Why do I ride?

I sometimes wonder why I ride. In fact on a recent road ride it started to bother me. I’d had a fairly tumultuous winter but rode as much as I could or wanted too. I’d given up on mountain biking in December.  The wet winter never affected my road rides as whenever I went out,…

That lovely feeling when you’ve ridden hard.

We had to get back in a hurry. We didn’t say anything. We didn’t need to. The three us had done this many times before. First one takes a pull then the next, never really changing the order. Every once in a while one might show signs of slight weakness or extra strength but we…

South Downs Way – getting prepared

I have ridden the South Downs way once on 1989 and then over the last 4 years. Each time I just turned up and rode on natural fitness. Sometimes I prepared for it by tyre choice or weight reduction; but nothing really special. This time I am being a bit more thoughtful. I have definitely…

Wilier Cento 1 SR customer review

Wilier Cento1SR is it the best bike on the planet? – Andy Monk thinks so. He’s doing an Ironman later in the year and bought the Wilier to help him improve his time. “I’m sure we could all debate which set of wheels could take the above accolade ……… but what nobody can dispute is…

It’s all in the numbers, or is it?

Last week the Wilier Performance Progress lab set up here at Quest Adventure to do some testing. In all five of us had our FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and lactate tolerance tested. Now I am not training for anything, however, all my life I have been fascinated by my body’s ability to perform. I can…

Are drugs good? I love my Addict

If you mean chemicals that stimulate the body and mind then I would say yes. We all appreciate the nice sensation that they produce. However, before answering the question fully we must first look at how they are manufactured. Thanks to the efforts of the western world we have seen a 26% increase in poppy…

Lap dancing– awesome! Who’d think it was winter?

Winter is usually the time for easy miles, cold wet days and all your effort goes into keeping your spirits up. That is usually, but this is winter 2014. Last night it was mild with a promise of rain for eight so the plan was changed and we swapped quiet country lanes for the streets…

Overdoing it and the Scott Foil

I have been riding ever harder despite telling all that rest is the most important part of any training program. I can’t resist a hard ride. The feeling of riding on the limit is like a drug  I give into every time that I get on the bike.  Last Sunday all that I wanted to…