Winter Miles, Summer Smiles!

As we move into March, supposedly springtime, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my winter training.

My winter training officially started in October. When the clocks changed the long bib tights came out and the winter wheels were donned. Although there were some lovely fresh autumnal days, on the whole it was time to hit the garage and forget about average speeds and start focusing on form, fitness and strength.

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To be or not to be…a lone ranger rider or a cycling socialite?

Up until the spring of 2016 I was a lone ranger through and through. That’s probably not entirely true as I’d ride regularly with my husband and on the odd occasion with one or two others. But on the whole, I tended to cycle the country roads by myself.

It’s not that there aren’t any cycle clubs near me, there’s plenty. I’m also not a ‘billy no mates’, honestly I have friends and plenty of them would invite me out. Due to slight laziness of not wanting to get up on a Sunday morning combined with the insecurity question of ‘will I be able to keep up?’, I’ve tended to go it alone.

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I’m the chosen one (well one of 50 chosen ones)!

A few months ago my sister tagged me in a competition to become a Pearl Izumi Champion. What’s this you ask, I asked myself the same too!

The cycling brand and tour series hosts, were on the lookout for cycling enthusiasts from all rides of life to become their brand advocates and represent them. They weren’t after the next Chris Froome to join the team but cyclists of all levels, across different disciplines but all devoted to two wheels and up for inspiring others about it.

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A day to remember with Team Wiggins

For lots of cyclists, Sunday’s are about mapping out a route, clocking up the miles, having a coffee and generally hanging out with a bunch of mates on two wheels. What’s not to love? But this particular Sunday ride in mid-September was going to be something us Gorilla riders were never going to forget. A Sunday morning ride with Team Wiggins. Yes Team Wiggins! Bring it on!
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Wheels Upgrade

  • Current wheels: DT Swiss R23s
  • New wheels: Mavic Cosmic Pro-Carbon with Schwalbe tyres (RRP £680 approx)

When I upgraded my road bike to a carbon frame I wondered if I’d notice the difference (I totally did). I asked myself the same question when I was looking at a wheel upgrade. The Mavic Cosmics were recommended as the best value for money upgrade without heading towards the £1000 budget milestone. It’s best to shop around as they do seem to differ in price. I opted to get them from my local bike shop so that they would fit the rear cassette and if anything does go wrong with them, I can pop in for them to be looked at.

THE BEST VALUE CARBON WHEEL-TYRE SYSTEM REINVENTED TO BE LIGHTER, MORE DYNAMIC AND WITH IMPROVED AERODYNAMICS (www.mavic.co.uk)

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