When regular Cycling Plus photographer Tom Simpson decided he needed a riding challenge entering two of Europe’s toughest sportives was the natural choice. (Warning: contains a rather grizzly image!)
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.
Cycling Plus issue 274 is now ready for your reading pleasure! Our May issue is packed with all our usual goodies plus we put light weight jackets and bargain race tyres to the test, put our bespoke bicycles to the test and check out carbon, steel and aluminium bikes for under £1500.
Get to know Cycling Plus contributor and registered dietitian and sports nutritionist Renee McGregor, who is based at the University of Bath Sports Clinic and Human Performance Centre
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!
Some press trips take you to London or Manchester or even Sheffield. And then some take you to Barbados.
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!
Strava is the GPS app that can transform your riding, turn every climb into a race and looks set to change the face of cycling, says John Whitney…