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  • Grand Tours 2018

    GRAND TOUR JERSEY

    Grand Tour Jerseys

    30th July, 2018

     

    GRAND TOUR BLOG GIROGiro d'Italia

    This year (4th May, 2018), for the first time ever - a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe!  It's the 13th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy; Israel has the honour of hosting the first 3 stages, kicking things off in Jerusalem with a time trial. 

    As usual, the race will consist of 21 stages: 2 individual time trials, 7 sprints, 6 medium difficulty stages and 6 high difficulty stages.  The total distance covered will be 3,546.2KM (2203.5 miles), which is approx. 168.9KM  (105 miles) a day, OUCH.  There's a nice little change for the final stage, as riders will entre beautiful Rome, an opportunity that these riders have likely never done before.

    With four tours and one Vuelta Espana under his belt , Froome is now the first British rider to win the Giro d'Italia; also making him the second rider to have won all three Grand Tours  AND  the third rider to win them all in one year!

    Get full details of each stage here.

     

     

    GRAND TOUR BLOGTour de France

    As usual, this incredibly famous event will take place throughout the whole of July - beginning 07.07.18  until 23rd.  The 105th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of approx. 3,329km.  There's 9 new locations visited fir the first time this year.

    It's broken down into; 8 flat stages, 5 hills, 6 King of the Mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet) , 1 individual time trial, 1 team time trial and 2 rest days. This year, the race includes 25 mountain climbs and the cobbles return during the 9th stage in Arras, Roubaix.

    The last curve ball is that after a 3 year absence, a TTT is back on the cards as early as stage 3.

    With Lance Armstrong (stripped of his 7 TDF wins), he stated that if Chris Froome races the Tour this year he'll face a 'nightmare' - after experience on the unclear end of a doping accusation.   The  four-time title winner of the TDF is still the bookies odds to win!  The record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

    Four-time leading champion Froome, completed the podium this year, but not as expected...  Geraint Thomas stepped in to this years spotlight; after the individual time trial stage, he gained 1m51s over Tom Dumoulin.

    Ever wonder how the TDF ever got to be the biggest Classic race of all time?  Read how times have changed - here.

    SPAIN JERSEY VISUALVuelta a Espana

    Beginning on August 25th, the 73rd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta  will begin in Malaga - the second time since 1936  and there's no better way to start than an ITT right?!  The rumours are circulating, but the finalised route/ stage details are yet TBC this month.  Looking ahead though, there's rumours of the 2020 edition already!  Will the Vuelta go back to the future in the Netherlands...

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  • Tips for Designing a Custom Cycling Jersey

    How to: Custom Design Cycling Jersey

    3rd July, 2018

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    Our bible quote –‘simple is powerful…’

    Tips for Designing a Custom Cycling Jersey; the process is simple; we provide the template and you can design whatever you like! Sublimation print allows for limitless colour choices and numerous logo/ image positions. There’s only one catch!  To avoid any potential artwork charges - artwork must be supplied in a print ready format

    =  logos should be supplied in print ready format (AI, EPS, SVG or COREL). Some PDF files will be suitable if they contain vector files. JPEG PSD PNG or TIFF files can be used also but they must be at least 150dpi at actual size

    Once you’ve gathered your artwork and downloaded the template, the rest is easy.  Stick to the following guidelines and the process will be slick and effortless:

    1. Concept is key – why not consider matching custom bib shorts too?
    2. Think about the angles across all sizes!
    3. Bear in mind seam allowance - Trying to match patterns across the body panels – chest, back and sides – is easy. However, from the body to the sleeves and collar is… REALLY DAMN HARD.  So avoid this area or create a pattern that's abstract enough to accommodate a bit of movement across these seams, without ruining the overall look.
    4. Mini Samples - you should always take the extra step and try to see the colour on the fabric before starting full production. That's why we have a full Pantone blanket of each fabric we use so that we can choose colours with confidence.
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  • Manchester Arena Attack Charity Cycle

     #BeeStrong  - We Love MCR Charity Cycle

    23rd June, 2017

    I LOVE MCR JERSEY BLOG IMAGEA couple of months ago, we designed a really special custom cycle jersey for Chris; to help him with his decision to cycle for charity and help raise money for the Manchester Arena Victims.  He cycled from Blackpool to Manchester on the 9th of July - that's 100km by the way...  And he  busted a gut and do it in a target of 4 hours!

    The charity he is representing is the Lord Mayor if Manchester charity - We Love MCR; this charity is dedicated to support people who have been injured or bereaved by the attack on the 22nd of May.

    Since the making of this jersey, the increase of fundraising event participation has kept just kept growing to help support the victims and their ever grieving families.  Among all the events, various  ranges of clothing have been released with a 'Bee Strong' logo to raise money for the victims.  Charity rides are amongst the most popular acts of kindness to raise money for the chairty, so we're proud to be able to offer such an meaningful product to so many people.  You can show support by purchasing your very own MCR jersey herePlease take reassurance that we will donate a percentage of sales from each jersey to the We Love MCR Charity.

    The Arena reopens its doors (September 9th) after repair, for the first time in 3 months since the horrific event in which 22 people died and dozens were injured after the Ariana Grande concert; with an all star line up benefit concert in which proceeds will go to the We Love MCR Charity.

    There's still plenty of events lined up before the end of the year!  You can see and sign up here.

    You may also be interested in developing MTB in Scotland ...

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  • Cycling on Islay: Whisky Distillery

    Distillery by Bike: the Islay Whisky Trail

    25th April, 2018

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    Now, they say the customer is always right - and some times that's hard to hear, believe you me.  However, in this case the above fact is not faulted, nor questioned whatsoever, not one bit!  Fellow whisky  connoisseurs and buddying TCJ fans Rick and Stu took to the illustrious Isle of Islay to experience the islands eight working whisky distilleries.

    Stage 1:

    Bunnahabhain Distillery; the most northerly of the distilleries and considered by many to be the most untypical of Islay...  Swooping through the single track road, the momentous smell of malt was enough to awaken the Giant within!

    • Production Tour: 09:30 (50 mins - £7)
    • Warehouse 9 Experience: 10:30 (1 hour/ 5 drams - £25)

    All aboard the ferry Port Askaig-Feolin (duration 5:00 mins) - £3.20 return.

    Isle of Jura Distillery - previously known as: Craighouse, Small Isles and Caol nan Eilea, is next on the list and home to a peaty whisky (and about 6000 deer).  The road to Jura is peaceful, in fact there are probably as many cars on the road there as there is distilleries on the island!  The reserved shoreline road eventually takes a turn inland and begins to climb - there's really only one path to follow; that of the overgrown ferns and grass.  Further along the road, walls and farms begin to emerge and the chimney of Jura is in plain sight - a quick descent and you'll be right outside the stunning Jura distillery.

    • Distillery Tour: 14:00 (45 mins - £6)

    Caol ila Distillery; situated on the NE shores of Islay, with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the Paps of Jura.  This is the largest distillery on Islay, traditionally producing peated whiskey, but unpeated has since been produced - primarily for blending purposes.

    • Distillery Tour: 16:00 or Drop in for a wee complimentary dram (open until 17:30)

     

    Stage 2:

    Kilchoman Distillery - small in comparison to the others on the island and farm based, located not too far from Bruichladdich distillery.  Every step of the production process takes place on-site, giving the grand old expression 'from barely to bottle' great meaning.  By now there's probably been a few tumbles from the bike (nothing the Whisky can't help though, I'm sure), but you're well on your way to the next two distillery stops as over and beyond the dips, either side sits Kilchoman and Brusichladdich.

    • Distillery Tour: 10:00 (1 hour/ 2 drams – £7)
    • Tasting options not time specific

    Bruichladdich Distillery - the very distinctive aqua marine colours of the casks and the bright yellow MOD registered submarine (you'd need to read the story to believe it) haha! The welcoming gesture marks the halfway mark on the Islay tour.

    • Tour: 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 (1 hour - £5)
    • Drop in for a free tasting – licensed after 11:00 (bottles under £200)

    Bowmore Distillery - the original Islay distillery and home to the oldest Scotch Whisky maturation warehouse in the world!  'A place of legend and craftsmanship, of beauty and reflection, the No. 1 Vaults is where Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky is meticulously matured until perfect. Our master distillers have been doing it that way since 1779'.

    • Classic Tour: 12:30/14:00
    • Tasting Bar: 12:00 – 15:30

    Stage 3:

    Ardbeg Distillery -  a favourite in the office, for sure!  'Ardbeg has been called “as close to perfection as makes no difference,” by whisky connoisseurs'.   These three distillerys are all only a matter of miles away from each other (1.1m to Lagavulin)

    Are you part of Velo Club d'Ardbeg yet...?

    • Full Range Tour & Tasting: 10:00 (1 hour 45 mins/ 5 drams - £20)
    • Old Kiln Café (lunch)

    Laphroaig Distillery - Closest to Port Ellen, Laphraoig is the most informal tasting experience offered on that part of the island. Only 1.2 miles to Lagavulin!

    • Laphroaig Experience Tour: 14:00 (1 hour/ 3 drams - £10)
    • Layers of Laphroaig Tasting: 15:15 (1 hour - £20)

    Lagavulin Distillery - another favourite in the office over here (watch this space for a jersey)...  Situated at the picturesque Lagavulin Bay, this is an experience not to be missed.  The sight of Lagavulin distillery hits you like the first time you put your nose to a smoky whisky - WOAH! It's certainly makes a big entrance, the way that it suddenly comes into view and how perfect it looks. The buildings are white and there is not a single blemish on them. There is a pagoda roof and a wall with “Lagavulin” in large lettering.

    • Core Range Tasting Tour: 15:30 (1 hour/ 3 drams - £15)
    • Sensory Tasting Experience: 14:30 (5 drams - £35)

    Cycling on Islay is something you have to experience!  For one - Islay whisky is among the best in the world, but there is also over 131 routes across the island!

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  • Feis IIe - the Isle of Islay's Whisky Festival

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    Feis IIe - the Isle of Islay's Whisky Festival

    3rd April, 2018

    For over 30 years now, Islay has been host of the Islay Festival of Malt.  Held annually on the last week of May; when the temperature is just right and the man eating midgies are still at bay.  This Islay whisky festival calls upon all kinds of connoisseurs from all over  the globe.

    Islay is part of the Southern Hebrides and home to approx. 3,200 people and also resident to some of the most replenishing Scottish malt whisky distilleries including: Ardbeg, Bruichladdich,Lagavulin and Laphroaig.  With miles of beautiful beaches and a good stretch of road - you can't resist a good cycle if you're going to the festival - take on the Whisky trail -  (click here for Islay bike hire ). From tales of festivals past; the population of Islay more than doubles for the festival - the calling of music and malts is an irresistible thought for whisky pilgrims around the country.

    All distilleries will open their doors to the public for daily tastings, there's golf, bowing ceilidhs and Gaelic lessons and proper good music!  The festival will commence the week of May 25th- 2nd June.

    You can also pick up your very own cycle jersey souvenir!

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  • Scottish Enduro Series RND 1

    Enduro Scene Thrives

    3rd April, 2018

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    WAAAAAAAAAH!!! We're pretty stoked out here at thecyclejersey HQ  preppin' and printin' for ROUND 1 POC Scottish Enduro Series at Laggan Wolftrax Centre - who's shreddin?!

    So what sort of riding should you expect? The weather at the moment isn't too shabby, erring towards the damp side for the weekend.  Expanding on “physical and fun” riders should be expecting some traditional trails with a mixture of built trails, some steep bits (both up and down) and a challenge for everyone. There will be a total of 5 timed stages for the full enduro and 3 for the short course the amazing Laggan trail ninjas have been working hard to give you all some treats.

    For the short course you should expect the best of Laggan’s blue and red tracks, with a wee bit of the Natural Gold that is on offer there too – expect a lot of fun and a bit of a challenge.  Your course is just over 18km long and has 3 stages.

    Now, lets #throwback to 2017

    Fort William held a great range of trails from trail centre to natural and for me that makes for a good weekend. The SES brings riders together from all different backgrounds; with a strong field of skills when it comes to
    the natural gold, but as my reputation seems to be emerging... it is true, I do love a good pedal in between the wild muddy sections.

    Coming in to my third year of racing Enduro, the SES has been a solid foundation for me. From 2015, each round has pushed my riding on committing me to the race line down steep muddy shoots I would have otherwise toyed with. Getting together with over 300 riders for a weekend of fun, Round 1 was one of the most chilled out weekends of racing I have had with excellent company and superb craic, it was so good to be in that atmosphere again... I’m still laughing my way down stage 4s wild mud rut/spaghetti bolognese.

    During the off season break in races I didn’t follow a good solid training program. What I did commit to was flat pedals... From a DC trainer/not so grippy Gusset pedal combo to a FiveTen/Nukeproof dream... it has been one big learning curve.  A visit to Rab at Dirt School in November to rewind back to the basics was priceless, my whole riding position changed and I’m feeling more in control (I did sneak the clips back on for security this weekend haha, but really felt a difference in confidence when the mud simply didn’t let me clip back in!).  My bike, Ibis Mojo HD3, was stripped down for a good 6 weeks at the start of the year as I worked my way around replacing all the much worn parts, so I took to hill walking/dog sitting adventures for the best part of February – best. job. ever!

    With a pretty large time gap still to close and lots of confidence still to gain, the slow progress has been enjoyable. It was pretty awesome seeing even more girls coming through to the race this weekend, from new riders to experienced, the overall women’s field is strong! Cheers for a good weekend, I hope to see
    you all again at round 2.

    Solid result all round for Team TCJ/BaseCampBikes, yessss!

    Our partner - Eventureworks is the main event supplies and merchandise sponsor for the umpteenth year in a row.

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  • Tour de Yorkshire

    Tour de Yorkshire 2018

    14 March, 2018

    TOUR DE YORKSHIRE

     

    The fourth edition of this Yorkshire road bike sportive is just weeks away - and this years lucky riders get to experience an extra day - bringing it to 4 stages for the men's race and 2 stages for the women; further growing and succeeding as a recognised UCI event.  This year, Greg Van Avermaet secured overall victory in the Tour de Yorkshire after Stéphane Rossetto took a brilliant solo win on stage four into Leeds.  Megan Guarnier (Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team) led the Cow and Calf climb in Illkely  and took the reigning champ titale for the women's TDY.

    The Tour de Yorkshire was created in 2015 as a legacy event from the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in the county in 2014 – and Yorkshire has also been selected to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

     

    tdy blog imageDoing the Yorkshire Tour or the this year?  Or how about the Ay Up! Yorkshire SportiveWe stock two awesome Yorkshire cycling jerseys and if you order now you'll get it in time for either event. 

    With the routes announced and training well underway - have you thought about your kit?  We specialise in both custom printed jerseys, made to your own design, as well as bespoke limited edition branded cycling jerseys - we even have our own Tour de Yorkshire cycling jersey  available for sale.

     

    Wensleydale Creamery is stone throw away from each starting andwensleydale blog imahe finishing point of each stage.  Every year Yorkshires finest food and drink producers are showcased to the worlds media, during these four days - so for all you cheese feins and those alike; there'll be plenty of opportunity to try a little taste of heaven.  It'll be no surprise to you, that this brand is available as a jersey too!  You'll need to be faster than the udders to bag one of these!

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  • Fraser McGlone: on the Downhill World Cup Circuit

    Fraser McGlone:

    Talks Downhill World Cup and Training

     

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    Hey guys, Fraser McGlone here with my first blog post of the year for The Cycle Jersey! Going to be writing some words throughout the year following my journey of what it’s like racing on the Downhill World Cup circuit.

    FRASER MCGLONE - BLOG IMAGEThis winters been a proper winter, haven’t really experienced this much snow during the off season before and its been causing havoc with trying to get riding done.  Only being able to get on a handful of uplifts has been super frustrating but it's one of these things that you can't change or it would be 30 degrees all year around in Scotland and everyone would be a whole lot happier!  And when there's no snow, there's mud - lots of it!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Gear Up for Warmer Weather

    Lightweight Cycle Clothing

    06th March, 2018

     

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    With blue skies on the horizon and the temperature slowly rising; lightweight clothing is an essential component to comfort - among an abundance of other things.

    Suns out, guns out!

    Now, we're good at prepping you for this one; leave the layers at home and make sure you're the owner of a highly durable and suitable textile material style jersey.  We use top notch 'Airtex' fabric which not only wicks sweat away from the body efficiently, but dries in the blink of an eye with super ventilation.  You won't get a better quality cycle jersey.  If you're an early riser and are out before the sun, outerwear is recommended.

    Our Gilets have technical sweat-wicking properties, with plenty of ventilation as we offer the option of a mesh back panel – and they come complete with a full length zip, so you can get as much cooling air over your body as possible.  Side note: it’s probably best to avoid dark colours as we all know it attracts heat.

    Toot, toot, legs oot!

    Show people what leg day really looks like!  What style you wear is totally personal preference; for a leisurely ride MTB shorts sit more freely - avoiding any fashion faux pas!  For the roadies, we recommend some Lycra bib-shorts, not so flattering to the eye...  But your performance will soar!  We can customise bib shorts, shorts and skin suits!  Contact us for details. We’ll hook you up.

    Slather the Sun Cream

    It’s easy to forget when getting ready to ride your bike and by the time you’ve set off, if you’re not already covered – most of the damage will already be done.   The most important areas are those with thin skin: nose, ears, cheeks and the arms. DO NOT forget the back of your legs – sunlight reflecting off the ground can burn your calves and behind your knees, and that’s fairly uncomfortable.

    H20 - just add water

    Water you talking about?  Feel the thirst already?  You're already dehydrated - school boy error!  It takes no genius to know that you must stay hydrated before, during and after your ride!  It's not often a cycle goes to plan, so be prepared - try and take a sip every 15 minutes or so, and on hot days gulp away...

    Steady on!

    Take it slow (when appropriate) and don’t charge up all of the hills.  Regular breaks in the shade (or pub/café if you prefer)…

     

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  • Cycling in Ireland

    Cycling Routes in Ireland

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    Ireland.  Home to 2017’s Enduro World Series, round 4 took to Carrick Mountain; now known as one of the most gnarly and wildest circuits.  As its almost St Patricks Day and all, it leads us to thinking what else is there to do around the Irish nether regions…

    A brief bit of research finds these select few road bike and off-road MTB single track trails:

    Inishmore Island Loop; this is a full days pedalling around the Inishmore Islands and is extremely popular, interesting and picture perfect scenic. Inishmore is the largest of the Aran Islands off the west coast of co. Galway, Ireland. This route is a moderate (55 km) cycling route around the entire island.

    Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Coastline; this signposted route stretches 2,750 km (1,700 miles) along the remote winding west coast of Ireland from Kinsale in Co. Cork in the south to Co. Donegal in the north - where it connects to the Causeway Coastal Drive and onto Belfast.  The benefit of this route is that it can be enjoyed over a busy few days, or drawn out over a couple of weeks, even!  With thousands of outdoor pursuits such as walking, hiking, fishing and kayaking.  There's 50+ beaches to explore on your way, among various long distance walks and with local festivals and events happening throughout the year, you're bound to find something you fancy.

    Blessington Lakes, Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough; this is whole day of cycling (approx. 75km).  It's possibly better being split into smaller chunks as there are a few nasty climbs mid way.   The views are breath-taking, so why rush?  You'll pass through the spectacular Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains National Park, great mountain hikes, Lough Tay where the Vikings TV series films and Sally Gap.

    Sally Gap; if you're Dublin based this is on your doorstep!  a remote mountain pass at 503m above sea level, located in the Wicklow Mountains.  It's an unpredictable road; exposed and innumerable twists and turns.  You'll possibly venture down onto old Military road (approx. 20km), weaving through some of the most desolate landscape in the country.

    Ballinastone; again in the Wicklow Mountains, this is one of five Coillte mountain bike trail centres.  It's a short loop of purposely built single track.  With flowing trails that never really reach a peak and forgiving terrain - it's no wonder why it's one of the most popular trails in the country.You'll have a longish grind up some gravel road, where some technical climbing will come in handy.  The trail will gradually wind downhill, across open hillside and thick forest.

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