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The Obree Way – Review

I reviewed the Obree Way last year, but it cost £30 (which was a bit pricey even for a good book.) But  I see it’s available in paperback for £11.99 now. The Obree Way at BTW: I follow Obree’s world speed record attempts with interest – blog at Cycling Weekley The Obree way is […]

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Training power meter file

I’m sure I’ll get bored of my new power meter toy soon. But, until I do, here is a training file from a recent ride. I uploaded to Golden Cheeter and got a headache looking at all the graphs and variables which didn’t really mean too much. In the post-ride slump, examining figures on your […]

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Training – Don’t forget to enjoy it

At the race on Sunday, a young hill climber asked for some advice on training for hill climbs. I just about managed to blurt out ‘you could try some intervals’ I was probably more concerned with deciding how many home made scones and jam I wanted to eat – my mind seemed to go blank […]

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Tips for beginner road cyclists

For those just starting to get into road cycling, these are a few tips from my own experience of riding a bike for past 20 years. Buying a bike The first place to start is with buying a road bike. You don’t have to spend a fortune. For an entry level road bike, I would […]

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Puncture repair kits and cyclists by the side of the road

I was out training around Stokenchurch and Marlow; and after several hill intervals, I was looking for a reason to take a breather. On a quiet country  lane near Frieth, I saw a cyclist walking along the road, not looking terribly happy. I stopped to ask if there was a problem. He replied a double […]

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First thoughts on a power meter

My Quark power meter arrived yesterday. I haven’t quite become Chris Froome, just yet (see tumblr: Chris Froome looking at stems) Here are few initial observations on power meters. I remember seeing a photo of Bradley Wiggin’s power output after winning the UK 10 mile TT championship in 2011, and showing his average power output […]

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The slowest recovery ride

They say one of the hardest rides to do is a proper recovery ride. A recovery ride where you really take it easy. One hour of gentle spinning, nothing over 60% of max heart rate. The problem is that, because it feels so easy, we instinctively want to make a recovery ride a little bit […]

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Grassington, Kidstone pass, Hawes – Tour de France stage 2014

It was a case of the sublime and the ridiculous today. Firstly, the weather was sublime. 25 degrees, sunny, little wind. When you get this weather in the Yorkshire Dales, it’s hard to beat it. With the National 100, five days away, I wanted to do a good five hour ride. I decided to do […]

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Cycling from Settle-Carlisle to Yorkshire Dales

With a weekend off racing, I decided to do something a little different. I cycled five miles to Bingley and got a train on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line to Dent station. The line is a feat of epic Victorian engineering. Ribblehead viaduct It never really made much profit and has, a few times, narrowly avoided been […]

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Inverted pyramid intervals – G. Wright

‘The interval method from hell‘ – that is how Stuart Dangerfield described a particular set of pyramid interval training sessions, designed by Gordon Wright. However, although very intense, it helped Stuart Dangerfield to a string of successes at domestic short distance time trialling. His achievements included lowering the competition record for 10 mile TT to […]

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Core strength for cycling

Over the years I’ve gleaned a few  bits from Cycling Weekly’s training advice One thing they always seem to go on about is ‘core strength’ i.e making the lower and middle body stronger to hold a good position when cycling. I’ve never paid too much attention to this aspect of cycling. I’ve always leaned to […]

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