Racing Reflections

January doesn’t seem that long ago. That was when I made a commitment to try road bike racing in 2018. In April, I did my first criterium (crit) race, Crit On The Campus. Since then, I have made it to the start and finish lines of Read More …

Developing A Nation Of Women Cyclists

This blog post was actually meant to be a talk at the Women’s Cycle Forum Pecha Caka event this year. I was gutted to not be able to make it. I blame the kids for passing on their lurgies at inopportune moments.  People sometimes talk Read More …

Is Confidence a Gender Issue?

I ran a coaching session with my club, Hervelo Cycling this morning. The road cycling side of the club (known as ‘the skinnies’) is largely made up of ladies like myself who got a road bike and just rode it. The majority of us have Read More …

On The Road (Race)

Yesterday was another momentous day for me. I finished a Road Race. All the way to to finish line. The finish line and beyond in fact as I did a totally unnecessary final lap. The Dunfermline Cycling Club Women’s Road Race, to be specific. That’s Read More …

Racing Realities

Back in January this year I made my racing resolutions. I decided that 2018 was going to be the year I gave criterium and road racing a go. Yesterday, my cycle racing resolutions turned into cycle racing realities as I did my first race of Read More …

An Image(s) Problem

After deciding that 2018 will be the year in which I get into road racing, I have been making use of the British Cycling online training plans. These are great. They are free to download. The include lots of detail. They have links to all Read More …

Training Week Six

This week has been week six following the British Cycling 8 week pre-season training plan. In a Nutshell It was a week out of routine with the kids on February break, and I missed my daily cargo biking. The two tough turbo sessions in the Read More …

Training Week Five

This week has been week five following the British Cycling 8 week pre-season training plan. In a Nutshell This week was a return to tough sessions after a rest week. A pub night meant doing turbo sessions two days in a row which is never Read More …

Training Week Four

This week has been week four following the British Cycling 8 week pre-season training plan. In a Nutshell I was relieved to find that week four in the training plan was a rest week. I was feeling pretty tired and had picked up a bit Read More …

Turbo Time: Which Turbo Trainer?

There is a huge range of turbo trainers now available and the choice can be bewildering when you are trying to decide which turbo trainer to buy. Essentially all turbo trainers do the same thing – they turn your bike into an ‘exercise bike’ which Read More …