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

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Eastern Cross League 2015/16 fixtures

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This colossal event went ahead almost without a hitch, with competitors enjoying the freedom and safety of closed roads. The strong south ...

Lotus League Team Time Trial

Time Trialling

It was a great night for Iceni Velo teams, as Iceni A won the event with a time of 22:37, and Iceni B came a close 3rd in 23:39! Defending ...

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VC Baracchi 10-mile time trial

Time Trialling

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Riding and racing at Snetterton Race Circuit

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Trip down to the Norfolk Broads

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25-mile time trial (Wolsey RC)

Time Trialling

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Stowmarket & Dist CC 20-mile time trial

Time Trialling

A mild north-easterly breeze in dry conditions gave riders a reasonably comfortable ride, and James Trenchard's time of 45:06 confirmed that ...


Calendar

All Cycling events | All events

July 2015 7 events August 2015 3 events

Coming soon...

01 July 2015 (Wednesday): Eastern Cross League 2015/16

01 July 2015 (Wednesday): 15-mile East District Champs

03 July 2015 (Friday): Gas Hill Gasp 2015

04 July 2015 (Saturday): Norwich ABC 10-mile time trial

12 July 2015 (Sunday): ECCA 25-mile time trial

15 July 2015 (Wednesday): Lotus League Individual Time Trial

26 July 2015 (Sunday): EDCA 100-mile District Champs

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