Journal

  • 42.21 by Tom Southam

    Forty-three nineteen. Krabbé’s twenty was clean as a whistle. Tim Krabbé – The Rider   Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. One day in March 2005, I was out training with a group of Spanish pros near Madrid. It was a fairly decent group; there was David Plaza, from my team, Pablo Llastras from the team I always think of as Banesto even though it hasn’t been Banesto since 2003, and the great Pavel Tonkov.   It’s always cool to be riding with senior professionals when you are a young pro. But while most guys are just pros...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Neil Phillips

    Neil Phillips hails from Cornwall and has been living in London for over 8 years. He has been road racing for Kibosh for a couple of years and is “pretty average” by his own admission, which is rather humble considering some of his other bike-exploits. The Kibosh team doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, with its witty #youaintprobro hashtag you may have seen on Instragram.  Neil has ridden the Transcontinental Race twice; once as a pairing with Timothy France finishing as first pair also, coming second in the solo category the next year - finishing with a time of...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Joey Walker

    Joey Walker is a local rider with a bright future. Son of local cycling legend Chris Walker, Joey has been working hard over the years with a set of local development teams and has been part of the British Cycling Academy. After tuning his race-craft riding with RST and the BCA (with some excellent results) this year Joey signed for Team Wiggins.  I once read in another interview with Joey that he likes “smelling nice aftershave” - a pretty interesting way to spend your free time!  As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? I’m most...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Ray Hosler

    Ray Hosler is the author of Bay Area Bike Rides, which has been in print by Chronicle books since 1990. He was the weekly bicycle columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1987-89. Prior to that he was an editor at Runner's World magazine. A life-long cyclist, he rode his bike to work nearly daily for 45 years. His cycling reached new heights when he worked at Palo Alto Bicycles in 1979 and started riding with Jobst Brandt in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He has ridden in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Thailand and the Philippines. It gives me great pleasure to...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Michael Barry

    Michael Barry is a former world-tour professional cyclist who rode for a number of world-class teams including T-Mobile, High Road/HTC-Columbia, U.S. Postal Service, Discovery Channel and Team Sky. He raced 5 Giro d’Italia and 5 Vuelta a Espanas and one Tour de France. He has supported Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and many other top names over the years. In 2004, he wrote his first book Inside the Postal Bus. He most recently wrote Shadows on the Road in 2015. Barry has also written two other books, one being the great; Le Metier: The Seasons of a Professional Cyclist. When...

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  • Tom Simpson by Chris Sidwells.

    Last week the below image appeared on my twitter feed of Tom Simpson preparing his bike for the Monsal Hill Climb. I got in the touch with Chris Sidwell's to enquiry weather there were any more images of this ilk in his possession. Images like these inspired me to ride my bike and I'd spend hours trawling the internet trying to find unseen and rare images of the some of the greatest cyclists and images of the surrounding culture. Chris was kind enough to provide two images of Simpson that I am happy to share with you below. In case you were foundering, Tom...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Jay McCarthy

    Jay McCarthy is an Australian racing cyclist who is currently riding for Bora-Hansgrohe. He has completed both the Giro and Vuelta as well as finishing 3rd place at the Tour of Turkey in 2015.  I met Jay when I was cycling with a friend in Lucca (Italy) a over a year ago. That is where Jay lives. He was kind of enough to ride at my pace over the rolling hills and quiet roads of Tuscany in the sun, a memorable moment for me on the bike. I asked him a lot of the questions during that ride and followed up the...

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  • Local Rides Q&A - Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

    This is a long overdue entry to the Local Rides Q&A as me and Jonathan exchanged these email nearly a year ago, so my apologies to Jon for the wait on completing this. There are also a few more Q&A's to go up on this journal over the next couple of weeks too so keep your eyes-peeled.  Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's major breakthrough as a professtional cyclist came from winning four stages during the 2012 UCI Europe Tour, including the Tour of Britain while riding for Endura Racing. He has also rode for Rapha-Condor Sharp (2011) and Team Sky (2013-2014).  Now JTL is riding for a team he co-founded,...

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  • On Handkerchiefs and Pocketsquares

    Note the name: for it signifies something that is to be handled. This brings us to the principle that the arrangement of the hank/pocketsquare in the breast pocket must be done in such a way that that it gives the appearance of being there for use, and not decoration, although this latter function is fundamentally important if you are in favor of 'peacocking' (always an opinion at weddings, if one should need such an excuse). Any use of a second handkerchief other than that of display is a gesture inelegant in the extreme (although, I do not deter you from...

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  • The Mamnick Kitemark

    The original UK Kitemark is a product and service quality certification which is owned and operated by The British Standards Institution (BSI Group).    The Kitemark has most frequently been used to identify products where safety is paramount which is why you won't find a kitemark on cycling helmets but you will on motorbike helmets. The Kitemark was originally conceived in 1903 as a symbol to identify products manufactured to meet British Standards' specifications. It indicates that the product has been independently tested by the BSI. It is not the same as the CE marking (Communaute Europeenne) which signifies that a product complies with...

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