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

New Garmin Edge 810 and 510 GPS cycle computers

Garmin has released updated versions of the popular Edge range with the new Edge 510 and the Edge 810.

Garmin Edge 510 & 810

The new models feature colour touch screens and live tracking via your connected mobile, enabling others to track your ride live as you cycle. While connected to your mobile it can also upload and share ride data instantly which seems pretty cool. Although I still like to use Strava as well as Garmin Connect, so not sure if I will upgrade from my Edge 500 just yet. Continue reading

Why everyone should try an Audax

Lincsquad Reliability Ride 100In the last few years sportives have become one of the most if not the most fashionable and popular amateur cycling pastime, certainly if the cycling press is to be believed. I did my first proper sportive last year (Lincsquad's Paul Kirk Memorial North Lincs CycloSportive) and loved it (well, apart from being ridden off the wheels of all the hard nuts and cycling into a head wind for 8 hours) but if you love long distance, endurance cycling there is a year round alternative, the audax.

Audax comes from the Latin word that is the root of 'audacious' and audax rides (especially the very long ones) do require a degree of audacity and determination. An audax is a long distance ride that incorporates some features of a sportive such as a time limit, but importantly it requires participants to be self sufficient. Organisers often lay on tea and buns and often for long rides a meal afterwards, but there are no feedstops, no route markers and no mechanical back up. You have to carry what you may need and be able to navigate via GPS or a good old fashioned OS map. Continue reading

My guide to cycling La Marmotte and Maratona Dles Dolomites

Alwyn JonesMy passion for cycling the most challenging and hilliest sportives I suspect comes from my roots living in the Conwy Valley in North Wales. Cycling up the steepest climbs we could find with our old Raleigh 5 speeds zigzagging our way up to the lakes above. Then suddenly the MTB was here and years of majestic riding and racing followed in the great forestry’s of North Wales.

Then suddenly I found myself in Lincolnshire, and my passion for MTB and cycling began to wane. Simply put; not enough mountains or even the modest hill! My friend however persuaded me to buy a road bike and suddenly my passion for cycling was reborn.

My first challenge was to cycle a 100 miles locally in the Lincolnshire Wolds which I enjoyed but was already hungry for the next challenge. Continue reading

Buxton Mountain TT the Hardest Time Trial in the UK

The ‘Buxton Mountain Time Trial (TT)’ organised by Buxton Cycling Club is an early season open TT over a very hilly circuit in the Peak District and is renowned as one of the toughest time trials in the UK. The course is based round a circuit starting and finishing in the village of Longnor and consists of 3 laps of 11 miles for the Men and Veterans and 2 laps for the Women and Juniors.

Buxton Mountain TT Course

The event traditionally takes place on Good Friday this year being the 29th March 2013. 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