• Devil's Staircase Wales
    Pro Cycling

    Devil’s Staircase, Wales

    The Devil’s Staircase hill climb lies between the village of Abergwesyn and Tregaron in mid-Wales. Crossing the Cambrian Mountains, the Devils Staircase forms part of the much longer Abergwesyn Pass. The full pass is 14 miles long and is a…

  • Pro Cycling

    Climbs of the Tour of Flanders

    We’ve missed out on the Tour of Flanders this year (other than on Bkool) but the climbs are still there. The race has legendary status amongst the locals as it features in their national identity. Ronde van Vlaanderen race day…

  • Trough Of Bowland
    Rides in New Places

    Trough of Bowland Climb

    The Trough of Bowland entered into cycling lore when Bradley Wiggins used it for his training ahead of his successful 2012 Tour de France attempt. The Trough also found its way into the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs book in 2010.…

  • Marchlyn Mawr Landscape
    Rides in New Places

    Climbing the Marchlyn Mawr Dam Road

    Marchlyn Mawr is another one of those semi-closed road hill climbs in North Wales. Similar to Stwlan Dam, the road is closed to cars but bikes can ride it. I’ve climbed it a couple of times now and love it.…

  • The Great Orme Llandudno North Wales
    Rides in New Places

    Climbing Around The Great Orme

    I’ve always enjoyed riding in North Wales, places like Stwlan Dam and most of Snowdonia. Unfortunately this weekend I didn’t get to cover many miles but did get to have a solid go at some favourite climbs, including the Great…

  • Stwlan Dam
    Rides in New Places

    Climbing the Stwlan Dam Road

    I’ve written about riding in North Wales before here, but the weather this weekend reduced us to just short blasts around points of interest such as Stwlan Dam. Stwlan Dam I’ve wanted to ride up to Stwlan Dam ever since…

  • Larkstoke Hill
    Cycling Tips

    Cotswold Climbs 3 – Larkstoke Hill

    Larkstoke Hill is found just about in Warwickshire near to the village of Ilmington. There are quite a few different routes up this hill but the climb of interest takes us to the highest point in Warwickshire. It’s a popular…

  • Rides in New Places

    Cycling up Snowdon on a Road Bike

    Loading... I think it’s becoming obvious that I like to set myself a challenge and see what I can do with a bike. It started with various sportives, then a 200km Audax, then London to Paris in under 24 hours,…

  • Mathew Mitchell and Mark Lampitt Hampton Lucy Great Shakespeare Ride 2016

    The Great Shakespeare Ride 2016 – 100 Miles

    Loading... The Great Shakespeare Ride was the first sportive I ever did in my fledgling pre-lycra, pre-clippy shoes days. I remember it being very hard work with plenty of stops to recuperate and the last ten miles were a huge…

  • Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge

    Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge Sportive Review 2016

    So three years ago now (time flies) I did the Paris-Roubaix Challenge which went well (sort of) and frankly it was time for another challenge. 2016 would be Liege – Bastogne – Liege. This time of year is the Spring…