquerors) on February 22, 2014 at 15:46 — No Comments
When Wheelsuckers' member Rory Owen went shopping for a new cycling jacket that would provide the necessary protection for the onset of Spring, he opted for the Power Windstopper Active Shell Jacket from Gore Bike Wear.
Gore is a brand that consistently offers stylish, well constructed cycling apparel that really performs in the conditions for which they are intended. The American manufacturer is…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on February 19, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments
Just got back from 70k ride round purbecks,not my fastest but first decent ride since christmas cos there is no rain today.Roads were dryish but plenty of puddles and potholes to contend with.
Keeping your core and extremities warm in deep winter are essential, but don't ever ignore your legs! They are, after all, the pistons that will keep you moving forward through the short dark days of winter so keeping them protected from the elements, warm, cosy and comfortable, is vitally important.
A decent pair of winter tights will provide both comfort and protection, so it is therefore no huge surprise that the fabrics and the pad insert used by the manufacturer are going to have…Continue