Yin, yang and sore elbows: some thoughts on the World Championship road races

Two mornings, two early alarm calls. Two bleary-eyed visits to the kitchen to make the first cup of tea of the day and catch up on two very important races. The elite road race weekend has come and gone, and as always, it leaves in its wake a multitude of conflicting emotions, questions and talkingContinue reading “Yin, yang and sore elbows: some thoughts on the World Championship road races”

ALL NEW: Newsletter now launching!

Welcome back to the site and apologies for my absence. It’s been a busy summer of um, watching a lot of bike racing, and writing about a lot of it too, albeit for other outlets. Which is fantastic and I am truly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been afforded, but I’m anxious to keep upContinue reading “ALL NEW: Newsletter now launching!”

The Utrecht Files

Day 1. Prequel – the Travelogue This isn’t a confessional. Nor is it therapy.  Focus on the cycling. Focus on the cycling. But in the beginning, there was none. It was the night before… as the saying goes. It started with a narrowly avoided panic attack in the aisle seat (22C) of a KLM plane,Continue reading “The Utrecht Files”

About yesterday…

13th July 2022: the 108th Tour de France, Stage 11 It was the race we all deserved. Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2022 will go down in cycling history as the day we celebrated the attacking spirit of this unique generation of talent; a day of pure, undiluted joy at the spectacle ofContinue reading “About yesterday…”

The Coming Second of Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert and second place co-exist like strawberries and cream or pizza and pineapple (if you’re MVDP). There’s seemingly no end to the ways in which van Aert can narrowly swerve victory, and it’s become a running joke on cycling social media, with memes dedicated to the phenomenon and a collective eye-roll issued byContinue reading “The Coming Second of Wout van Aert”

Ripping up the Script: how to (maybe) beat Pogačar at his own game

Tadej Pogačar. What CAN’T he do? With the entire narrative leading up to this year’s Tour de France focusing on the younger Slovenian’s defence of the title he’s won twice in a row, there’s no shying away from reality: UAE Team Emirates’ tufted prince and his apparent invincibility in the face of any and ALLContinue reading “Ripping up the Script: how to (maybe) beat Pogačar at his own game”

The Big Review: Giro d’Italia 2022

Or: all the things I wish to remember from this year’s Corsa Rosa And so here we are, dearest word-consumers, about to find ourselves in ACTUAL JULY. One Grand Tour safely stashed in our 2022-shaped back pockets, with all the action, drama and memorable moments that come along with it, and time propels us onContinue reading “The Big Review: Giro d’Italia 2022”

Good Omens

It’s fair to say that Team Jumbo Visma are a team who struggle with luck at the best of times. After a week and a bit replete with mishaps at the 105th Giro d’Italia, a dismal outcome for the Dutch team was widely predicted. Jumbo Visma are the living embodiment of a rollercoaster ride. ToContinue reading “Good Omens”

Giro d’Italia – A Preview in Top 5’s

It’s been a year since I kicked off this website with my underdog preview of the 2021 Giro d’Italia so it feels quite poignant to be here, about to encounter the first and arguably most beautiful of the Grand Tours, once again. The Giro d’Italia garners the lion’s share of the love when it comesContinue reading “Giro d’Italia – A Preview in Top 5’s”

The 12 Best Riders who DIDN’T win a Spring Classic

It’s hard to believe that spring Classics season is already at an end. It seems mere moments ago that we were counting down to Omloop, impatient for the season ‘proper’ to begin, and yet here we are, already looking back on a monumental couple of months of racing, and beginning a new countdown, as grandContinue reading “The 12 Best Riders who DIDN’T win a Spring Classic”