Journal

  • Local Riders - Tom Stewart

    Tom Stewart started mountain biking at the age of 14, not racing, just riding. At 16 he got his first road bike and started training with his first club, The Doncaster Wheelers.After completing his A-levels he moved to Whistler, Canada for a year where he worked as a bellman in a hotel and spent the year skiing and mountain biking. At 19 he moved back to the UK to start a masters degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield. Tom's first proper season road racing was in 2012 under the guidance of local riders Dave Coulson and...

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  • Not So Local Riders Q&A - Lachlan Morton

    Most people know Lachlan as the young Garmin Sharp neo-pro who in 2013 broke out - Winning a stage at the Tour of Utah and leading the US Pro Cycling challenge for three days as a mere 21 year old kid. But ask Lachy and you’ll find out he isn't too concerned with that. Lachlan isn't your standard, 22 year old kid, or your orthodox pro. Riding his bike for the places it can uncover and the people you can meet along the way, success in the World Tour is only really a by product of that. In December last year,...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Malcolm Elliott

    Malcolm Elliott is the most well known local pro rider around theseparts and is the 3rd most successful British male professional cyclistof all time (based on the number of wins in top international races;ranking above Bradley Wiggins and Tom Simpson). Malc's professionalcareer lasted from 1984 to 1997 and then from 2003 to 2011 when hemade a comeback to domestic racing.Born in Sheffield and an honorary member of Rutland Cycling Club, Malcwas the winner of the green points jersey (and three stages) at theVuelta de Espana, 1989. Other major wins include the Milk Race,Kellogg's Tour of Britain, National Champion and 3rd...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - David Millar

    Perhaps it's not entirely correct to include David Millar in the Local Riders series, but he did once live in Chapel en le Frith which is good enough for me. Ever since I started following cycling, Millar always seemed to be a guy who was just as stylish off the bike as he was on it, which always appealed to me.  He has won four stages of the Tour de France, five of the Vuelta de Espana and one stage of the Giro d'Italia. Millar is the only British rider to have worn all four of the TdF jerseys and...

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  • Peak District Climbs - #6 Sir William Hill Road

    The two roads I like riding most leaving Hathersage are Abney and this one, Sir William Road. A single lane back-wack that leads up and snakes around Leam farm.  Once you've taken the B6001 out of Hathersage and dropped under the bridge you pass the David Mellor Museum and the football pitch to your left. You'll then pass the road to Abney on your right, the next road, the one before you reach Fallcliff Wood is the severe Sir William Hill Road and one that boasts ace views and interesting architecture. It does have it's moments of intense unpleasant gradient...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - John Tanner

    John Tanner was born in Doncaster. He first joined the CTC before joining his first proper cycling club, The Doncaster Wheelers. John competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and has won the BC Premier Calendar five times. In 1999 and 2000 he won the British National Road Race Championships. Other notable wins include the prestigious Lincoln International GP (1997 and 2001) and the Tour of the Cotswolds (2001).   As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? Winning the Commonwealth Bank Classic stage race in Australia in 1995. It was a nice ending to...

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  • A Letter from David Hibell

    Hi Thom A friend of mine has just forwarded me a link to the shoe on your site. Ian was my uncle & we always used to look forward to him visiting us from his trips with more great stories about his adventures. I have to say that looking at what's on show on your website, it looks exactly as I remember the shoes he used to wear, both on and off the bike. It’s really touching to see something like this named after him, he had very exacting standards on his equipment, always Campagnolo Nuovo or super record for...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Kit Gilham

    Kit Gilham has been a racing cyclist for 10 years. His previous teams include Clifton CC, Kinesis UK, Sigmasport Specialized, Herbalife, Metaltek Knights of Old and is currently riding for KTM road-and-trail.com Kit is now living in York with his wife and two children but by his own admission is "still missing living in Sheffield!".   As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? Winning the mountains jersey in the 2008 Irish Ras. It made me realise I could be competitive at a reasonable level. I spent the whole race constantly checking where the nearest...

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  • Fitness is Specific

    Fitness is specific. Someone who is fit for 100m sprinting won't be fit for marathon running. Less obviously, a top classics rider won't be fit for GC contention in a grand tour. Unless they are Eddy Merckx. I thought I understood this concept well enough but I had a rude reminder as to how specific fitness is this weekend when I turned out on the teacake ride for the first time in months.  The teacake is Rutland CC's Saturday morning road ride into the Peak District. It's a fast ride by my standards and almost always includes a tear up...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Simon Keeton

    I'm lucky in that I get to ride by bike with Simon Keeton most weekends as part of the Rutland club runs. He was one of the first people I sent these questions to and although it's taken him nearly eight months to complete them, I always knew his answers and photos would be well worth wait.  Simon once told me he was like a 'stick-of-rock', in that if you cut him in half he'd be 'Rutland through and through'. He's not ridden for any other club and followed in his father Colin's footsteps by being a stalwart of the...

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