The Association of Cycle Traders – the people who promote local bike shops – is giving away 6 pairs of tickets to this year’s Cycle show at London’s Earls Court. Tickets usually cost £14 but all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a pair is send an email explaining in less than 50 words why you should win tickets. The funniest and most original emails will win. The Cycle show runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October and is a great place to check out the latest bikes and accessories, plus see top names from the world of cycling as well as test ride loads of new bikes on the commuter and MTB tracks. To enter the competition visit: http://www.thecyclingexperts.co.uk/news/win-tickets-to-cycle-2008.php And there's another chance to be a winner once you get to the show – this time for your spannering skills. The Association of Cycle Traders will be running a daily competition to award the title of “Fastest Wrench In The West”. Compete against the clock in a test of bike maintenance skills and win a tool kit worth £99. Record the overall fastest time and you also win a voucher worth £100 to spend in a bike shop of your choice, and of course the glory of being crowned “Fastest Wrench”. All times will be recorded and displayed during the event as well as online after the show so you can check your progress. The ACT stand will also offer tech demo’s on wheel-building and other aspects of bike maintenance, plus information on Cytech maintenance training courses and cycle industry careers. Visit the ACT on stand D2e during Cycle: 10th – 12th October.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.