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Build it and they will come. Last Sunday a huge peloton of cyclists joined the marmottes, the eagles and (slightly worringly) the wolves in the Mercantour National Park for the first edition of 'Europe's Highest Sportive'
Now that the feeling in our legs has returned and enough pain au chocolat have been consumed to replace the used energy, it’s time for the debrief. Continue reading →
Somewhere in a dark, dank corner of an old dis-used factory, there must be a mould where they produce long-distance cyclists en mass to be sent out and traverse the globe in a two-wheeled quest to answer questions only they feel the need to ask themselves. How long can I go? How high can I go? How many borders can I cross? Continue reading →
‘Everesting’ was invented by George Mallory Jr (grandson of THE George Mallory) who, while training for an expedition to the North Ridge, came up with the idea of riding his bicycle up and down the 1,084m Mt Donna Buang in Australia, until he’d achieved the same elevation as the biggest of big mountains. Our attempt originated in less noble circumstances. Continue reading →
This weekend the streets of the City will be full of skinsuits rather than tailored ones as the Mr Porter London Nocturne celebrates its 10th anniversary as THE festival of cycling in London. Not only do everyday cycling enthusiasts get to compare themselves with the professionals around a course that includes landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral, but folding bikes and penny farthings will also be racing. And the new Concourse D'elegance competition merges fashion and cycling - a challenge to put on your most stylish cycling outfit, polish up your bike and share the Nocturne Circuit Continue reading →
We’d been told there would be no helicopters. That the Mercan’Tour National Park didn’t care if it was the second biggest Grand Tour in the world, that this beautiful landscape only stays that way by not giving in to commercial pressures. We were told wrong.
The sudden thump of rotor blades announces the aerial armada from the southern side of the mountain and heads turn upwards to see the single dot in the sky circle the Cime de la Bonette. Continue reading →