Author: Scott Blau

Sportive Group Ride We have all done sportives where it’s felt like a solo time trial, with only the signage for company. Sometimes you might pair-up to share the duties a little bit against the wind. It’s OK, but how much better would it be to ride in a sportive group ride instead? That’s why we’re putting on sportive Group Rides for this year's White Rose Classic.  It is an outgrowth of something we have had on the Event for the last...

There are a lot of different theories on the best cycling nutrition strategies.  And there are many companies pushing nutrition ideas that just happen to point toward the wonderful efficacy of their products. What is the Best Cycling Nutrition? I've come to the conclusion that many of those theories are right, contradictory though they may be.  But the question is not "what's the best cycling nutrition strategy."  Rather, I say it is best to ask, "what's the best cycling nutrition strategy for...

Wouldn't a good cycling navigation app on a smartphone be handy? As I have related in previous posts about problems with my Garmin and trying to use my smartphone for tracking my rides, I have put some effort in to taking advantage of all the smarts that are packed into my smartphone.  With just a little bit of fiddling, I was able to drop the Garmin and use my Android phone to track my rides in Strava. Although tracking a ride can...

One Less Device When my Garmin died the second time, I was travelling away from home.  I had noticed that some people use a smartphone cycling app to record their ride directly on their phone, without a dedicated GPS device, like a Garmin.  I got out my phone, connected to a WiFi hotspot, downloaded the Strava app, and decided to gave it a try. The first time recording a ride using a smartphone cycling app on my phone was a disaster.  After...

Yorkshire Dales road cycling may seem like an obvious focus for an avid cyclist. But as long-time Ilkley rider Charles Oxtoby explains in the post below, it was not always the case, for him, or others. - Ed. I got hooked on cycling in the mid-1990’s. Mountain biking that is. I was drawn to the freedom it gave me to explore the wild Yorkshire Dales moors. Nothing could keep me out of the back country. Nothing, that is, until the outbreak...

Did you have a model globe in your house when you were growing up?  I remember spending hours examining the globe, the vast oceans, the continents and the countries.  I noticed that on a particularly open part of the seas, usually the southern ocean, was what looked like a big figure 8.  At the time, I didn't pay it much attention.  Now, however, I now know why it was there, and what it is: the "analemma." As a year-around cyclist, winter...

For cycling navigation, I used to ride around the Yorkshire Dales with an Ordnance Survey map in my jersey pocket.  It was a clumsy affair.  I would study the map before the ride to decide on my route. But I never was able to remember more than a few turns if I went on new roads. Inevitably I would take out the map, find my current location and orient myself from there.  Sounds like easy cycling navigation, eh?  Try opening an...

We surveyed the 2017 riders to get a White Rose Classic review and scorecard.  Riders had many different experiences out on the road.  My perspective, as the Event Organiser on the day of the event, was probably jaded.  I heard mostly about issues riders ran into and challenges faced by the army of nearly 100 volunteers from the Ilkley Cycling Club.  To get an accurate assessment of the the experience riders had, we decided to survey the riders and ask...