Form Paranoia

Form Paranoia

The line below perfectly sums up the average athletes view of themselves: Mark Cavendish is being extremely self-critical here – it shows he’s intelligent (able to analyse his faults) but also obsessive. There is a general argument that the best athletes are dim – you could argue Wayne Rooneys genius football ability – with intelligence comes … Continue reading

Veloplugs Review

Veloplugs Review

Veloplugs are another way to lose some weight from the bicycle – quite cheap, so I thought I’d give them a go! I’ve had my Shimano RS80 wheelset since March (2012) and done approximately 4500 miles on them. Great wheels but I have had an issue – punctures! Regardless of tyre choice I’ve been getting … Continue reading

The Season That Was 2011-12

The Season That Was 2011-12

Today marks the first day of the new year. Yes I know, it’s not the 1st of January but today is the start of the 2012-13 cycling season for me, as today I’ll be embarking on a new training plan (more on that in another blog post). I thought it would be nice to look … Continue reading

The Skeptics

The Skeptics

It’s hard to write a blog about cycling at the moment without mentioning the elephant in the room – Lance Armstrong. It’s quite hard to write something neutral on the subject – he’ll forever remain a hero to some, and a cheat to others. Clearly a driven man, LA stopped at nothing to reach his … Continue reading

Octobers Training

This month I did quite a lot less volume than in September (-20%) – I wanted to rest in October, its the sandwich filler between the old season and the new one, November is where it starts to ramp up, albeit steadily. I was also ill for a good week which limited my time on … Continue reading

Following a Plan

There are many reasons why I’m a cyclist, the foremost being, it feels great to ride a bicycle fast – another reason is it appeals to my obsessive side, you can analyse almost every angle of being a cyclist – something Team Sky and Team GB have called “marginal gains”. That term isn’t too romantic but … Continue reading

Septembers Training

I’ve managed quite a high volume of training this month, despite some work commitments I’ve actually done more this month than at any other stage of my cycling career. To keep things simple I’m going to give the statistics of the last month – hopefully next month I can build on this, it’s the time … Continue reading

Millar and Rodríguez

Millar and Rodríguez

Here is a very watchable Spanish documentary on David Millar: Don’t worry if you don’t understand much Spanish, most of the important parts are in English. I think the documentary stands out for two reasons, the first being Jonathan Vaughters clothing choice, the next being David Millar mentioning other riders – Tony Rominger, Miguel Indurain … Continue reading