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Mistakes of Cycling Nutrition

Mistakes of Cycling Nutrition

Sometimes as a newcomer to the sport, it’s easy to ignore aspects of fuelling and eating. When you get into cycling finding the lightest carbon fibre component seems much more interesting than discovering the right combination of energy drinks. But, whearas light weight components may save a couple of seconds, making mistakes in eating and […]

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Interview with Simon Warren

Interview with Simon Warren

  I like all aspects of cycling, but it’s climbing up hills which is probably my favourite aspect. Because I’ve climbed so many hills around the UK, I really enjoyed reading 100 Greatest hill climbs by Simon Warren- about some of the most testingĀ  hills for cycling in the UK. I asked the author, Simon […]

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Silly Helmets

Caption competition   I have a theory that the time getting ready for a bike ride is roughly inversely proportional to the time you spend on the bike. Go out for a 30min recovery ride, and you can guarantee you will have to spend 30 mins looking for your glasses, helmet, shoes, and then fixing […]

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Laws and Rules about Cycling

  The Highway code reflects some legal requirements. At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights [Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24)] This is a law. The Highway code also offers ‘advisory notices’ on how you should behave. E.g. You should keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling […]

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Tips for Riding a Cyclo Sportive

Tips for Riding a Cyclo Sportive

Cyclo sportives are one of the big growth areas of cycling. There are a growing range of different sportives which allow entrants the opportunity to ride a certain route at whatever pace they like. They provide a clear challenge, which is both manageable and allows a degree of flexibility in how you approach it. Cyclo […]

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Constant Energy Levels

Constant Energy Levels

One of the most useful things I’ve learnt this year, is managing blood sugar levels to avoid spikes and crashes in energy levels. Have you ever had that experience of eating a meal and then one hour later feeling very sleepy? I often had a routine of having a cappuccino in morning. Then for lunch […]

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Last of the Exams

Last of the Exams

Spot the helmet. Nice town bike

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Small Margins

Often when I write about something on this blog, it has has a habit of coming true. I write about how to avoid getting punctures, and promptly get 5 in a week. Write about road rage, and you get someone throwing a plastic bottle from window. On Saturday I wrote about marginal gains, so it […]

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Training for Cycle Sportives

Training for Cycle Sportives

Cycle sportives are one of the fastest growing areas of cycling. They provide one day challenges of both distance and climbing. Some of the hardest cycle sportives can be as difficult and demanding as a stage of the Tour de France. Many who are wanting to ride a 200km plus cycle sportive will be anxious […]

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marginal gains

Marginal Gains in Cycling

It was the British Cycling Team which popularised the notion of ‘marginal gains’. The idea is to strive for the even the tiniest improvement in every aspect of cycling. The idea is that if you add up all the ‘marginal gains’ this is enough to give a winning advantage. Dave Brailsford calls it the ‘aggregation […]

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Too Many Signs In Road

Too Many Signs In Road

I have been cycling under this roundabout in Headington for the past 15 years. Recently, I became aware of how many conflicting signs there are in the area. Headington Roundabout – very busy junction. Firstly, Cyclists are not supposed to use the roundabout (and I guess for a good reason) even the most experienced cyclist […]

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