It’s that time of year – New Bike Syndrome strikes again

The dawn of new season bikes emerges around September and continues through to December each year (and let’s not forget the Nouveau Beaujolais sitting pretty on Nov 15th!). For the southerners, that’s Spring. After which the weather only gets better, along with the range of new bikes becoming available. It’s a difficult time for cyclingContinue reading “It’s that time of year – New Bike Syndrome strikes again”

The best time to start: Now or 20 years ago

There’s a saying that goes: When’s the best time to plant a tree? Now or 20 years ago. This could not have been better exemplified than at Le Boulou, France on the weekend. Sunday saw the simultaneous running of the regional cyclocross championships across France, the filtration process to identify this years best of theContinue reading “The best time to start: Now or 20 years ago”

Calculating on the Unforeseen

Two Grand Dames. I’d calculated a return trip of around 2 hours, about 60kms out and back south along the coast to the French/Spanish border. No need to upload GPS tracks in preparation, this was a known route. Though, in this region “Le Vent”, the wind, is one of the unknown quantities. Extreme in itsContinue reading “Calculating on the Unforeseen”

Globe-trotting strava cyclists will be into this!

For the Strava / GPS users out there that happen to travel with their bike, you’ll appreciate this little web tool. By referencing your Strava Rider ID and uploading all your cycling history, this tool will create a global Google map with all your rides. A nice little virtual pin-board to drop in to yourContinue reading “Globe-trotting strava cyclists will be into this!”

Bernard Hinault: Last King of Bikes

Web Snippet: From French Television (5) comes this great documentary on Bernard Hinault, “Dernier Roi du Velo” (Last King of Bikes). Particularly worthwhile is the scene 32’00” to 33’40” from the Tour de France when the Last King is riding in the L’Etape du Coeur ride and the BMC Team come flying by on theirContinue reading “Bernard Hinault: Last King of Bikes”

WebSnippet: 100 cols in 10 days?

Web Snippet: Cycling Challenge Confero Mavericks Cycling Team Manager and Rapha man Adam Horler put me onto this ride. It’s for the climbers, that’s for sure. Here’s the link: Cent Cols in 10 days by Phillip Deeker. Pyrenees or Alps? Personally if I were to take it on, it’d be the Pyrenees, southern France isContinue reading “WebSnippet: 100 cols in 10 days?”

Navi-what? Navigarminating. Find your ride.

<a name=””>  Do you have a certain penchant for travel? I do, especially with my devoted companion, my bicycle. When traveling however, it’s not always easy to find that local training ride or get to the top of that secret single-track, or in fact meet a knowledgeable local to ride with. Here is possibly aContinue reading “Navi-what? Navigarminating. Find your ride.”