Cycling

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I cover many aspects of cycling as a means of travel, including towing children about. Various aspects of recreational, commuter and competitive cycling are covered. There are Tandem bike reviews, child trailer reviews, time trialling advice and results, and lots more!

John's Background

John is now with  Iceni  Velo

John is now with Iceni Velo

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I've been focussed on bikes ever since I started University and had to think about how to get about on a budget. Back in 1992 I used to cycle a few miles each way on a heavy but useful mountain bike (Carrera Kalarahi, a Halfords semi-cheapo brand).

A year later, and for the next few years, I rode the same bike 20 miles a day to Uni through some pretty attrocious Norfolk lanes. At the time I wasn't aware of optimisations to make a cyclist's life easier, such as lycra, but I persevered until 1995. The mountain bike went slowly downhill, changing colour a couple of times in the process and getting gradually more rusty. A brief foray into tri-bars did little to improve aerodynamics, but did add a few unsightly scars to my limbs.

1995: my awakening to 'real' cycling. I don't know what brought it about, but all of a sudden I was riding the same country lanes, in Lycra, on a new Dawes Horizon tourer. In October I had also joined the UEA Cycling Club and was persuaded to enter my first competition event, a 1400-yard hill climb in Yorkshire. I rode it on my tourer (stripped down, of course!) and finished some way down the table. But it was fun!

The tempo gradually increased from there, and by the next summer I was time-trialling on a Cannondale road bike. I was entering time trials left, right and centre with my UEA team-mates (mainly Andy Tyler, Jo Tuck and Dave Cooper - aka Cooperman). I gradually improved, but seemed to plateau at around 24 minutes for a 10 and just over the hour for a 25. At the same time Andy was putting in 21's and 55's, but gradually going downhill as he struggled to identify a problem in his diet.

We used to do training rides back then, up to Wells-next-the-Sea or down to Diss, or along to Yarmouth, and life was grand.

Enough rambling! What you really need is some useful information, either about places to cycle, performance cycling or how to look after yourself and your bike.


Further Reading

How the BC Rankings Work

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Convert Between MPH and KMH

In the cycling world, there is a lot of cross-over between imperial (miles) and metric (kilometres) measurements. In the UK we are used to ...

Hethersett 30/60/90 Sportive

Go cycling in numbers in the Hethersett Sportive, starting at the Hethersett Social Club. Three distances to choose from, costing between ...

Great Yarmouth CC 10-mile Time Trial

Run on the A143, starting and finishing at Wortwell. 8AM start. There's also a tandem option. More info at cyclingtimetrials.org.uk. ...

Rider Development Sessions - U23

Road racing skills for under-23's. More information at britishcycling.org.uk.

The Norfolk Cycle Show & Charity Ride

This charity ride heads out at midday from the Norfolk Cycle Show. Entry fee and distances are yet to be announced - look at the britishcycling ...

Norfolk Cycle Show

Head along to The Forum at Norwich's Millenium Plain, for lots of trade stands, an electronic bike test track, and special guests. You can ...

Rider Development Session - Women and Girls

Road racing skills for women and girls. More information at britishcycling.org.uk.

Great Yarmouth CC 25-mile Time Trial

Run mostly on back roads, starting and finishing in St Olaves. 9AM start. There's a 2-up option. More info at cyclingtimetrials.org.uk. ...

Rider Development Sessions - U23

Road racing skills for under-23's. More information at britishcycling.org.uk.

CC Breckland 10-mile time trial

Most entrants turned out for this early season tester, and there were a fair few spectators dotted along the route too. A light northerly ...

Rider Development Session - Women and Girls

Road racing skills for women and girls. More information at britishcycling.org.uk.

To Rosie Lee's for a cup of tea

A challenging three-hour Sky Ride event starting in Norwich, and open to everyone. More info at goskyride.com or britishcycling.org.uk.

Eastern Cross 2013 Team Championships

A Sunday event at Furze Hill, Mistley (CO11 1HS). It's a very hilly, wooded course. View the Eastern Cross page. View all Eastern Cross ...

EDCA Prize Giving and Reliability Ride

The East District Cycling Association (EDCA) prize giving takes place at Carbrooke Village Hall, between 9AM and 10AM, and 50km reliability ...


Calendar

All Cycling events | All events

May 2014 9 events

Coming soon...

04 May 2014 (Sunday): Duff Morgan/Iceni Velo Road Race

05 May 2014 (Monday): Norwich Cycle Swarm

05 May 2014 (Monday): Ixworth Cycle Races

10 May 2014 (Saturday): Iceni Velo Ruff Stuff

11 May 2014 (Sunday): CSUK Reepham Sportive 1

18 May 2014 (Sunday): Boudicca Sportive

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