Update! There is now a 2020 version of this post. I’ve compiled a list of local club 2019 reliability rides for the West Midlands area. Dates and routes are to the best of my knowledge and research but I accept no liability (and so on and so on) for you turning up and it’s not […]
Teams are starting to release their new jerseys and we find out how we will have to re-adjust our eyes to inspecting the pro peloton in full flow in 2019. Some teams traditionally keep basically the same jersey year on year (Quickstep…) but some teams have seen a radical re-design and shift in colours – so far Team Sunweb fit that bill with their 2019 jersey.
The Rapha Festive 500 Challenge for 2018 will follow the same format as previous years. The challenge is to cycle 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve inclusive. Riders around the world can take part, which makes the challenge a lot easier for those in the Southern Hemisphere (particularly Aussies) than it does for […]
It’s that time of year where the nights are closing in, the days are much colder and suddenly it’s a lot harder to get the motivation to head outside to cycle. Luckily, Christmas is around the corner so we can treat ourselves (or be treated to) something nice. Being cyclists, we get a pretty clear […]
A review of the surprises and disappointments of 2018 and who to watch out for in 2019.
I finally got myself into time trials in 2017 after years of putting it off due to knowing I’d have to invest in a whole set of new kit and a fancy new bike. I started with some club TTs and some of the Open TTs that were easy to get to from my then […]
The men’s time trial has the serious issue of the Gnadenwald climb, 2.6km at an average gradient of 10.5%. This may take this year’s time trial away from the out and out time trial specialists and more into the hands of those GC contenders that can time trial well. Other than the initial climb and […]
The 2018 women’s world championship time trial takes place on a hilly 28.5km course starting in Hall-Wattens before finishing in the host city of Innsbruck. A number of short climbs will really test the legs – the last little ‘nick’ in the profile map below could be the deciding point as a test for how well […]
The Spanish equivalent of La Course (the women’s ‘tour’ de France) harks back to the pre-mountain stage days of that race. Taking place on the same day as the finale of the men’s Vuelta, the women’s race takes place on the same finishing circuit in Madrid, but with more laps and no ride from outside […]
I’ve managed to ride a bike or go around a couple of F1 circuits so far – including far away ones like Albert Park in Melbourne. The last time I got to ride on Silverstone was in the pre-Strava days (yes, they did exist and no, I’m not that old) back in 2011. Back then […]