Some time ago, I signed up for the Lancashire Hotpot cyclosportive, an 85 mile pootle from Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, via Longridge Fell, the Trough of Bowland, Jubilee Tower and the Ashton Memorial, Lancaster to Stanley Park, Blackpool. Link (roll over me to see where I go) All started well, I set off with several others who [...]
The more observant of my reader will have noticed that it’s been a bit warm in this neck of the woods over the last few days so Mrs Anorak and myself have sensibly hidden from the blazing heat by riding bicycles through miles of glorious Lancastrian countryside with hardly any shelter. This was not some [...]
This, the 67 mile Cheshire Cat was my second sportive, last year’s medium Tour Ride around Stoke having been the first. The weather started off rather cool but warmed up by early afternoon to the point where arm warmers and gilet could happily be removed. Mow Cop is quite a climb. I’ve had one previous [...]
I love cycling. Some people may have noticed this. I love the freedom, the pain, (perhaps more particularly, the sensation when the pain stops at the top of a climb), the speed and the countryside. I love having to think about what I’m doing in traffic. I love the great feeling of being alive that [...]
The February half-term weather having been unusually kind, I set off for my third 50km ride of the week in cool, almost windless conditions under a glorious blue sky armed with six Geobars, a multitool and inner tube, a credit card, a car key, my trusty Garmin Edge (and paper map in case of technical [...]
I blogged the best part of eleven months ago about various of my feeble reasons for not cycling and followed up by suggesting that I might achieve an Eddington number of 30 by the end of last summer.
Christmas had, for me, rather a cycling theme to it this year: a stylish Solo cap, a substantial saddlebag and a Garmin Edge 305 GPS cycle computer. Potential purchasers of the Edge are cautioned that it is a better training device than a navigator and Frank Kinlan has a handy guide to using it for [...]
News reaches these parts of a project to map Britain’s cycle routes using the user-edited OpenStreetMap. It looks like an interesting project. If only I had some sort of GPS device to attach to my bike I could have a go at mapping some of Preston’s local routes.
I have belatedly come across the following important news from early April which demonstrates that the UCI, ASO and WADA have been taking the issue of doping in cycling seriously all along. Fat Cyclist » Blog Archive » 2007 Tour De France Winner Stripped of Title 2007 Tour De France Winner Stripped of Title “Really, [...]
Alexandre Vinokourov has tested positive for blood doping. Astana have withdrawn from the Tour de France. Maybe now’s the time for the UCI to get really serious about drugs in cycling. The current leader of the Tour, Denmark’s Michael Rasmussen, has been suspended from his national cycling team for having made the ‘administrative error’ of [...]