Category Archives: Guides & TIps

Guides, tips and advice from our experience cycling to help you out with your sportives, races and other cycling events.

Christmas Gifts for Cyclists

It’s time to start thinking about what to buy your significant other and time to start drafting your letter for Santa. Join us as we take a look at some excellent and (relatively) inexpensive Christmas gifts for cyclists.

Books

If you or your partner or family are into cycling, it’s inconceivable that there won’t be a cycling book that appeals. There are just so many available. Do you want to read about your hero? Do you want to read about hills? Do you want to read about the history of a particular race? Or do you want to read about the dark side of the sport? There’s something for everyone. Here are a few suggestions:

Bradley Wiggins – My Time

Bradley Wiggins My Time

Bradley Wiggins My Time

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Cycling with Raynaud’s Disease

Raynaud’s Disease, or Raynaud’s Phenomenon, is a condition that affects blood supply to certain parts of the body, most often the fingers and toes.

The blood vessels go into spasm and the toes and fingers lose blood flow and can turn a white or blue colour.

It’s a fairly common affliction and can be particularly troublesome for cyclists as our hands and feet spend prolonged time outside over the winter months.

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8 Tips for riding a wet sportive safely in the rain

If you’re unlucky enough to wake up on the big day to dark skies and dampness in the air, there are some precautions and tips you can follow to ensure you still have a safe and fun ride.

Slow down

Slow down and you’re more likely to successfully and safely complete a wet sportive. Breaking time is increased in the wet so keep it in mind. Your tyres will have less traction and are more likely to lock out and skid than they would in the dry. Even though it’s tempting to ride a sportive as fast as possible, for your own safety, take it a bit easier.

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Sportive bike vs road bike vs race bike

Following on from our look at what a sportive is, we look at the bikes you might ride in a sportive. It doesn’t really matter what kind of bike you use to ride a sportive but certain types of bike may make it easier than others. Different bikes have differing characteristics and are optimised for different purposes.

Sportive Bike

A sportive bike is just road bikes with a focus on comfort over all out speed. That’s not to say that sportive bikes are slow but any compromises made lean towards comfort. Sometimes they are called endurance bikes.

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What is a sportive?

In the first of a series of articles about sportives, we’ll explain what exactly a sportive is, for those of you who are unsure.

A sportive is a mass participation, non-competitive event

Riders participating in a sportive

Riders participating in a sportive

Sportives are non-competitive cycling events with hundreds or thousands of riders. They are not races, although the riders are often timed over the course.

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