Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont might have described his latest world record-breaking cycle as his “toughest cycling challenge yet” but he has still smashed the 6,750-mile Africa Solo ride. On May 21, Mark cycled into Cape Town, South Africa, having left Cairo, Egypt, on April 10. It took him just 41 days to ride the length of […]

With multi-thousand-pound bikes brightening the roads every weekend and a national cycling economy that runs into billions, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there was a time when cycling was the sport of peasants and paupers. Not for nothing were French professional cyclists once called the ‘convicts of the road’ — while among the general […]

Having talked about Sportives, Audax/Randonnées and the latest craze of Everesting during recent weeks, it has become very obvious that cyclists are more keen than ever to find their next big challenge and especially when it comes to uphills. We also already looked at some local killer climbs as part of our Kings Of the Downs Challenge, coming up this Sunday, May 31st, here we bring […]

The weather is slowly improving, the days are getting longer and the appeal of getting out and riding is growing week by week. This time of the year is also when many of us think about sprucing up or upgrading our bikes for summer riding.   by Scott Purchas Over the years, I’ve spent a […]

Hi All. We are busy gearing up for our hardest Sportive of the year, The King of the Downs. Now in it’s 7th year, this is a classic 10 hill Sportive  to challenge even the fittest riders. So far we have booked the drink stations, ordered 2500 bananas, 4000 bits of flapjack, 150 fruitcakes and […]

In a modern western world with a media so preoccupied with pigeon-holing and stereotyping people, it may seem quite odd to some, and particularly to a non-cycling public, that hundreds of toned men compete in their garish lycra for the chance to win….. a pink jersey. It’s the Giro d’Italia, of course, and the time of the year where thinking […]

We may have accepted that there are some serious limitations to taking real mountaineering to your bicycle, particularly above a certain altitude but, have you heard, you can now climb the earth’s highest mountain on your trusted steed?..well, ok, in terms of height at least. Learn about cycling’s latest craze: Everesting! It’s a challenge that requires you to ride non-stop the vertical height of Mount Everest […]

100km is a distance that many cyclists will ride on a weekend without batting an eyelid. On UK roads there are more and more cyclists out at the weekend, putting in the miles, and riding further and further. However, on a mountain bike, riding that kind of distance, strictly off-road and especially down south, is a lot harder. […]

If you have read our article about choosing female cycle shorts then you may well have been intrigued by the bib shorts that offer easier access for bathroom stops.   by Fiona Outdoors   It’s one of those frustrating things about cycling in bib shorts for women. While bib shorts are super-comfy, they do cause […]

For women, borrowing your boyfriend’s jumper and, more relevantly, mixing up your cycling kit with the odd piece from the mens section, is great fun and opens up many more choices, which, arguably, are often still limited for female cyclists. When it comes to bib shorts, however, many women would have found out the hard way, that opting for […]