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USADA and Lance Armstrong

USADA announced: ... Lance Armstrong ... has received a lifetime period of ineligibility and disqualification of all competitive results from August 1, 1998 Read the whole USADA news release August 2012. Not that I know very much about the rules or protocol of international cycle racing but it seems strange how a non-governmental agency in […]

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Cycling and Yoga

I should probably stretch more. I recently asked my chiropractor if there was a common problem with the cyclists she sees. "Tight glutes" was the reply. My hamstrings, glutes, lower back and neck have all been aching just recently. On a short ride the other day it felt at times as though someone was performing […]

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Cycling technique: pedaling in circles

"So can I ask how many of you actually use the push and pull method of pedaling and if you do does it make climbing hills that much easier?" "Will push pull make hill climbing easier? Yes it will, but you have to learn how to do it and repeat it often to develop underused […]

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My first sportive: the Big G 2012

Sunday 15th July 2012 Preparing for the Big G Cyclosportive Grimpeurs des Wolds Preparing isn't quite the right word, actually. Ideally I should have been doing regular shorter, faster rides than I have, and be tapering off by now. Instead I have done a long ride every week or so, ending with one of around […]

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Can you have too much of a good thing?

There is no doubt that the Isle of Wight is a great place to cycle. Lonely Planet recently described it as a cycling paradise and included it alonside Provence, Tasmania and New Zealand in its list of the 10 best places in the world to cycle. The 100k, signposted, Round the Island route, is an […]

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Bike van

Vans to carry bikes and which you can sleep in Two or three bicycles can easily be transported on a car rack, roof bars, or in a trailer. However, there are advantages in using a van: the bikes are secure, dry, and can be loaded and unloaded quickly without removing a wheel, mounting a rack, […]

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Herne Hill, Going for Gold

Medals won by Tommy Godwin at the 1948 Olympics Herne Hill velodrome in south London is the only surviving venue from the last London Olympics in 1948. I don't take a great interest in track cycling. Going round in circles, especially indoors, is the very antithesis of what I enjoy about cycling. However as I […]

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Being overtaken by another cyclist (and doing your own thing)

I like to think I am reasonably fit, able to cycle 80 miles or so without too much trouble (although my usual spin is nearer to 25 miles). I am not 'super fit' nor do I particularly want to be. I don't cycle fast but generally ride at a pace I can keep up all […]

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Rideau Lakes 2012

Last weekend was the annual Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour ride from Ottawa to Kingston. We were almost at the registration area and had not seen a single cyclist. “Are you sure we have the right date?” It was the right day, alright – we were just a bit early getting started. What a gorgeous morning. […]

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Le Terrier Sportive 2012 in Terrible Weather

Le Terrier is a sportive event held in Lancaster. They have 3 routes to choose from of different distances. I had entered the 72 mile event as I was ‘borrowing’ someone elses’ hilly route so I could claim a DIY GPS Audax AAA ride. Hettie on the top at Cross O'Greet, it was just too […]

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I was a cyclocross virgin….

Given the lousy weather recently, I haven't cycled much so I thought I would post an adventure from February.....when the weather was, well, lousy..... As part of it's marketing activities, my company's Belgian subsidiary part-sponsor a professional cyclocross team and in a moment of madness, I rashly suggested that I'd love to try it. So […]

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A bag, my kingdom for a bag, forsooth

That omniscient non-taxpaying songwriting crow, Bono, may not have found what he's looking for, but I think that I may have. I've been flying with my bike since 1990 and in that time due to having to fly quite often, two, three, or more legs in a flight (like Cork-London-Barcelona-La Coruna) I've had oodles of […]

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Mad Cats and English men go out in the mid-day sun…

An Audax Altitude Award report On the Isle of Man Monday 28 May was a bank holiday. I have been feeling quite chipper these days now the Carbimozole has balanced me out again at last. So I had a plan to have another go at a 200km ride. Made up my route and sent in […]

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A cycle ride to Coxwold… with coffee and cream

"Temptations", Coffee & Ice Cream Parlour. A new cafe stop, in Stamford Bridge It's always rewarding to introduce other cyclists to a new cafe. A couple of weeks ago we rode to Coxwold in North Yorkshire (my third century ride of 2012) via Stamford Bridge. The prices at "Temptations" are a little steep for the […]

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Where am I?

Hello everyone in Cycle Seven Land! Sorry I've not visited for ages. Where have I been? What have I been doing? Cycling has been intermittent to say the least. The last long/decent/interesting ride I had was on 1st March when I took a lift to near Truro, spending the day cycling home via the south […]

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An Accidental Ride

The original plan was to do a long distance ride on Sunday when the forecast was for a clear, sunny day. However, the best laid plans of mice and men ... Lady CoMo was the victim of a car accident on Thursday. She came out on the losing end of the encounter. It was not […]

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An ordinary day on the bike

This is not a story about bike-eating triffids.

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CTC cycling campaigns

CTC, the UK's national cyclists' organisation since 1878 and its largest cycling charity, recently appointed Gordon Seabright as its new Chief Executive (I think he started work on 1st March 2012). If I had been appointed, the first thing I would do is get an overview of what is currently going on in the organisation. […]

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Rainy days and Mondays

Well, that was the wettest April for more than 100 years. It's official. A bit back I fitted a DIY mudguard extension as a trial for next year's bad weather. Yesterday I was supposed to lead a group to Flamborough, but it was so wet, cold and windy that nobody ventured out for the start. […]

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Cottingham Road Club: first ride

On what turned out to be a showery day I finally started a ride with Cottingham Road Club, established at the end of last year by three keen cyclists who saw the need for something different from existing cycling clubs in the area. Pitched as being between CTC and the local road racing clubs, they […]

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The National Byway: from the Humber Bridge to Beverley (and back along the National Cycle Network)

At the end of February I had been under the weather since the middle of January. Planned rides had come and gone but I had stayed put. So I took my Kinesis for a very short ride. I rode fewer than ten miles (along the Transpennine Way) to refreshments at Mrs B's Cafe at the […]

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Bespoked 2 (the sequel) – more 'bike porn'

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hilary's post regarding Bespoked 2012. I too attended the show and her photos reminded me of some of the fantastic craftmanship that was on display. Melanie, my wife. took a different view, accusing me of ogling 'bike porn' again...charming! Rather than repeat much of Hilary's post (and because her photos are […]

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The Missing Link

Part of the National Cycle Network route NCN23 runs across the Isle of Wight from Cowes to Sandown via Newport, the principal town on the island. The section from Cowes to Newport runs along the old railway line alongside the river Medina and is well used by both commuters and leisure cyclists. The Sandown to […]

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First Ride 2012

Fresh snow on the ground yesterday morning – at least two inches of the stuff. By this morning the pavement was bare; by noon the temperature was above zero. Slow and easy getting started: bike down, find the clothes that were tucked away last November, inflate tyres, wax the chain. Water, don't forget water. Take […]

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Speed Wobble from Hell

I've known about the phenomenon of speed wobble for well over 25 years and know that it's not the fault of the bicycle, that it is a natural phenomenon and that it can be corrected by shifting your weight on the bicycle. A similar phenomenon can be seen, apparently, when towing a trailer in a […]

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Surgery stand shock

Brown Bike nearly fell over in excitement on today's drug run. Such outward displays of emotion can be risky in traffic or even without traffic so I discourage them. As I was wheeling BB at the time, negotiating a flower bed and narrow gateway, we were reasonably safe but I had to sharply remind him […]

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The Humble Workhorse

My bike is a pampered thoroughbred. She gets the best of everything and the slightest scratch to her gleaming paintwork is a national disaster. Not all bikes are treated so. I've just spent a month in Morocco where bikes still serve their original purpose as 'the people's nag', carrying riders and their loads as they […]

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Cycle for only 3 minutes a week

Anyone who cycles purely for fitness need travel no further than one mile. But you must ride flat out and do it once a week (a mile is how far you'd go on a bike in 3 minutes at 20 mph). This is because it can "deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of […]

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A Sad Tail

Kate wandered a bit too close last Wednesday, just as I was really digging in to catch Titanium Man. All it took was one unfortunate wag of the tail – a hair got caught in the roller, and it dragged her in. I expect she will be alright. The vet says she may not need […]

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Winter Wobblies

I'd forgotten how hard it is to ride on snow. While it is still loose, it's like pedalling through sand but it rolls into snowballs under the mudguards and around the brakes. Compacted snow is worse, nearly as slippery as ice but twice as bumpy so Brown Bike and I do our famous imitation of […]

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The first ride of 2012 in "Hockney Country" (aka the Yorkshire Wolds)

Approaching Middleton on the Wolds along an unfamiliar road Ooh, dear. I see this morning's online Independent report about the Yorkshire Wolds (and David Hockney's A Bigger Picture exhibition that opens at the Royal Academy on Saturday) is in the Travel section.

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The Sentence

This is not a pretty story. I will be spare in the details.

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Annie Londonderry: A Remarkable Woman

Annie Londonderry was the first woman cyclist to circle the globe. Although she was a celebrity in her day she would now be completely forgotten if it was not for the extensive research of her descendant Peter Zheutlin and his book 'Around the World on Two Wheels'. Santa kindly brought me a copy and, although […]

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Christmas cycle up North in hail and gales…

Totally pig sick of the gales, really really fed up to the back teeth with em... Over my Christmas time off work I fully intended to do this: The Festive 500 (km) ride to Redemption

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Cyclewight Mince Pie Ride

Held annuallly on the 27th of December the Cyclewight Mince Pie Ride was once listed by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ten best things to do after Christmas. Unfortunately icy conditions have meant the turn out has been very low in recent years but this year's mild weather led to a record number […]

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Wishing All Cyclists a Very Happy Christmas

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A short break from cycling

I haven't touched my bike for almost three weeks. I've not given up cycling or anything. Far from it (new wheel components on order, bike van being prepared, can't wait to get going again). I've simply been tied up with a few things: a loft conversion, lousy weather, a sore toe, very bad toothache in […]

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Technology and the Audax Altitude Award Round The Year

AAARTY and Technology. Well, it not quite the end of the year yet for us, but for Audax UK, October the 31st was the final day of the season. I have worked hard on my rides this year; and as an avid badge collector I have amounted a good pile of them. My most coverted […]

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Cycling resolutions for 2012

My rusty mountain bike. New parts are in stock awaiting a spring clean Almost a year ago I wrote that a couple of my new year's resolutions were to watch fewer soaps and get out on my bike more. I think I managed to get out on the bike quite a bit, but I really […]

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Is maol gualainn gan bráthair

This is an old Irish saying and what it says literally, that a shoulder is bare without a brother. What it means is that it's lonely if you don't have someone with you, i.e., at your shoulder. But what interests me about it is that it expresses something that I think is very relevant to […]

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Season Finale

The weekend was the last ride of the season. By Saturday rain had washed away Wednesday’s snow and the pavement was dry. The ride wasn’t as long as planned. It so happened that our intended route over Bellamy Side Road is not surfaced, so we just did a short out-and-back. Nothing strenuous. On the way […]

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'Into the Light' by Kuklos

Kuklos was the pen name of William Fitzwalter Wray who contributed a column 'Cycling Notes' to 'The Daily News' (London) from the beginning of the Twentieth Century until the paper closed in 1930. Some of these were reprinted in book form as 'The Kuklos Papers'. This piece was written, as he puts it, 'at the […]

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An Annual Cycle

A number of waterways flow through Ottawa and influence its shape; just so, a number of layers of government control its environs, for better or worse. The most unusual of these is the National Capital Commission (NCC), an appointed body that controls specific areas of green space and parkland in the capital region. It is […]

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Cycling Magazines

When the pile of cycling magazines by my chair got so big that it toppled over I thought perhaps it was time for a bit of a sort out. In these days of internet blogs and forums you could be forgiven for thinking that the humble magazine has had its day. Who submits technical queries […]

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Cycling blog birthday

CycleSeven's first Post was 1st November 2009. So we are two years old today. 434 Posts, 3,576 approved comments, and as intended, our team includes two women cyclists. Well done all!

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Two chums do TrailQuest Isle of Man!

Tina had my arm behind my back….. “We MUST do the TrailQuest together’ she decided. I had done a couple of these events before and I never really enjoyed them. I am not a very good mountain bike rider, and I am not very competitive, it was easier to say no. Especially with all the […]

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Musings on a day of a few overlapping halves

The cupboards are becoming bare so I'm off to Morrisons. It's daylight but the sky is murky enough for a hi-viz jacket. I wait until the day has warmed up somewhat, but I want to be home in time for Radio 4's Sunday afternoon drama, and some of the household clocks have gone back so […]

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Where in the Wolds? Why, Walesby!

Coming home at the end of the day. To East Yorkshire not to North Humberside For as long as I can remember I've hated the name 'Humberside'. I've ranted before about it (we also used to strike out the hideous coat of arms affair on our school exercise books and write 'Yorkshire' above it), but […]

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Tempting Fate!

A couple of days ago I put a comment on Mary's post that Apart from the odd shower it has been dry for ages here, I think I am a bit spoilt! What a foolish thing to say! Talk about asking for trouble, I don't think its stopped raining since!

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Final Audax of 2011

Audax UK's calendar ends on the 31st October and as there are gales and storms forecast for half term and next weekend I am mountain biking on both days, I have just one more chance to up my AAA points. So, on Sunday, I sorted out my final AAA ride of this Audax Season. On […]

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