Yorkshire Dales Ride with BDCC

With 13 days until the Coast to Coast in a day, a group of 10 decided to head to the Yorkshire Dales for some hill training. Weather forecast was looking grim, so I knew it would be character building and a good opportunity to learn to ride up and down the hills in the wet. 6am we departed from home and headed to Linton, where we parked up outside a lovely pub called the Fountaine Inn. Note for fellow female cyclists,the nearest toilets to Linton are in Grassington, we discovered these today after drinking too much coffee en route!!!
Talking about wee stops, I never realised how weak all of the men's bladders were, especially Johnny, it must have been at least 5 wee stops for him!! 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

Top 5 Training Tips for Sportives

Sportives are becoming increasingly popular and are amongst the most rewarding events to take part in on your push bike.

Cycling in the Peaks

They are designed to test you and if you train and prepare yourself right you will get the satisfaction of a job well done. If you get it wrong and you set off too fast (I still get this wrong!!), neglect to eat or just don't have the miles in your legs then you will be in for a very long and painful day! Continue reading