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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

Simple guide to start training in 2019!

Whether you have had a few weeks off for Christmas or new to training then getting started with a structured plan can seem hard and daunting but I have put together a few tips to getting started to make 2019 your fastest year on the bike. Consistency  For me this is the most important factor and one that is often overlooked by many athletes whether new or an experienced athlete. People get too obsessed about the small stuff before they have nailed the basics and for me until you have [...]

By |2019-01-28T11:34:36+00:00December 31st, 2018|Training|0 Comments

Stay fit and healthy over the festive period

Love it or hate it but it comes every year, yes Christmas! This period can present a whole host of challenges with so many temptations of excessive food and drink. It is a great time to enjoy yourself, catch up with friends and family but it doesn't have to derail your training plan fully and undo all the hard work that you have done over the year. It's all about balance! Here are my top tips for enjoying the festive period whilst staying fit and healthy!! 1) Plan "Failing to plan is [...]

By |2018-12-20T08:28:18+00:00December 20th, 2018|Training|0 Comments

How is your movement off the bike?

Having good flexibility and movement off the bike is the key to staying injury free and thus consistency with training which is the key to success. How can I test myself? While doing some research on basic screening for mobility I was struggling to find a clear cut answer on how to test myself until I came across Gray Cook who caught my attention and led me to the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). What is the FMS? The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool developed by Cook and colleagues [...]

By |2019-01-28T11:35:11+00:00November 18th, 2018|Strength & Conditioning, Training|0 Comments

Are your goals “smart” for next year?

This is a big mistake of many cyclists including myself in years gone by, if you don’t have a clear idea of your goal then you will not know how to achieve it or more importantly when you achieve it! Setting realistic and specific goals will help you plan your training sessions so every training ride will be focussed and working towards them. Make sure your goals are SMART Specific – “To lose weight” or “ride faster” are not specific enough so try making it goal specific such as “To lose [...]

By |2019-01-28T11:34:54+00:00October 28th, 2018|Training|0 Comments

Pyrenees cycling trip

With the treat of a surprise birthday party for my 40th I decided that I did not want to be close to home and decided to go away cycling and taking onthe 9 epic climbs of the Pyrenees as listed in the Band of Climbers poster. Friday Arrived in Lourdes to be greeted by Jacques holding up a sign with my name on it, I have always wanted this and it has took nearly 40 years to finally make it! His wife, well I assume it was, as they did [...]

By |2019-01-28T11:36:10+00:00October 17th, 2018|Cycling trips|0 Comments

How to update your Training Zones in Training Peaks

"Threshold is the maximum sustainable power or heart rate that you can hold for 1 hour" To get the most from any training plan and software that you choose to monitor your fitness it is important to set your training zones and make sure they are regularly updated as you become fitter on the bike. Once you have completed a Power/HR test then it’s important to update your zones in Training peaks and also a good idea to match up your Garmin zones to mirror the same figures. Click to [...]

By |2018-10-06T09:43:32+00:00October 6th, 2018|Training|0 Comments

Stac Virtual Wind Tunnel

The Virtual Wind Tunnel (VWT) is an exciting new innovation by Canadian startup STAC Performance, co-founded by Andrew Buckrell. It allows triathletes and time trialists to get a complete, accurate aerodynamic analysis done in an affordable and convenient way. We start off the process with scanning which is the critical part. So we want to capture a good physical model of someone. This only takes around 2-3 minutes to complete. During this process you will be on your bike in the race position holding a static position so we can reconstruct this model in [...]

By |2019-01-28T11:36:42+00:00September 6th, 2018|Bike Fit|0 Comments

Dunwich Dynamo Double

Having completed this event last year and being really impressed we decided to complete it again.  However, due to the logistical nightmare of getting to the start we decided to complete it as a 225 mile round trip leaving our car at Dunwich packed with a stove for making coffee and bacon rolls at the end! Good coffee as we know is a key theme for us cyclists and with the impending ride going through the night it was probably even more of a priority.  It wasn’t long before we [...]

By |2018-10-06T09:50:59+00:00July 29th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

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