A lost love…..

I have just sold my road bike! I own a bike shop and I love bikes. However, it’s not always about the bike. It’s the riding that is more important to me. In fact my passion for riding is more a need for speed and physical exertion. All I need is a good bike and…

Rule 5 – Tuesday Nights

I can’t sleep. Back to the old routine of super intense physical effort, pain, battle of will, endorphins, the rush that no drug can ever match. And the fear! I’m not used to it. Full tilt in a line at 45 kph the risk of toughing a wheel is immense. Don’t get dropped, don’t get dropped…

Wilier Cento 10 Air Review

I have a couple of Wiliers and have been lucky enough to have ridden other models whilst in Italy under the Italian hospitality of Wilier. After my first trip I came home having ordered a bike and the same happened on the last trip. There must be something working well in their hospitality department. I…

The real thing

For a while now we have been riding around the deserted streets of Worthing on a Tuesday evening. Over the winter it kept the legs going fast and provided some endurance interval work for the rest of the time. It was (is) a jolly. Lots of banter and few new misses and, with the exception…

Cyclist can be idiots to, don’t always blame the drivers

Last evening’s ride looked like fun with a lot of new faces. I try to greet them all as many riders often younger keep themselves to themselves and that is when you get that cold, exclusive feeling sometimes joining a new cycle group. The Tuesday ride is far from that, on the contrary, there is…

Who needs racing?

One of the reasons that I raced mountain and road bikes was that it was the one sure way of getting a good ride. Recently, however, I have been getting all of my fun on the Tuesday rides. These sessions allow me to do what I did in mountain bike racing and yearn to do…

Obey the rules

When does a gathering become a movement? There were 27 out for an incident packed ride last night. It is incredibly social and very hard. You need to suffer to make it worthwhile. Put a lot in and you get a lot out. It was nice to hear Howard expounding the same views as me….

Wake up call

I rode the Hove Park Crit yesterday. Bad ride! I felt nervous and weak and had no strength on the climb. I rode a near perfect race keeping out of trouble and safe near the front but each time that we climbed the S out of the bottom corner my legs really ached. I knew…

More and more riders!

Last night there were 22 riders out for the Tuesday Thrash. It is amazing what a bit of good weather can do. The same was the case on Sunday. I saw riders on virtually every stretch of road from families, sportive riders to various levels of sports rider. Car drivers are beginning to notice. The…

It’s all starting to come together

It’s all starting to come together. The sun is out, it is getting warmer and this last week I felt strong. I don’t train, haven’t done for years but I do try to ride wisely. By wise I mean not over doing it. The golden rule is no more that 10% a max per week,…