• Vote for my Project One Bike - here is why you should1 year 6 weeks agoOh yeah, just had a look,

    Oh yeah, just had a look, Bonus! still miles off the top tho, so wont get my hopes up too much just yet

  • Mont Ventoux and Alpe D'Huez Accommodation1 year 6 weeks agoI can help with the Alpe

    I can help with the Alpe d'Huez leg anyway.

    You should probably aim to stay in Le Bourg de Oisans, the town at the foot of Alpe d'Huez, and just a couple of k's from the start of the climb. The whole town is geared up for cycling!

    For the last 2 years I have stayed at a superb family run b&b called 'Les Petite Sources', if you google it you'll find it no problem. Lovely hosts, totally set up for cyclists (last year they had added a new building for bike storage and cleaning) and great value. For 2 of us sharing a twin room it worked out around €50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast. It's located on the outskirts of the town in a very quiet area, but a 3 minute ride to the Alpe.

    The same folk return every year which speaks very highly of the place, and we ate there every night for the good food and company - typically french, all sat together at long tables. We've made some lifelong friends there.

    In terms of the climb itself, it is of course a fairly relentless monster with the worst gradients coming right at the start, particularly the first 3 or 4 ramps. The gradient eases up quite a bit in the last third of the climb once you pass the village of Huez itself, so the key to climbing it well is not to go crazy at the start!

    I was not in great shape the first year we went and I rode a 34x29 gear most of the way up. It is really hard to know what to tell someone else what they will need because we cannot judge your fitness and stamina. That's the thing with an alpine climb, it's the sheer length that can get get to you in the end, not necessarily the gradient. This year I was in a bit better form, but still used my 26 & 28 cogs more than anything else. It's probably not high enough for altitude to be a factor, but after an hour of climbing you will definitely want a gear you can spin easily so I would recommend you consider a 28 cog, as a back-up if nothing more. Given the added altitude of the Ventoux plus the wind factor, I would say that applies even more there.

    I would urge you to spend as much time around Bourg as you can. From there you can access a huge range of classic Tour climbs by bike, such as the Croix du Fer, Col du Glandon, Les Deux Alpe, and if you are feeling strong a bit further out to the mighty Galibier (and Telegaph). There are also some very pretty but less known climbs such as the Col d'Ornon and the climb to the village of Oulles (not one for vertigo sufferers - no barriers!). That barely scratches the surface!

    You won't need a GPS. When you get there go to the tourist information office, they have cycling guides giving suggested routes to all the climbs, plus ways of linking them up (ultimately to Le Marmotte if you're feeling crazy). They also contain distance and gradient info.

  • Vote for my Project One Bike - here is why you should1 year 6 weeks agoReally?. Knew my incessant

    Really?. Knew my incessant tweeting would pay off eventually.. sure i'll have no followers left at the end of this competition tho lol..facebook friends are on the way out too haha

  • Oops - Stong winds and drugged/ignorant drivers.1 year 6 weeks agoI think I might start seeing

    I think I might start seeing guns in cars that drive dangerously...it's an easy mistake to make.

    But, yeah, I also have no idea what happened on the second trip. Could you rewrite that part?

  • Le Tour Mediterranéen1 year 6 weeks agoLooking at their pics, pretty

    Looking at their pics, pretty sure IAM is actually a firm of modernist architects. They all look they drive Saabs.

  • Oops - Stong winds and drugged/ignorant drivers.1 year 6 weeks agoWell done, you have written

    Well done, you have written the longest, but un-understandable post I have ever read.

    You were hit by a guy who was on drugs and carrying a gun? Then you nearly got hit again?

    You got taken home by the police?

    That is about all I got from that....

    p.s. 300 lumen isn't alot...

  • Prendas launch Dave Rayner Fund caps1 year 6 weeks agoUnion Jack flag central

    Union Jack flag central stripe??

    Pretty sure it could be Dutch or French, that stripe is NOT an Union Jack...

  • Just A Ride1 year 6 weeks agoSounds like you had the

    Sounds like you had the misfortune to read a copy of Cyclist magazine there Jo.

  • Just A Ride1 year 6 weeks agoYeah but where's the segment?

    Yeah but where's the segment? Laughing

  • First look: Raleigh's new 2014 bicycle range1 year 6 weeks agoDidnt think i would be saying

    Didnt think i would be saying this a few years ago but Raliegh's are cool again. Wouldnt be ashamed to be seen on any of these. Top equipped bikes and some great paint and designs jobs.

  • Le Tour Mediterranéen1 year 6 weeks agoI'll put it out there , my

    I'll put it out there , my purist

    4 French
    2 Americans
    1 Spaniard
    1 Columbian
    And a Swiss fella

  • Altura Thermastretch gloves1 year 6 weeks agoAs others have said very

    As others have said very similar to Castelli Diluvios which are great. A few tips though:

    - turn these inside out and the end of a ride so they dry properly otherwise they get stinky

    - if you stop for a prolonged period take them off, keep them right way out and put them as close to your core as you can (e.g. down the front of your jersey next to your baselayer). Thjat way your body heat keeps the water that's built up in them warm and your fingers don't freeze when you put them back on.

  • Vulpine team up with Oliver Spencer to launch cycling blazer1 year 6 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:A bit

    levermonkey wrote:
    A bit metrosexual don't you think for the average cyclist?
    One does not aim to be average sir. *Adjusts pocket handkerchief to jaunty angle and applies moisturiser to cheekbones*

  • Vote for my Project One Bike - here is why you should1 year 6 weeks agoOh it is definitely

    Oh it is definitely working.

    I reckon you have received more than 100 votes in the last 40 minutes! There are some fast fingers out there.

    At that rate you will be leading the competition in no time ......

  • Buyer’s guide: Mudguards for keeping you dry this winter1 year 6 weeks agoFull length SKS guards always

    Full length SKS guards always snap at the rear for me, so I thought I try race blades long, the front guard bracket snapped within three months but sks replaced that unfortunately the replaced bracket came lose and was lost and sks haven't answered my email; so I'm using an old full front and a new raceblade long rear Confused

  • Buyer’s guide: Mudguards for keeping you dry this winter1 year 6 weeks agoFull length SKS guards always

    Full length SKS guards always snap at the rear for me, so I thought I try race blades long, the front guard bracket snapped within three months but sks replaced that unfortunately the replaced bracket came lose and was lost and sks haven't answered my email; so I'm using an old full front and a new raceblade long rear Confused

  • Last ditch petition to deny funding to Derby cycle track1 year 6 weeks agoHmmm this is a tough one....

    Hmmm this is a tough one.... The addition of a new track would certainly put derby on the cycling map especially with its new velodrome. However I don't think it's right destroying the wildlife area. Surely either the track or a new wildlife area can be built elsewhere so everyone is happy??

  • Just A Ride1 year 6 weeks agoRefreshing perspective -

    Refreshing perspective - sometimes it's just nice to chill on the bike, particularly not to get wound-up by the cr@ppy weather that's decimated my plans for getting some decent rides in - 4 hours getting sprayed in the face from someone's mudflap-less mudguards on a potholed, mud-strewn road is no fun.

  • Whyte Dorset commuter/road bike1 year 6 weeks ago120psi in 28c tyres?! Each to

    120psi in 28c tyres?! Each to their own I guess

  • Just A Ride1 year 6 weeks agoI could no agree more. Leave

    I could no agree more. Leave the smart phone, cadence sensor, hrm and gps computer at home occasionally and just ride however your body fancies! They have been some of my best rides!

  • First look: Raleigh's new 2014 bicycle range1 year 6 weeks ago*brand's* in intro para

    *brand's* in intro para Nerd

  • Le Tour Mediterranéen1 year 6 weeks agoChava is NOT in my purist...

    Chava is NOT in my purist... though another IAM rider is.

    I've also gone for Phinney... Thinking

  • Vote for my Project One Bike - here is why you should1 year 6 weeks agoAgreed. Fair play to everyone

    Agreed. Fair play to everyone at the top of the leaderboard, they're clearly doing something right. I've still got plenty of time to bully friends and twitter folk to vote for me... seems to be working slowly but surely lol.

  • Vulpine team up with Oliver Spencer to launch cycling blazer1 year 6 weeks agoA bit metrosexual don't you

    A bit metrosexual don't you think for the average cyclist?

  • Just A Ride1 year 6 weeks ago+1 - The rhetoric has got out

    +1 - The rhetoric has got out of hand as a modest pleasure has been appropriated, chewed up and marketed to sex up