’22 Preview: Chapter 4 – The Pack (2): The Opportunists

Our pack may not be top of the list of favourites for every race they are involved in, but they are up there fighting, and have plenty of opportunities to take big wins. The previous chapter looked at those teams who are challenging the top dogs for supremacy. This piece will focus on a setContinue reading “’22 Preview: Chapter 4 – The Pack (2): The Opportunists”

’22 Preview: Chapter 3 – The Pack (1): The Challengers

Welcome back to ’22 Preview, a series of articles in which I take a look at each of the men’s World Tour teams (and a few added extras) in an effort to see what the future holds for them in this new season. In Chapters One and Two, I examined the fortunes of the TopContinue reading “’22 Preview: Chapter 3 – The Pack (1): The Challengers”

Fayetteville 2022: Cyclocross World Championships Preview

Following a thrilling 2021/2022 cyclocross winter, the season culminates this weekend for the ultimate showdown: the World Championships. The competition will be held outside of Europe for the first time since 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and whilst recent headlines have focused largely on who won’t be there, the array of talent making the trip acrossContinue reading “Fayetteville 2022: Cyclocross World Championships Preview”

’22 Preview: Chapter 2 – Top Dogs (2)

In case you missed it: my last post introduced my new team preview series, in which I take a look at each of the men’s World Tour teams (and a select few Pro teams), their performance in 2021, their comings and goings, and their goals for 2022. Because let’s face it: we all need somethingContinue reading “’22 Preview: Chapter 2 – Top Dogs (2)”

’22 Preview: Chapter 1 – Top Dogs (1)

The off-season in cycling is a slippery beast. One moment you’re flopping dramatically on the sofa, bemoaning the loss of your beloved sport, and smashing dates into ‘how many days until’ calculators to torture yourself by finding out just how long it is until you can stare at a bunch of men on bikes forContinue reading “’22 Preview: Chapter 1 – Top Dogs (1)”

7 reasons to watch women’s cycling in 2022

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Never was the old adage more evident than in 2020, when the pandemic curtailed the cycling season and we were left bereft and grasping at the memories of 2019 and wondering when it would be back. As a result of another old adage ‘absence makes theContinue reading “7 reasons to watch women’s cycling in 2022”

Week-Long Stage Races: Goldilocks Bike Racing

Think back through some of the highlights of the 2021 cycling season and you’ll inevitably find yourself focusing on classic one day races such as the Monuments or World Championships and their all-or-nothing full-gas bids for glory; or at the other end of the spectrum, the three Grand Tours and their endless array of nuance,Continue reading “Week-Long Stage Races: Goldilocks Bike Racing”

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…”