30 days of hair growth gets it first thing tomorrow morning. I’m not going to miss it (and neither is my wife), but at least I’ve discovered posh shaving cream…
Britain’s first National Park has a stunning combination of rugged moorland and lush dales. It also has some epic road climbs. Whether you like long, steady ascents or short killers, there’s something for everyone. Search hard enough and you might even find some flat bits… The main hotspots can be busy on bank holidays and weekends but there are enough quiet roads to ensure you have the time of your life.
We’ve teamed up with Raleigh and Moa to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a framed HTC-Highroad jersey signed by Mr Mark Cavendish himself during this year’s Giro d’Italia. To win just click here and enter our exclusive competition.
Check out the action from the last weekend’s at the Red Bull Mini Drome in Manchester. Mad, brilliant and, in a couple of cases, painful!
Red Bull Mini Drome Manchester
Over the next few weeks we’ll be uploading some of our best Big Rides for you to download, transfer to your GPS and enjoy. We kick off with a cobbled classic…
When I was growing up in the 1970s, moustaches were cool. And I wanted one. When I actually started growing face hair, the ‘tache had fallen out of fashion and, sadly, goatee beards seemed to become ‘cool’. As I didn’t dig the Timothy Claypole look I avoided growing one. Luckily Movember means that I can now grow a Freddie Mercury/Tom Selleck/pre-pubescent schoolboy-style ‘tache all in the aid of charity. Judging by past efforts of riders like Dave Zabriskie I don’t think I’ll make it into the pantheon of best hairy-lipped cyclists though…
Rutland is one of Britain’s hidden gems with quiet roads and a plethora of cake stops. The huge man-made reservoir of Rutland Water is the icing on the cake with cycling trails, nature reserves and sailing clubs. It’s a perfect place to let the family play while you ride. It may lack the challenging hills of the Yorkshire Dales or Peak District but Velo Club Rutland helped us find enough climbs and interesting roads to offer something to cyclists of all levels.
In 1991 Johnny Marr out of The Smiths teamed up with Bernard Sumner from New Order and created the ‘supergroup’, Electronic. The idea of two of my favourite artistes getting together was incredibly exciting and I imagined that Electronic would open up new avenues of aural ecstasy. In truth, they were actually a bit average. Could the combination of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky be as underwhelming?
Our two days of summer – in October naturally – have been and gone and autumn is out in force. Sadly that means thoughts turn to begrudgingly riding a bike to nowhere. Indoors.
We can’t be perfect and, very occasionally, we mess up. Witness page 140 of issue 254 and our Workshop How To. We managed to mix up our pictures… Apologies – Click on the picture below for the proper version or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a PDF.