Bala is an outdoor Mecca, says Guy Kesteven. The birthplace of mountain biking trail centres, Coed y Brenin, is just over the hill. A vast watersports-friendly lake tickles the edge of the town, with rapids-laced rivers feeding into it from all sides. The mountains of Snowdonia form the jagged skyline to the east and north. The sense of frontier wildness and raw natural beauty stirs the soul; if this was the Lake District it’d be teeming with outdoor enthusiasts.
We sent Rick Robson out North Wales to see if he could keep up with former pro-turned-coach Dave Lloyd. He came back tired but with a brilliant cycling route in Wales.
Andrew Deaner, the second of our readers joining Team Specialized Cycling Plus for the Rat Race Road Trip explains why he’s signed up for this awesome challenge!
The Team Specialized Cycling Plus quartet are cooking up a storm as they prepare for May’s Rat Race Road Trip – riding from London to Edinburgh in two days…And it’s just starting to sink in for Ken Ferguson!
When we put a call out for a reader to join Team Specialized Cycling Plus on May’s Rat Race Road Trip we only expected a tiny number of you to get in touch. It’s a pretty daunting challenge – 400 miles between London and Edinburgh in just two days really isn’t for the faint-hearted. We were surprised, then, when more than 50 of you applied!
On a grey and chilly day last week British cycling legend Chris Boardman took Cycling Plus on the ride he considers to be the best in Britain. You’ll be able to read about Chris’s favourite route in issue 275, which hits the shops on April the 30th and, curiously enough, we want you to disagree with him!
Less than 24hrs after finishing the recent, and gruelling, 4-day Challenge Mallorca, Tobias Mews managed to catch up with Team Madison-Genesis’ youngest and possibly most enthusiastic rider, 18-year Alex Peters.
Today sees the April issue – number 273 – of Cycling Plus hit the shops. And it’s not just any issue – it’s our Bike of the Year Issue! This year we’ve put 40 – yes 40 – brilliant road bikes through their paces…
We love these pictures of Team Madison Genesis taken by top photographer Geoff Waugh on their recent training camp in Majorca, we stole them*!
On a damp and murky day in late October I was invited to join a select bunch of riders to take part in a highly secretive recce ride of the Surrey section of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route.