Our guide to finishing your first 60-mile sportive
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by Hannah Marais
1w ago
Our guide to finishing your first 60-mile sportive So you’ve decided that 2024 is going to be the year you find your motivation and complete your first ever cycling event, but you aren’t sure how to get started. That’s totally understandable, between the frowny-faced and serious looking club rides you occasionally spot, and the seemingly endless obsession the sport has with getting faster and lighter, getting into cycling can seem a bit daunting. It can be much more appealing to stay within your comfort zone, rather than push yourself to set a goal that – on the face of it – is a little bit s ..read more
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Five unknown gravel gems in Germany and the Netherlands
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by Markus Stitz
3w ago
My recent trip on a Hase Gravit Dust Gravel Cargo Bike (longest name for a bike?) took me past plenty of great places to ride a gravel bike. In Britain the Lammermuir Hills and the Yorkshire Coast offered amazing riding. But Mainland Europe has plenty on offer for all types of bikes, with the added benefit of great infrastructure to connect the various regions. If you spend more time in Germany, then consider the Deutschland-Ticket. With that you can travel conveniently throughout Germany by all means of local public transport for just 49 Euros per month!  Here are five of the places tha ..read more
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Nine unmissable UK gravel events in 2024
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by Markus Stitz
1M ago
As the author of Great British Gravel Rides and as an event organiser myself, I have handpicked nine events on this beautiful island that give you a good choice if you’d like to combine off-road riding with meeting like-minded people.  Where possible, I have also included a route featured in my book, which will give you a taste of the event. With some events already sold out or close to selling out, my advice would be to gather a few friends at home, in a cafe or a pub, choose which event best suits you and get your spaces booked to organise an unforgettable weekend of cycling this sprin ..read more
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CargoBikePacking – The long way home
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by Markus Stitz
1M ago
You might ask yourself why? What is the point in cycling 1,100km on a cargo bike from Scotland to Germany just before Christmas?  Let me try to answer the question.  I like challenges on the bike, even more so if they are a bit of a novelty. In 2010 I purchased my first singlespeed bike and rode it, without having really cycled a singlespeed before, 1,400km from Edinburgh to Erfurt. I learned a lot, at times the hard way, but I arrived with a big smile on my face. The bike In 2017 I fell in love with gravel bikes. While the trip in 2010 had taken 14 days to complete, I made it home ..read more
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Top six winter cycling destinations to escape the cold
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by Dannie Watkinson
2M ago
There’s no doubt about it, cyclists tend to dread the cold winter months, wrapped up like Michelin men, barely able to bend their elbows or pull the brakes. The winter seems to be getting colder and longer, or maybe that’s us losing the will to pedal during winter, who knows. Every ride becomes a fiasco, getting dressed takes an extra 10 minutes, pulling layer upon layer of clothing on and fretting about that awful feeling of being frozen to the bone. So, let’s talk about sneaking away for some warmer climates and vitamin D. Spain First up, Spain, which is home to the Vuelta a España, a race ..read more
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Long Weekends in Europe: Calpe
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by Luke Williams
2M ago
Found on the Costa Blanca, Calpe was once a sleepy fishing town that just happened to be near to its tourism driven neighbours of Benidorm and Alicante. These days, Calpe has a thriving tourism industry of its own, becoming a hotspot for cyclists looking for some year-round sunshine. So, let’s go exploring and see what Calpe has to offer. Where should I stay? Given that Calpe is found on the Spanish coast, it will come as no surprise that the best part of the city to stay in has a view of the Mediterranean Sea. There are a plethora of hotels that cater for all budgets and tastes, including th ..read more
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17 Christmas present ideas for the cyclist that has it all!
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by Hugh Wilson
3M ago
Chances are you’ve got a pedal-pusher or two in your circles. And hey, if you’re diving into this, you might be dealing with a whole squadron of cyclists (LUCKY YOU!) Although you’d think with such an expansive array of kit, tools and accessories available,  that cyclists are a doddle to buy for, but sadly this just makes the whole process somewhat overwhelming. But fear not, we’ve concocted a nifty top 17 line-up for road, gravel and mountain bikers. Whether you’re aiming for a humble stocking stuffer or looking to break the budget with a mind-blowing present, we’ve got you sorted with ..read more
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Wanderlust: Namibia; an untapped adventure playground for cyclists
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by Emily Conrad-Pickles
3M ago
Off road riding. Feels like everyone’s delving into it and not looking back. It offers opportunities to venture off the beaten track and away from the traffic. Or, for the more adventurous riders reading, it can truly take you into some of the worlds’ most amazing wilderness spaces. Enter Namibia; a breathtaking country which is home to the oldest desert in the world (with sand dunes to take your breath away), jaw dropping canyons, safaris, beaches, culture – and genuine wilderness.  A country so sparsely populated that in much of the country you can enjoy displays of the Milky Way almos ..read more
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Winter bike survival tips
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by Hugh Wilson
3M ago
Winter’s back in full swing, bringing along the hassle of gearing up for a ride—a true pain, especially in the darkness, struggling with layers to brave the wintry chaos. It’s a battle against the elements, but unless you’re riding indoors or under the sun, it’s the only choice! Despite the bone-chilling cold and relentless winds of British weather, winter cycling oddly offers a rewarding sense of accomplishment that cannot be replicated by riding indoors. Regardless of your bike, prioritising basic winter maintenance can significantly boost both your and your bike’s spirits. In this article ..read more
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Long Weekends in Europe: Scottish Highlands
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by Luke Williams
3M ago
Now that winter is starting to set in across the continent, it’s time to look at a long weekends destination close to home – the Scottish Highlands. Home to stunning vistas and famous mountain bike trails, the north of Scotland is a wonderful place to explore with your family or friends. Let’s take a look at the best places to stay and things to do. Where should I stay? There are plenty of options when it comes to setting up base camp for a weekend in the Highlands, one of which is Inverness. The city and its extremities are full of important archaeological sites that are worth exploring, the ..read more
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