Yesterday we #5thLDN went out for some good old winter base miles. To keep one of our traditional alive we finished our ride at Santa Maria‘s little brother Bravi Ragazzi. Click read more below for photos from the day.
Despite riding thousands of miles a year as a team, days like Saturday still remain few and far between. The 101 miles Donalrey had envisaged for us soon became when 112 when we decided (like it was ever up for debate…) that we WOULD do the extra climb mid-way through up Sugarloaf. Endless sunshine, roads and dare i say it, pain made up what has to be my favorite day of riding this year. Click Read More for the full article.
Last Sunday was the 2nd edition of the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 event. Despite the complicated name this event is growing in size and stature, and is now the UK’s biggest sportive with 24,000 participants. It follows roughly the same route as the 2012 Olympic road race, starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London and then venturing south west into the Surrey hills, before returning to London for a sprint finish on The Mall, all over closed roads. The distance is 100 miles / 161km as the name implies, although it turned out not to be the case this year – more on that in a moment.
Click read more below to read Daniel’s report about the event.
A couple of weekends back myself and Chris took of to some local trails (little pockets of which we’re discovering more and more of) JP and Keith were there which always makes for some incredible wheels to follow. Check out the full coverage on No Life Like This
A few of us are doing the Prudential Ride100 London-Surrey this weekend and Sunday just gone we decided to do a ‘recce‘ of the Surrey area. We are used to the roads and climbs, but it was good to get a fresh idea of what it will be like. More pot holes then I can remember, but the ride was great. We finished off course at our sponsor Santa Maria Pizzeria. It was great to see the restaurant busy and there was no free table outside so we could have kept an eye on the bikes. But we didn’t mind sitting outside on the grass and having a picnic type meal. It was quite nice actually. Thanks for the best pizza Santa Maria and cheers for the ride guys.
As if it wasn’t already amazing that the Tour De France was blasting through the Yorkshire dales creating a buzzing atmosphere for cycling around Britain and the World! We was approached by Le Coq Sportif to put on a ride celebrate the Tour coming to UK and London! The plan was to invite cyclists to celebrate the Tour by riding our own mini stage around the Kent countryside on Sunday, 6th of July, starting at the Le Coq Sportif store in Covent Garden and ending there just in time to grab a beer and watch the end of Stage 2, which was being held in Yorkshire.
We received great interest and had just over 20 people signed up and ready to go. We met at the Covent Garden store where we had a suprise welcome of warm coffee and cakes perfectly set up my Look Mum No Hands, it was brilliant timing as it was the greatest british weather for summer… RAIN!
We set of at 9 sharp adorning our rain jackets with the optimism that it might get sunny! We headed out over Waterloo and towards Camberwell up and through Bromley and then into the Kent countryside. I would like to say it went smoothly but travelling in a group of 20 through the streets of London with endless red lights was not an easy task. With the rain came 5 punctures in the first 20 miles!
Once we were out in the countryside the ride went really well, riders got to tackle a few of Kent’s finest climbs and a chance to try and beat me up hill . The route was a mix of hills and sweeping country lanes which would cover just over 100 kilometres.
The ride took about 4 hours which wasn’t too bad with a few stops and one very unfriendly pub owner who would not fill peoples water bottles up without purchases!
We had a nice coffee stop just before a mass TT to get back to the store in time for the Stage finish. Everyone got back safely and really enjoyed there ride, everyone stayed around to watch the TDF stage 2 finish with a lovely craft beer in hand!
I would like to thank everyone who came down, my fellow team mates George and Pascale for doing a great job helping out with the group. High Five! Also Dean “the traffic stopper Hill” for a great job he did at the back of the group.
And last but not least I would like to thank Le Coq Sportif for supplying us with awesome kit, for putting on a great ride and letting us watch the Tour at a great shop! Also thanks to Look Mum No Hands for the coffee and cakes.
As many of you might have picked up on or followed along, myself Chris and Phil undertook the 500 and something trip from Brooklyn to Montreal. A day by day blow is up on the LostandFound Tumblr so instead of rehashing I’ve chosen one picture from each day that sums that day up for me and included a list of things I lost and found along the way. Oh, I’ve also thrown up the Strava maps for those interested in the routing or undertaking the same trip.
Love for Bikes
Direction (more than once)
Ego as a Cyclist/’adventurer’
Liters of blood to biting insects (no-one told me June was ‘bug month’
Quantities of unnecessary backpacking food
A ton of sleep in thunderstorms under canvas
Any desire to get back to the city
Love for Bikes
Deeper understanding and respect for the physical and mental strength needed to tour.
All sense of concern about anything other than the immediate task (which was liberating)
Phil shitting in the woods
The biggest wolf spider I’ve ever seen
Innumerable unforgettable and good times
Le Coq Sportif and The 5th Floor invite you to join us on a road ride from Central London to Kent to celebrate the 2nd stage of the Tour de France. Limited numbers, first 30 people to RSVP will get all the remaining info. We will be back in Central London to watch the stage with a coffee stop at half way. FREE coffee, refreshment, beer and food at the end of the ride. Don’t miss out!!!
It was my 4th Taconic 150 put on by the good folks over at NYC Velo. This ride has become a litmus for how I have progressed as a rider year to year. The Taconic region isn’t as well known to New York riders compared to its Catskills brother off on the horizon, but it is equally brutal. While it lacks the infamous Devil’s Kitchen and Sugarloaf type pitches, it more than makes up for in relentless rollers and gravel climbs that will beat your fresh legs into rubbery submission. This particular edition featured two category 2 all gravel ascents, Mt. Riga and Sunset Rock, the latter of which I am unashamed to say I needed to put a foot down for respite. The eager group of 35 slowly dwindled through a Darwinian selection of luck, preparedness and stubbornness. Countless flats (4 to be exact from Mr. Koblov) , groupettos gone astray, 100 miles (30 by dirt) and 10,000 feet of climbing put everyone to their limit, and for a few past it. At the end of the day, when we all eventually found our way back, a cold beer and smiles were all to be found. Thanks to Neil Bridge for the amazing photos from the day.