Transalp 2017

Transalp is billed at 'the hardest MTB stage race in the world', this year was the 20th anniversary with the promise of being bigger and better with a total of 545km, mostly off road, with nearly 18,000m of ascent – eeek!Stage 1 Mayrhofen to Brixen 105km/3120mI started the day sick with nerves and ended it in the medical tent! The day started with the 33km climb of Pfitscherjoch! We had ridden …

Yoga for Cyclists

Flexibility and mobility is the range of movement around a joint (like the hip or knee) or a collection of joints (such as the spine). As cyclists we often overlook it, as on the surface it doesn’t appear to be that relevant to us (unlike a gymnast for instance) and increasing your flexibility doesn’t lead directly to riding the bike faster or does it..........? Much as I love cycling, humank…

Cadence

I recently wrote a short piece for Cycling Plus on cadence so thought I would expand a little on it here.What is cadence?The easiest way to measure cadence is by fitting a cadence sensor to your bike, these fit on your crank and count the number of pedal revolutions per minute.  If you don't have one though, you can measure your cadence by counting how many times one knee rises during a 30-second…

How Do I Start Mountain Biking?

A few people have asked me recently how to get started mountain biking so I pulled together a few thoughts.......Where can I ride?In England and Wales, you can ride on bridleways, byways open to all traffic, restricted byways, unsurfaced roads, Forestry Commission stone tracks, some unsurfaced Forestry Commission tracks, Forestry Commission mountain bike trails, cyclepaths and cycletracks as well…

Trans Cambrian Way

In 2011 Alan Goldsmith (organiser of the Highland 550 race) convinced me to join him and friends to tackle the TransCambrian route, there and back in 2 days. The date chosen was in the middle of June on the longest day of the year in the hope of completing the gruelling 100 miles (each way) of self navigated off road over the mountains of mid Wales in daylight. This time the goal was to make it l…

Winter Miles, Summer Smiles

It is often hard to fit winter miles in around life, work and of course the variable UK weather, so a winter or spring training camp allows you clock up some serious mileage before your racing season or sportive season starts and get some much needed vitamin D!Whatever your cycling goals the extra hours in the saddle early season will certainly help and if you are aiming for a big sportive like th…

Numbers Don't Win The Race

Most riders are obsessed with numbers in this Strava crazy world! We are always checking the data, the power, heart rate, time or speed for a session and obviously physical training is vitally important to becoming a successful road racer, but what about the other elements of racing that are often neglected?PsychologyCan you manage your emotions, your thoughts, your pre race nerves, your confidenc…

Getting Help......!

If you read Part 1 then thank you! From this it was obvious I cannot be my own coach as my training always ends up as last on my 'to do' list and as my day fills with clients, paperwork, endless emails and juggling family commitments quite often the training never actually happens as before I know it is time for dinner and bed. If I have cycled to, from and with a client I will do a decent mileag…

I Need Help......!

(I started this piece mid November, but didn't get round to posting it due to breaking my arm out in Spain - but that is another story!) There I have said it out loud! A bit like alcoholics anonymous the first step to solving a problem is to admit you have one! I have lots!Next year I am taking on Transalp (a 7 day mountain bike stage race across the Alps, as a mixed pair with my husband, with a…

Fitbit Fifty Race Report

It has taken me over three weeks to really process the amazing weekend that was the Fitbit Fifty! People have been asking how it went and I have proudly informed them how far I personally ran and cycled when asked (around 54Km and 450km!), but each time I have found myself saying how actually that wasn't the part of the challenge that will be forever etched in memory, instead I will always rememb…
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