Category Archives: Training

The joy of riding the Surrey Hills

Went out on Tuesday for my first long ride in ages through the Surrey Hills. They form one of the main hubs of activity for cyclists in the South East of England and I’ve been riding them ever since I … Continue reading

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A steady rate of climbing

I’ve been trying to get the hang of climbing out of the saddle for the last few weeks. Not that I’ve ever been any good at climbing but I don’t seem to be able to crack finding a nice rhythm. … Continue reading

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Do I need a turbo trainer to perform well?

I’m staring out the window at what looks like a passably sunny January day here in London and regretting not going out for a ride first thing – I’m on a late shift this week and that’s about the only … Continue reading

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Back in training

At last, after weeks of illness and grumbling, I have started my winter training… with two laps of Richmond Park on a freezing Sunday afternoon. Not for me the pleasures of Southern European warmness and training camps. No, I am … Continue reading

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Christmas is coming

It’s a difficult time if you are looking for gifts for your cycling-obsessed, loved one. Thankfully, the subject is covered in some detail (and a jolly good job they do too) by the Two Johns podcast. A little American-centric but … Continue reading

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Complete lack of recovery

I’m really struggling with my recovery after rides at the moment. As in feeling borderline unwell, like I’m coming down with a cold/virus within hours of getting home. Anyone got any tips to help improve this situation? I seem to … Continue reading

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Sunday driving

I could use this opportunity to get on one about numpty drivers in Richmond Park (which park of “no parking outside of the car parks” and the solid white line denoting no overtaking on Broomfield Hill are too hard to … Continue reading

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Still can’t get over that hill

Due to the frustrating nature of my shifts I couldn’t race this Tuesday, nor are there any weekend races to be had nearby this weekend or last. Which means I’ve been limited to a bit of training to keep my … Continue reading

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Is less more?

Since reading January’s Procycling magazine, which was guest edited by Greg Lemond, I have become fascinated by the argument in favour of training less. Less purely in terms of time spent out on the bike but more in terms of … Continue reading

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Even the deer are giving me odd looks

Day off today so once the rain cleared I went out for a well-established ritual training ride in Richmond Park: the three lapper. I’ve not been on the bike much recently so felt like I needed to get out and … Continue reading

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