Training

  • Winter Cycling : More Conversation, Same Action?

     

    I’ll be honest. I don’t like winter training. Getting out of bed in the dark and cold. Looking at the lightening sky to divine what the weather will later throw at you from above.

    Putting the porridge and coffee on and then, while they bubble and brew, layer after layer of clothing on your body, which still wants to be in that lovely, warm bed. Continue reading

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    THE CANNIBAL & THE COUILLOLE

     

    Eddy Merckx, wearing the yellow jersey, rode the Col de la Couillole in 1975 on the way from Nice to Pra-Loup during Stage 15 of that year's Tour. It was a day that went down in Tour history - just as the first edition of La Mercan’Tour Café du Cycliste will take a prominent place in the cycling albums of the 499 lucky riders who tackle the same Col before the finish line in Valberg.
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    100 X 7

    Rumour has it Robbie Chrisman tore apart a quality group ride carrying a back pack, wearing sneakers and sitting on a vintage steel frame. Impressive? Certainly. Intimidating? Possibly. The kind of guy I need to do seven centuries in seven days? Definitely. Continue reading

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    The Wet Sculptor

    Words: Dave Smith // Pictures: Abe J Smith & Harry Engels

    Trying to escape from water in Ireland is like trying to block sunlight in Provence. You can try all you like, but it’s not going to go away any time soon.

    Growing up I learned quickly that when it’s not raining, that just means it’s going to rain. Continue reading

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    THE VOODOO CYCLISTE

    Pics: Harry Engels & Kong Fùfù

    High on the climbs and cols above Nice, a crime spree had been taking place. Out of sight but not out of mind, an anonymous rider was snatching Strava KOMs more effectively than Burke and Hare ever snatched their bodies. There was blood on them there roads… Continue reading

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