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200 mile Summer Solstice Ride

200 mile Summer Solstice Ride

After ticking over the 100 mile mark and nearing the end of a long day in the saddle, I like to think that most cyclists make the joke about it only being their first lap when they return home. Or at least that’s how I rationalise my own desire to do such a ridiculously long ride. Surely everyone wants to be able to say they’ve ridden 200 miles on a push bike? Since last summer, the idea of the double…

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How to get Faster and Stronger in Winter

How to get Faster and Stronger in Winter

For a lot of cyclists, winter is a bleak time. Cold, wet, muddy, slippery, dark. It’s a time when many will just stick with a steady weekend club ride, resign to the turbo trainer, or hang the bike up entirely until the sun comes back out; getting faster and stronger just isn’t an option. But winter doesn’t have to be a miserable time, and it’s definitely no excuse to cut back on training. Yes, it is cold and wet, and…

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Lessons Learned from my Second Hill Climb Season

Lessons Learned from my Second Hill Climb Season

For the second consecutive year, Bank Road, for me, signified the end of the hill climbing season. Despite Haytor being a comparatively long climb, a 4-hour drive for a 12-minute effort didn’t at all appeal to me, and besides, it meant I could celebrate with a big greasy portion of fish and chips.  It’s also a massive relief that I can go out on my next few rides to just enjoy being on the bike, rather than burying myself to the point of vomiting at…

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Slow start to the Hill Climb season

Slow start to the Hill Climb season

1:57.4. It’s absolutely bonkers that someone would spend weeks training, following a structured training plan and being careful to avoid any unnecessary carbs and fats for an effort that lasts under 2 minutes. But that’s hill climbing! A few weeks back I devised my own little training plan in order to help me achieve a PB at the Monsal hill climb. I was actually fairly ambitious at the time, and rightly so because in the months prior I had improved…

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