De Fietser – The Cyclist

When asked what I do for a living, I usually respond: “I am a management consultant who specialises in strategic and business planning advice to the visitor, leisure and cultural sectors”. Some people instantly understand what I mean with that, but others may think that I am a travel consultant, booking and organising trips to…

BE THE EGG

“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances”. This is the quote that my ‘be the egg’ mantra refers to. A mantra that helps me when the going gets tough and will hopefully help to set new LEJOG & 1,000 miles records this year.

Zwift Distance Record Attempt

What This Zwift Distance Record attempt will be an indoor cycling record attempt on a Wahoo Kickr which will simulate me going round and round in loops in a virtual cycling world. The current Zwift Distance Record is 1626 km (1010 miles) in 72 hours and 36 mins. It is held by Chris Hopkinson, one of the…

Girl Power at Breckland 12 Hour

Originally posted on BorntoBike RT:
The Breckland 12 Hour TT was scheduled just two days after taking my last anticoagulants for Deep Vein Thrombosis which had put a halt to my 2016 season before it even really started. What better way for a comeback than going straight for a 12-hour time trial?! I didn’t have any…

Conquering Cramp Update

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post on ‘Conquering Cramp‘ in which I commented on my troubles with cramp, previous strategies, the results of a sweat test and the personalised hydration plan I had received for using Precision Hydration, electrolytes that match how I sweat. Unfortunately DVT then got in the way. I have since used…

#FOCUSCHALLENGE and #DVT

If there ever was one of my blogs to read… this is the one. For more reasons than you may expect. I recently received some amazing news: I am one of the winners of the #FocusChallenge. Unfortunately, I also have some bad news. Bad for me and important for you… 

CONQUERING CRAMP

“Cramp?… Oh, you must have just overdone it”. “You are not fit enough”. “You should drink more”. “Have you tried chilli, tonic, mustard?” I have heard so many suggestions over the years, but I keep on struggling with cramp. Until now. Hopefully, using H2Pro Hydrate from Precision Hydration will be a real breakthrough for me. 

Super Randonneur

Super what? I know I am probably talking to a niche group of people, but I am happy and proud to say that after completing a series of 200, 300, 400 and 600 km Audax rides this year, I now qualify as ‘super randonneur’. It’s been fun and a slippery slope, as I am already…

Support Crew LEJOG Solo Record

Dear friends, family, fans (if I have any?!), fellow cyclists and anyone up for a challenge: I am hoping to recruit a crew for my solo Land’s End John o’Groats record attempt and I hope you want to be part of this adventure! You will be my secret weapons, my ‘lightsabers’. 

New Year, New Team, New Goals

I have been looking forward so much to writing this blog, but these three images just sum up so much better than any words what my plans, dreams, hopes and goals are. It feels like things are starting to fall into place and I am so excited about it all. I wish you all the very…

Off-Season Cycling

Phew – somehow I managed to get that National 12-hr TT win in just in time before work just completely hijacked my life. Initially, I had planned to ride a few more time trials, but there was little point in riding them without any time to train. With a mixture of joy for others and…

#mixitup

…from the wonderful world of aerodynamics and power data to the equally quirky scene of AudaxUK… Probably one of the most popular hashtags among UK timetriallist on Twitter is #smashitup. Coined by (I believe) TT Champion of Champs Matt Bottrill and used by many of his coached riders, this approach may work for some but for…

Starting a blog is easier than maintaining one!

Starting a blog is definitely easier than maintaining one! Since writing my last post, I have done a few events and been on a great training camp in Mallorca. Time for a brief write-up. As I still don’t feel entirely in control on the Shiv, I have been a real chicken at the start of…