The women in my local club are always keen to try out new ride food – we’ve got such a great mix of riders that it goes without saying we’ll have different nutrition needs – so we’re often on the lookout for that perfect bar that’s not only delivers the energy and recovery benefits we want, but is also transportable, won’t upset the digestion, and tastes nice too! And we’re not alone - athletes are often ahead of the curve in nutrition technology, seeking to gain competitive advantage from the latest products. Think whey protein, creatine, BCAA's – bodybuilders were...
It was ridiculous. Almost laughable. “If you can ride 50 miles,” the sales guy said earnestly, “you can ride 50 miles on anything.” I was standing in front of a Specialized Venge, aggressively racy, cast-off by a pro half my age and weight, and now displayed for sale. OK, it was my size, and it definitely had the wow factor, but I knew it was wrong for me. Like an unsuitable boyfriend, this bike would hurt me if I let it into my life. But I get where the guy was coming from - to think more ambitiously about my...
What The Hell Are Spokes? Spokes are the thin rods that connect the outer edge (rim) of the bicycle wheel to its centre (hub). The number of spokes a wheel has depends on the type of bike, but typically spokes have two distinct ends: the hub end and the rim end. The 'hub end' has a 90 degree bend in it so it can attach to the hub, as well as a disc or 'head' on it so it stays in place. The 'rim end' has threaded grooves on it so that when it passes through a hole in the...
What goes down, must come up! The winding, hair-raising descent from Mallorca's Coll dels Reis to the tiny port of Sa Calobra has to be one of the most depressing free-wheeling stretches you can do. Never mind the beautiful smooth tarmac, the stunning views down into the valley as the road snakes below you. You can ignore the spectacular rock formations rising dramatically above you as you descend. The fragrant pine trees, the bleating goats on the hillside. On a sunny day the scene is near perfect - a deep blue Mediterranean bay, white boats bobbing to welcome you into...
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