Cycling

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...

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...