11 riders who stole our hearts in 2021

For the first in a series of pieces reviewing the 2021 season, I’m considering some of the riders who won hearts and minds this year. Be it from their full gas riding, their sparkling personalities or their memorable victories, there are a few shining stars who have won a place in my affections for theContinue reading “11 riders who stole our hearts in 2021”

Two Weekends, A Lifetime of Stories

This weekend, after a year and a half of waiting, I finally said goodbye to my Dad. He died in April 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic (not from covid, I might add) and it’s taken this long for us to able to gather the family and friends who would have wanted to celebrateContinue reading “Two Weekends, A Lifetime of Stories”

Under the Radar: cycling stories you might have missed this week…

The calendar congestion in men’s pro cycling can be frustrating – having to choose between races to watch, trying to hedge your bets to decide which might offer the most entertainment, or using several devices at once in an effort to keep on top of all of the action. Fear not – I’ve got youContinue reading “Under the Radar: cycling stories you might have missed this week…”

WC Mens’ Road Race: 5 Storylines

The infinite ways in which a road race can play out almost always coalesce into something cycling fans recognise – a predictable outcome even where the variables (the riders, the parcours, dogs off their leads) are unpredictable. It can be as binary as the breakaway vs the pack; a sprint vs a lone attacker; theContinue reading “WC Mens’ Road Race: 5 Storylines”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The Second Half

As my summation of the first four stages of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain consisted, quite predictably, of race reports, it might come as something of a surprise to read the second half, which sadly, will consist of relatively little in the way of cold, hard facts. There are reasons for this which willContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The Second Half”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The First Half

The 108-strong cast of the 17th modern edition of the Tour of Britain rolled out of Penzance, in the far south-west corner of the island, on a sunny September Sunday, full of promise of a spectacular week of racing to come. The backdrop to the Grand Depart and Stage 1 was the picturesque coastline andContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The First Half”

Post Vuelta Review: A Big Bag of Thoughts

Following the mad rush of last season’s grand tours, this season has felt like a return to something resembling normality. It’s been a long summer though, and now it’s late, and we’ve all had a bit too much to drink, and people are being silly and making up poems. No-one has time to read aContinue reading “Post Vuelta Review: A Big Bag of Thoughts”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: Preview

The rescheduled 17th edition of the modern reincarnation of the Tour of Britain will take place over eight stages and feature racing in all three countries of mainland Great Britain. The race was relaunched in 2004 following a five-year absence from the racing calendar and this year, just as in previous years, the race willContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: Preview”

La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 2

The second week of the Vuelta has been at times, as predicted, a fiery affair. Following the ponderous, often snooze-inducing flat stages of the opening week, punctuated by just a few brief interludes of excitement, the race roared to life under the sweltering Spanish sun. The week has been a big bag of surprises, withContinue reading “La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 2”

La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 1

The Vuelta is like a sigh of relief. After the pressure cooker of the Tour de France, with its whirlwind of sponsors; its media circus; its prestige; the Vuelta feels like a letting go. Languid, sultry days traversing the dry Spanish landscape, with its rocky outcrops and deserted plains; there’s a hipster vibe to itContinue reading “La Vuelta a Espana: Rest Day Reflections 1”