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About James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

Hell of the North

Paris Roubaix Growing up watching this event it has always been one for my bucket list and having cycled to Paris before I was really looking forward to riding through this amazing French capital again however, after a last-minute check of the route it appeared to start nowhere near Paris!   Arriving at the venue to sign on in good time, which is unlike me, we queued for the doors to open only to be told that they are delaying getting registered by 1 hour with no reason, this would [...]

By |2019-04-28T15:46:44+00:00April 28th, 2019|Events, Races|0 Comments

London to Brussels charity ride

Sitting on the Eurostar as we travel home I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on the trip and write my blog. Now I would normally have done this each day however due to the fact that we barely finished cycling within the same day that we started most days I was not quite feeling it!   This challenge started for me 3 months ago after seeing a post from a friend who used to work for my brother asking for donations to help her poorly son [...]

By |2019-03-26T07:12:39+00:00March 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What to do when you reach your “SMART” goals? Make them “SMARTER”

We are now coming up towards the end of the first quarter of 2019 and it's a great opportunity to review your goals that you set at the start of the year. Hopefully if you set realistic goals then you should be able to mark at least one of them as complete no matter how small it may seem but remember to focus on the long term goal. "Rome wasn't built in a day but they were laying bricks every hour" If you haven’t yet read my blog about goal [...]

By |2019-03-07T06:42:44+00:00March 7th, 2019|Training|2 Comments

Simple Cycling Strength & Conditioning Programme

In this article I am going to show you some really simple cycling Strength and Conditioning exercises that you can do at home. This can also be completed with no weight at all  so no excuse not to get started today. Everybody should be doing some form of Strength & Conditioning work no matter how little. These may seem easy but if you have come from a background of no off the bike work then these will really start to target the cycling muscles and increase strength on the bike. [...]

By |2019-09-02T07:25:38+00:00March 3rd, 2019|Strength & Conditioning|Comments Off on Simple Cycling Strength & Conditioning Programme

Experience the stunning Norfolk countryside during the British Cycling Challenge 100

Having lived in Norfolk all my life and even though I have ridden on all the roads in the event before I was still keen to ride the exact route to experience it and offer my thoughts and advice to others ahead of the event. The route starts in the heart of Norwich and heads North-East where they seem to have found the only major hill out of city known as Mousehold, which is at 1.5miles in so you will just need a short burst of energy before settling in [...]

By |2019-05-31T11:48:42+00:00February 22nd, 2019|GB Cycling Festival|0 Comments

What it’s like to ride the National Road Championship TT course

When I found out the National Championships were coming to Norfolk this year I assumed that it would be a fast, flat course but how wrong I was! Having lived in Norfolk all my life and being a keen cyclist and time trialist I am used to the challenging demands of battling into constant headwinds with often no real recovery throughout the whole ride. In a way it can be more physically challenging than climbing where at least you have “recovery” periods when going down hill. The chosen route for [...]

By |2019-02-21T06:18:26+00:00February 20th, 2019|GB Cycling Festival|0 Comments

5 Books you MUST read that WILL make you FASTER on the bike

Being a Cycle Coach and Bike Fitter I am passionate about making athletes faster on the bike through training and their position on the bike. Not everybody is able to employ my services so I am often asked what's the best book out there to help me become faster. I have been on numerous training courses and read many books so have put together my top 5 books for you that are a MUST read!   Training and racing with a Power Meter - Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan This [...]

By |2019-02-13T18:47:19+00:00February 12th, 2019|Bike Fit, Strength & Conditioning, Training|0 Comments

5 top tips to completing the Mallorca 312

The Mallorca 312 event is now one of the biggest sportives of the year with over 8,000 riders from all over the world taking on 3 separate routes around the beautiful closed roads of Mallorca. The 167km route is challenging with plenty of climbs.  But with lots of groups to ride the flats in it makes it the ideal sportive for most riders. The route The 225km route includes an additional loop by the coast with stunning views and is well worth the extra 60km. Then there is the ultimate [...]

By |2019-07-05T13:03:04+00:00January 27th, 2019|Events, Training|2 Comments

The essential guide to traveling abroad with you bike

Taking your bike abroad isn’t as daunting as you may think and has become more popular in recent years with the rise of cheap flights and training camps. For me cycling in France and Mallorca is stunning and something we are unable to replicate here in the UK, especially in the winter with limited daylight hours.Traveling with your bike isn’t as complicated as most people think as long as you’ve got the basics nailed, in this guide I will give you some of my personal tips and tricks to make the [...]

By |2019-01-28T11:48:26+00:00January 15th, 2019|Bike maintenance, Cycling trips|0 Comments

Cycle for Harry

On the weekend of March 22nd – 24th an intrepid band of ten adventurers from Drayton Insurance are embarking on a charity cycle ride from London to Brussels in order to raise for money for Harry vs Neuroblastoma. Harry is 2 years old and suffers from a rare condition known as high-risk neuroblastoma. He is currently undergoing immunotherapy, however this treatment will be finishing soon. With Harry nearing the end of his frontline treatment, everyone is hopeful he will be in remission when he has his next scans in April. [...]

By |2019-03-26T06:45:44+00:00January 5th, 2019|Events|0 Comments
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