About Paul Carvill

Competing in everything from mountain bike races to road racing, Paul does it for the grin and admits to being slightly mad which definitely helps!

C2C in a Day! Off we go….

Well the day to set off for Cumbria in readiness for tomorrows C2C in a day has finally arrived, no turning back now!! The team are feeling nervous but overall they are ready for the challenge. The banter is beginning to flow and the sudocrem is packed and ready!BDCCC2C

briggLIVESWe have reached our target for Brigg L.I.V.E.S and want to see how far we can exceed this so if you haven't donated then even if its just £5 it all adds up! The Brigg Group of the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) trains and provides first responders, who often get to people needing urgent help before ambulance crews arrive.  This is an invaluable service for the Brigg Community. You can make a donation via JustGiving.com Continue reading

C2C in a Day! 1 Week to go!

Well it's only a week to go before we will be loading up and setting off in the coach for St Bee's in Cumbria.

It all started when a group of us last year decided to take on the challenge of the 'Coast to Coast in Day 2015' which is a 150 mile cycle ride from the Seascale, Cumbria through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Northern Valleys of the North Yorkshire Moors finishing by the sea in Whitby in just one day!! Yes. just one day and if that is not enough of a challenge the route also takes in over 15,000ft of climbing!!

briggLIVESWe also decided to raise a bit of cash for Brigg L.I.V.E.S in the process, The Brigg Group of the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) trains and provides first responders, who often get to people needing urgent help before ambulance crews arrive.  This is an invaluable service for the Brigg Community. You can make a donation via JustGiving.com Continue reading

Winter Road Biking Tips (Part 2)

Following on from our Winter Road Biking Tips (Part 1) where we looked at how best to stay warm and pick the right winter cycle clothing, this time we look at how best to prepare your bike or set up a dedicated winter bike. winter_bike


One of the most obvious additions for your winter bike is mudguards, keeping your feet, lower legs and ass dry make a massive difference to your overall comfort on a winters ride. There are various options on mudguards from the tiny 'ass saver' which is a waste of time to the fully fitted full-length front and back guards dependent on whether your frame has mounts.

The fitting of mudguards also shows respect for your club mates, there is nothing worse than to have taken time and effort fitting mudguards only to be following someone with no mudguards and soaking you through anyway(note:refrain from all out rant)! Continue reading

Cycling at Night

There's always something of a buzz about riding out at night when it's dark, some of your most familiar routes become something totally new and once the rush hour traffic has subsided a sort of calmness descends.

1911731_589911671134873_3395055553472338357_nIf you are serious about getting some road miles in over the winter and with less than eight hours of daylight per day in December and January, you are going to have to embrace the dark.

If like me you can't last on a turbo trainer for more than five minutes then cycling at night is a necessity.

One of the best ways to enjoy getting out on the bike at night is to join a group of like minded cyclists, especially if night riding is new to you.

Let there be light!

Obviously if you are riding at night then you will need to look at investing in some decent lights. I am a big believer in the more lights the better and you don't have to spend the earth with some great bargains to be had out there. Continue reading

Winter Road Biking Tips (Part 1)

winter_pcNow that the summer is coming to an end and the nights are drawing in, it doesn't mean that you have to stop cycling. It can be hard to sustain the motivation to cycle through the winter when it’s cold and wet, but cycling is one of the few sports that you really can do all year-round with the right preparation, equipment and clothing!

Firstly you need to ensure that you dress for the weather, there’s an old saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’ and there is some truth in it. Feeling cold and and damp is not going to help motivate you to get out there so here is a few tips; Continue reading

BDCC Club Forum launched

BDCC_reflexBDCC are proud to announce the launch of the new club forum/message board for the use of BDCC club members and friends.

The forum is can be accessed via the main menu and will be the heart of the developing club.

Our forum is now accessible on Tapatalk! Tapatalk is a free forum app for your smartphone that lets you share photos, post, and reply to discussions on our community easily on-the-go.

Download Tapatalk here: http://tapatalk.com/m?id=4&referer=179404


Pinarrello Abuse – Martyn Ashton

Road Bike Party with Martyn Ashton showing what is capable on a Pinarello normally reserved for the road!, my wheels struggle to stay true dropping off a curb!!

Talk about Pinarelllo Abuse!!!

Martyn Ashton started out as a motorcycle trials rider, and began riding mountain bike trials later on. He has been the front man for The Bike Tour since 2002, and has been the British Biketrial Champion four times and has been the World Expert Biketrial Champion. Ashton is the High Jump World Record Holder. In 2008, Ashton entered the Mountain Biking UK 'Hall of Fame'.

Ashton not only rides trials, he has also designed the exhibition stages and has been designing products for his own Ashton Bikes range since 2002. He has appeared in TV shows, magazine covers and MTB videos, and also has his own column Hop Idol in the MBUK magazine. Ashton lives in Port Talbot, Wales.
Ashton broke his back in 2003 when he compressed a vertebra and fractured it during a fall, having misjudged a landing, but he soon returned to riding.

Unfortunately the second time he broke his back he wasn't so lucky and is now paralysed from the waste down.

Welcome to the new website

BDCC_reflexWelcome to the new website for the newly formed Brigg and District Cycling Club. I believe that Brigg did have a cycling club many years ago and if anyone has any further details it would be good to include some history on the website.

The club has been set up to allow cyclists from Brigg and the surrounding area to have a focal point to meet like minded individuals and provide an added social scene. The ethos of the club is about enjoying the sport, so whether you are totally new or have been cycling for years then you are welcome to become a part of Brigg and District CC.

If you have any suggestions on things you would like to see from the club then please feel free to leave your suggestions below or via Facebook or Twitter. You can also keep up with your fellow members via Strava.

Yours in Sport
Paul Carvill

Which Road Bike?

If you are new to cycling then buying your first road bike can in itself seem a simple task until you start to look at the many options which can appear endless!!

Firstly you need to know what you want out of the bike, it's no good buying the top of the range Pinarello riden to glory by Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour De France if you intend to do a daily ten mile commute to work and back in the best the British weather can throw at you! So do I need to spend £200 or do I need to sell the car and spend £10,000, what the hell do I need?

Which Bike?

When you are not used to a road bike a test ride is as much use as a chocolate fire-guard as you all of them will probably feel wrong to begin with! Continue reading