Specialized Tarmac SL7 Pro 2022 Review – What It Is Really Like

I had always dreamed of owning a Specialized S-Works Tarmac, and like many people, this dream became further and further away the more expensive the bike became. The launch of the SL7 Specialized S-Works Tarmac model caused me particular excitement and the thought (dream) of having it in the standard red awoke the desire all…

Tour of Flanders

Having been literally locked down at home for what feels like five years, the opportunity to cross the English Channel with a close group of friends to see the famous cycling classic The Tour of Flanders was too good an opportunity to pass. Little did I know when I left, that I would be waking…

2022 Cycling Objectives – In A Nutshell

Each year I try to ensure I put down some realistic and obviously desirable activities or aims that for the forthcoming 12 months. By writing it down, I’m 5% of the way there. By stating it publicly, well that leaves me with no excuses whatsoever. Time will tell. 1. 10 x 100 = 100 miles…

2021 Remembered

It’s always a good at this time of year to take a moment to reflect on what is happened in the last 12 months. Was it a good year? Did I do all that I set to? and perhaps the biggest question of all, did I make the most of it? In yet another COVID…

Why 2020 Was A Great Year

If you have experienced a pretty crappy year and one that impacted you personally, whether because of COVID or any other reason, I’m sorry to hear that. Whilst I have come out of the year so far unscathed compared to others, I have preferred to focus on the positives of the year as there were…

Bike Packing The Isle of Wight

I had been wanting to do this for exactly six years. I know that because it was in 2014 that I bought my Specialized AWOL touring bike with the specific purpose of taking up a different style of riding. Since then, my interest in road cycling took off and I found myself glued to a…

My Cycling Year in Numbers

I had one numerical goal when I started the year and that was to hit 4,000 miles. I hadn’t achieved that in previous years and therefore I figured why not. 2017 had been my best year ever and as 2018 had gone a bit backwards compared to that I decided it was the year I…

Coffee Stop Snob

We used to base our rides around the route. Now we base them around the cafe stop, the wind and then the route in that order

If I Were Strava CEO

If my Strava personal assistant (and let’s call her Sally) offered me the chance of setting up such a goal, reminded me of it, reported against my progress and even gave me a nudge if I was below schedule for that period, would it make me work a bit harder?

Specialized Roubaix Comp 2020

My finger hovered over the mouse as the screen urged me to hit the buy button on the Specialized Roubaix Comp that was advertised

London to Amsterdam – why not?

Approximately two years ago I set out to organise a London to Paris bike ride for anyone at work that was interested in coming with me. The aim, was to raise money for the charity Sanitation First and the consequence would hopefully be fun as well as a positive outcome for the charity. It was…

Cotswold Sportive

There was a time when a Sportive would be seen as a big event for me, so much so that I would even lay my clothes out on the floor the night before, write check lists and plan an energy fuelled breakfast. Now, without wanting to sound too cocky, I don’t even want to attend…