Microadventure in Wales

Several weeks ago I sent off an email to a couple of friends, suggesting a trip to Wales for a few days riding bikes. For several reasons the plan took longer to come to fruition than anticipated, so rather than catching the last of the milder autumn weather we set off just as the fist…

Gear Review: 45NRTH Fasterkatt

Anyone who has spent much time in the UK will know that it rains — a lot. During just about every ride, at any time of the year, an unexpected deluge is a distinct possibility. While this isn’t too much of an issue in the summer months, it can make winter rides a nightmare. Great…

Unsupported vs. Supported Racing

  Last week I drove up to the Cotswolds to have a chat with the guys at Qoroz about the Trans Am Bike Race. During the course of the discussion, I was asked what I meant when I said that the race was “entirely unsupported.” It was an important question — after all, it’s the unsupported…

Training in North Carolina

One of the purposes of this blog is to act as a personal training log — while this is mainly to give me a record that will keep me honest and committed to putting the miles in, I hope it will also be entertaining and informative! This is what I’ve been up to on the bike…

Endurance Cycling Tips

Kristof Allegaert, the man-machine who won the Transcontinental Race, recently produced a list of endurance cycling tips; while I agree with everything on his list, there are a couple of things I’d add: Long over-night rides In the year building up to a multi-day endurance cycling event, do some long over-night rides. This allows for…

Winter Riding

Apologies for the lack of new posts recently — it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Regular (or at least intermittent) service should resume from now on. I’ve been feeling the onset of winter sapping my desire to ride recently, so thought I’d share some tips that have helped me push through the slump and…

Motivation: Why Ride?

As a bit of a change of pace from the gear reviews and ride reports I usually post here, I thought I’d answer a question I get asked a lot… Motivation: why ride? One of the questions I’m asked the most — either by strangers whilst on the road or by friends and family when…