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”

There’s something about La Vuelta…

Despite coming in third in a recent poll containing just three options, La Vuelta a Espana has always held a peculiar charm. From over 600 respondents, a loyal minority of 22% picked the Spanish Grand Tour as their favourite, and I’m happy to count myself among them. It’s understandable that it didn’t rate as highlyContinue reading “There’s something about La Vuelta…”

Olympic Despatches: Track Cycling

Day 1: Monday 2nd August With the outdoor cycling events completed, attention turned to the indoor discipline. Track cycling has been one of the most hotly anticipated events of the Games, not least because of the absence of top-level indoor cycling events over the past year and a half; the impact of the covid-19 pandemicContinue reading “Olympic Despatches: Track Cycling”

Olympic Despatches: Individual Time Trial

The final events on the road would see a small but perfectly formed field of 39 men and 25 women take on a long, undulating course against the clock. The distance was 44.2km for the men and 22.1km for the women, taking place over a lap (or two) concluding, as in the road race, onContinue reading “Olympic Despatches: Individual Time Trial”

Olympic Despatches: Mountain Biking Cross Country

The cross country mountain biking was next up for fans of all things cycling, and whilst it took us away from the roads and onto very different terrain, there were still some familiar faces for road cycling purists to look out for among the elite group of 38 riders who lined up for the men’sContinue reading “Olympic Despatches: Mountain Biking Cross Country”

Olympic Despatches: Road Race Recap

The wait is finally over: the Olympics have arrived. With the preparations five years in the making following the delay to the Tokyo Games due to coronavirus, the stakes were arguably higher than ever With the men’s and women’s road races some of the first events of the Games, much of the pre-race discussion centredContinue reading “Olympic Despatches: Road Race Recap”