Category: General Musings

Mamil Sportives, Valuable to Cycling or Menace?

Mamil Sportives, Valuable to Cycling or Menace?

The sportive sector has exploded in popularity in recent years, largely thanks to Mamils (middle aged men in lycra) taking up the sport. From a minority venture around 6-8 years ago, there is now a sportive somewhere in the country on any given weekend throughout the year. Some areas of the UK in particular are becoming heavily saturated with events, the South East and The...

The Audax Conundrum in the UK…

The Audax Conundrum in the UK…

Every year I look at the list of Sportives in the area (and a few further afield) and wince at the prices. Some are now hitting £30 which is an awful lot of money for some electronic timing (or not in one local case) and some village halls providing cake. Sure the routes are lovely and they’re a good excuse to go up either Dover’s...

What Your Cycling Kit Says About You…

What Your Cycling Kit Says About You…

A rider’s kit says a lot about a person…apart from the bike itself it’s the only way to add a bit of creativity, flair and personality to your ride. Your body is a blank canvas with which you can show off what sort of rider you are, be it hipster, racer, coffee shop regular or just simply a rider with no fashion sense. Wearing the...

Cycling with Bad Luck (or Me vs. Mechanical Issues)

Cycling with Bad Luck (or Me vs. Mechanical Issues)

They say that bad luck comes in threes, such as: You fall off, you hurt yourself..badly, you lose the race. I feel like I’ve been through a few of those circles in the last two weeks. Firstly there was the snapped hanger, which went because I got ideas in my head about changing gear. The immediate result of this was the derailleur throwing itself suicidally...