Diegem: the lure of a Belgian cyclocross race

Another post from my enduring wife Jen, who has inadvertently become addicted to cyclocross racing – big time! If you travel to Belgium to experience ‘true cyclocross’ in its heartlands even once you’ll be addicted…that’s what I discovered and I’ll try to explain why through the story of my international debut at Diegem. The saga […]

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Trek Farley Test

The Trek Farley is a fast fat bike. This test is not so much about comparing the Farley to other fat bikes, but more to look at how it compares to other off road breeds of bike. Unlike the traditional tundra-crossing image of a fat bike, the Farley really can be compared to other options you might be […]

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Klaas Boom rides our test loop

Today I met up with Klaas Boom (our new test rider) to have a first-look at our off-road test loop. Klaas had just flown in from his base in Oudenaarde, Belgium and we arranged to meet at the secret test loop location (near the Coxford Road entrance to Lordswood, Southampton, UK). Over the coming months […]

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How not to climb Mont Ventoux

Jen has some words of warning/wisdom for those taking on a big mountain (I thought it was a lovely ride)… Mont Ventoux, famed as one of the iconic climbs of the Tour de France, and responsible for the untimely death of cycling legend Tom Simpson in 1967, is an imposing mountain (the ‘Giant of Provence’). […]

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Stronger, Faster, Lighter

Unless you are of an extremely benevolent persuasion or have never ridden a bike (in which case I would suggest this page isn’t for you) there will have been a day when you decided to see how fast you could go: the start of your racing career. Most people experience this day as a young […]

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The Three Peaks

The Three Peaks Cyclocross has been a big part of my life ever since I first rode it in 1996. I don’t think about it every single day, but at least a few times a week in November, building to every day early June, and then it’s never out of my thoughts from July onwards. […]

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Aerodynamics: the Sagan position

During some recent testing in the University of Southampton’s RJ Mitchell Wind Tunnel, we decide to have a bit of fun and test out some downhill positions. With the tunnel at 47 mph, I sprinted up to speed and then adopted a range of tucks while 20 seconds of data were collected. We tried the […]

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