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T-Mo Team Rider - Jayden RandellThe season is well underway and I’ve raced the first three rounds of the British National Enduro Series (BEMBA/BNES) and the first round of the European Continental Series in Spain. All new for this year is the British National Enduro Series which holds six independently run Enduro events around the country. Each Enduro race has a practice day on the Saturday and racing on the Sunday. It ranges from 4 to 8 stages and an average of 60km to 100km of riding over the weekend. The winner is the person who has the fastest overall time in their category. 150 points for first, 125 for second and 110 for third, and they cascade to lower numbers the further you are down the field. Stages are predominantly downhill and on varying terrain. Your best five rounds out of the six count towards the overall at the end of the season. So, round one at Afan on the 14th April couldn’t have gone any better as I took the win after 5 rocky, loose and physical stages. Next up was the first round of the European Continental Series in Salines Spain on the 28th April. This was my first experience of racing abroad. This trip wasn’t so much about results, but gaining experience in different terrain and conditions. Once back from Spain, It was straight into Round 2 of the British National Enduro Series at Graythwaite on the 5th May. 7 stages and a third place for me at the end of a long weekend battling the Norths finest roots and techy trails! Skip forward a few weeks and I’m back racing at the third round of the British National Enduro Series at Minehead on the 26th May. This was the first time heading South this year and we were fortunate that it was a dry weekend, which meant the trails could show off their loamy goodness which is a favourite for all the riders! I took the second step on the box, which means after the first three rounds I’m leading the series with 385 points. But it’s far from over and it’s tight at the top. I plan to drop the next round in Scotland due to GCSE’s, but I’ll be at the Malvern’s Classic from the 14th to the 16thJune, which I will be racing the Enduro and Dual Slalom events. It should be a great weekend and a perfect way to celebrate the end of my exams! Want to keep up with everything Jayden is up to? Check out his Instagram @jaydenrandell1 or @T.MOracing over on Facebook!
The summer is coming and so is the sun therefore its now the best time to get your bike out and go for a ride,or five. The roads are dry and the trails are great there really isn’t a better concoction for a great cycle other than an outfit from The Cycle Jersey! As Scottish summer doesn't come around annually we thought you might need reminded of how to look after yourself when pedaling; with the right clothing you'll be tempted to kick it up a gear and stop moping around the house and go for a scenic ride. Forgotten your bottle? Thirsty 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 every day a cycle goes to plan, so be prepared, try and take a sip every 15 minutes or so, and on hot days gulp away... Don’t let the sun give your legs pain! On your legs, not your skin, obviously. We'll not give you a lecture on why sun cream is a necessity; you know the drill, the longer the ride, the higher the factor. Keep yourself safe with accessories for protection. Suns out, guns out! Now, we're good at prepping you for this one. Leave the layers at home and make sure you're an owner of a highly durable and suitable textile material style jersey. We use top notch 'Polymicro' 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, we would strongly advise outerwear. 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! Contact us for details. We’ll hook you up. Now you've got the full rundown on some summer tips for riding, check out our custom design generator online. Because although you'll not all admit it - you've got to look good on the bike! Your design will be completely unique and not anywhere else on the planet, so you're sure to look like a pro.Read more...
MTB Mint Sauce JerseyMint, the only mountain biking sheep known to man, created by the illustrious Jo Burt and recognised most by those who follow the most iconic magazine in the industry – MBUK 1988-2018. While Mint didn’t make an appearance in MBUK until 1990, he’s still been a huge part of our journey so far. MBUK is a little over 30 years old now and has recently celebrated with long term friend Jo Burt and fellow side kick – Mint. They marked this birthday not by having knees up, but with a sit down; to pick the brains of Jo and how Mint came to be such a huge character in the world of MBUK. Jo (Illustrator, cartoonist, writer, cat owner); is the first to admit; 'it’s an incredibly odd profession drawing cartoons, sat within a dim cone of light in a dark dust and rubber swarf thick corner of the spare room, I work best in the hush of night, doodling away and somehow putting a lifetime into a magazine page.' Being a freelance illustrator he has done illustrations for just about every magazine and subject matter you could imagine. The backbone of this has been cycling related but he has done work for publications covering an abundance of other products/ interests such as: jet-skis, cars, hi-fi, 'what’s on listings' , oil rigs, horoscopes, computer software, green issues, lots of outdoorsy stuff, and even some top-shelf material. 'Those were good years. I’ve also illustrated books, drawn posters, scribbled t-shirt designs, and drawn logos for bike bits, and a driving instructor.' In perspective - these materials can take anything up to a week to draft and finalise. 'Multiply that by 12 months and 30 years and you can work out how much of my life that is - AND, that doesn’t include all the extra Mint stuff I’ve done! I’m going to have a cry now...' We've been lucky enough in years passed to have had unique - now retro style cycling jerseys designed by the man himself! Two designs available in both road and enduro style jerseys, with short sleeve and long sleeve options available. You can view out Mint Sauce Cycling jersey, here. You can read MBUK's full article on Jo Burt by clicking here.
Cyclists Suffer Less Mental Health Issues
Riding a bike is relaxing. If you’re stressed at work, you can often burn it off by cycling home. And if you’re dealing with a more serious problem, cycling can help you regain some balance in your life. A survey conducted over the years showed that indoor or outdoor cycling ranks close to the top for beating stress, depression and poor mental health - after those who play team sports.There was a positive correlation between all those who participated in some form of physical exercised and a lower mental health burden – this ranged from an 11 to 22% reduction. Those who played team sports saw a 22% reduction, whilst cyclists enjoyed approx 21% and gym users a 20% reduction. I imagine most of us probably still don’t give much thought to mental health - even after all the campaigning and changes in our local communities to un-mute this topic of discussion. We’re still all just managing okay – or just about managing – and, unlike physical health problems, the symptoms in ourselves and others can easily be overlooked. As an office full of cyclists and other outdoor pursuits we can vouch for the fact that exercise makes us feel better. The proof is in the pudding - exercise is significantly associated to aiding well-being and preventing poor mental illness/ emotion. What happens during a 1 hour ride?
- First 10 minutes; a sense of freedom hits your system! An uncontrollable grin emerges from all joy sparked from the burst of energy you feel pedaling.
- 20 minutes in; you're still riding the wave - the buzz is high and so is the pace. Your body is ridding itself of the cortisol in your body - the stress hormone that prevents sleep.
- 40 minutes; blood flow and oxygen to the brain is boosted. All this fresh air = less couch potato days!
- 45 mins; what a difference 5 minutes makes - endorphins are released and endorphins make you happy!
- 60 minutes in; with every minute you're going you automatically reduce the risk of hear disease. But now you're debating the inevitable question - to keep going, or to keep some in the tank for another day...
- 60 minutes in; whatever the answer - recover properly! Warm down and refuel (energy bar/ water or hit the pub - we don't judge) - both are good for the soul!
Custom Cycling JerseysIf you have a club, company, event or organisation you think would benefit from a custom jersey to lift it's profile and leave a good impression with customers or clients, just check out our custom jerseys page and see what we can do for you. You might be surprised how reasonable the cost can be! There's so much to choose from in our custom range - we offer cycling tops, mountain bike clothing, cycling jackets, sleeveless cycling jerseys, and we have a custom 3D kit designer for smaller orders. Our artwork set up is free of charge and we offer downloadable design templates for both road jerseys and enduro racing tops. Jerseys: Choose from three different styles: Road/ XC, Enduro MTB & DH Freeride tops. Comfortable on and off the bike, our jerseys feature high performance 140gsm multi dry technical fabric. All cycling jersey sizes are available from S-2XL *larger sizes are available upon request - there is an additional 20% sur charge for these sizes. We use advanced sublimation printing techniques, that achieve detailed designs which means your design will never wash out, fade or peel. Our standard road cycling jerseys come as standard with; short sleeves, a 3/4 length YKK concealed zip and three rear elasticated pockets. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £55 3-4 - £50.50 5-9 - £42.50 10-19 - £36.50 20-39 - £34.00 40-74 - £ 30.00 75 + - £28.00 Enduro MTB and Freeride DH cycle tops are very similar to each other - our enduro jerseys; newly introduced last year, have been an absolute hit! These are great for riding as well as retail/ custom merchandise. They come as standard with short sleeves and a round neck - the fit if these is slightly more fitted than most mountain bike jerseys and we recommend not wearing armour under this top. Our Freeride DH jerseys, are a more traditional style mountain biking top. They come as standard with short sleeves and a v shaped neck - unlike the Enduro style, these are a lot more of a leisurely fit and are perfect for wearing protective armour underneath. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £53.00 3-4 - £48.50 5-9 - £40.50 10-19 - £34.50 20-39 - £30.00 40-74 - £28.00 75 + - £26.00 Training Jackets & Gilets: Choose from three different styles: Gilet (light weight/ full Windex), Windcheeta Jacket and Windcheeta Lite Jacket. Our Gilets are high performance garments, ideal for crisp cold, dry weather riding. They're manufactured with a Windex fabric; allowing you to retain heat, whilst wicking the sweat away from the body to ensure a comfortable experience. Gilets as standard come with a mesh rear panel, however these is a heavier weight Windex option - see here. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £58.00 3-4 - £55.00 5-9 - £47.00 10-19 - £41.00 20-39 - £37.00 40-74 - £34.00 75 + - £30.00 Windcheeta Jackets are waterproof, windproof and breathable. They come with a brushed back inner layer of fabric for maximum insulation, 3 rear elasticated pockets and hem/ sleeves. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £92.50 3-4 - £87.50 5-9 - £75.00 10-19 - £70.00 20-39 - £60.00 40-74 - £57.50 75 + - £52.50 Windcheeta Lite Cycle Jackets provide the optimal fit for wet and cold weather riding, using a 3 layer windtex fabric which protects from wind and rain whilst maintaining good breathability. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £80.00 3-4 - £75.00 5-9 - £70.00 10-19 - £62.00 20-39 - £57.00 40-74 - £52.00 75 + - £47.00 All garments have additional options that can be added to your custom kit: OPTIONS
- Full Length YKK® Zip (+ £2.00)
- Long Sleeve (+ £2.00)
- Individual Names (+ £2.00)
- Silicone Hem Gripper (+ £4.00)
- Zipped media pocket to the rear (+ £4.00)
University Custom Team KitAt thecyclejersey we specialise in designing and manufacturing custom printed cycle jerseys and event merchandise. Producing custom team kit for University Cycling Clubs/ Rugby Football Clubs and staff is a huge part to the start of our season now too. Currently we design and manufacture kit for approx 15 Universities - including St Andrews, Heriot Watt and Cardiff University. Last year we were approached by Rob wainwright - former Scotland Rugby Captin - to help support Doddie Weirs 'My Name's Doddie' charity and fundraiser events. We designed and manufactured thousands of headbands for the infamous 'March of 1000 Headbands' to raise awareness for MND. The march was the finale of the 'Doddie Gump', which set out to get people walking 50,000 miles, or twice round the world, to raise money for the My Name's Doddie foundation. Rugby fans in Rome were asked to wear a headband (Weir's trademark on the pitch ) and walk 2.5 miles from Piazza del Popolo to the Stadio Olympico. We're a Scottish teamwear brand located in Falkirk, central Scotland which means we’re able to manufacture and deliver your team kit within 2 weeks of order approval – we’re completely unbeatable on turnaround in the UK and European market too. Our custom kit range is huge! We can manufacture: cycling tops, mountain bike clothing, cycling jackets, sleeveless cycling jerseys, full custom running vests and custom running leggings! We have a custom 3D kit designer for smaller orders - and the cherry on top, our artwork set up is free of charge; we even offer downloadable design templates for both road jerseys and enduro racing tops. Our custom process is simple and quick; send your inquiry to email@example.com along with a design spec and all logos you'd like on the design and we'll get to work on creating a visual for you see prior to placing your full order in to print.
Free Design Service
- Layout and colours on a sketch is fine, although if artwork is within our templates already then this can speed up the process.
- TheCycleJersey will create your design at no charge and will allow 2 sets of alterations with no additional charges.
- Subsequent changes may be charged, we will notify you of any charges prior to any additional design work.
- Initial designs are normally carried out within 2 working days.
No limit to number of colours
- The print process runs CMYK, however we can also use PANTONE as well as RGB
- If there is any doubt in the colours when we are testing the print, we will print a mini colour chart along with your colour sample to allow you to choose the desired colour.
Logo’s & Sponsors
- No limit to the number of logos
- All logos required within the design must be supplied
- 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
- Please convert all text to outlines / curves if able to do so.
- TheCycleJersey does not accept responsibility for poor print quality on logos which have been supplied in a substandard quality
- TheCycleJersey will mention any issues with logos and if necessary supply a print sample of any sections of logos or design which is questionable.
- TheCycleJersey assumes that logos supplied are with permission to be used
- Logos can be enlarged as long as they do not cross seam
- Individual names can be added for an additional charge
Team Cycling KitWhere o' where to start with designing your own team/ club kit... Our design motto tends to be 'simple is powerful' - and it all comes down to the concept and logos you're working with. Corporate logos follow all brand marketing rules; simple, memorable and more important to us designers - they're designed and constructed in the correct artwork format! Small local/ entrepreneurial businesses on the other hand - tend to be the complete opposite! Having said that - when paired with a retro design any logo can be morphed into an awesome custom cycling jersey. Another good point to remember, is to bear in mind the whole kit. We only offer black bib shorts as it's the most popular colour choice and it tends to always go with every design - you are able to fully customise the lycra leg gripper - and we can colour match any corporate or branded logos to ensure it all matches. When choosing colours, it's better to have brighter colours on the shoulders, side panels and/ or lower back. It's always a good idea to make yourself visible, no matter what the purpoe of your jersey is for. We offer the option to add a reflective strip to the back pocket of your jersey, for a small fee. We don't currently offer a neon colour chart, however you can trust in us that our colour range is very wide - you can request a free colour swatch if you're unsure. Click here to read more about our custom product range and to see pricing and additional options for our 2019 custom collection. We currently offer a FREE artwork design and mini sample service. AND there's no minimum order numbers to meet!
Tracy Moseley's Team Rider - JaydenJayden is a young kid who I feel has been around in our local riding scene and club for years already and somehow is still only 15yrs old ! I would see him riding his unicycle, smashing the pump track on his bmx, fat biking and bike packing with his dad and racing national XC races ! I loved the variety of his skills and love for riding bikes in whatever form At the end of 2017 I offered Jayden the change to ride an old enduro bike I had an introduced him to a few enduro races…..fast forward just 18 months and he is know becoming an accomplished little bike racer taking some impressive race results with him already… Find our more about him in the Q&A below:
Who is Jayden Randell? I look upon myself as a normal teen, who looks forward to riding my bike. How old are you? 15 years old. 14/07/2003 Where are you from? Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. How did you get into starting riding bikes? My Dad’s interest in mountainbiking is why I started riding bikes, with my first bike being a run bike at the age of 2. What is it about Enduro racing that you like compared to all the other disciplines you have done? To be honest, I like all forms of racing bikes. But, the passion for riding and racing Enduro comes from the relaxed vibe within the Enduro community. What’s better than a weekend in the hills on the bikes with you mates and calling it a race! How was 2018? 2018 was my first full season of enduro racing, with a couple of XC races added in. With 20+ races up and down the country, I sure did have a lot of fun on the bike. 2018 highlights? The stand out highlight from 2018 was Ard Rock. The weather couldn’t have been any better, the stages were like no other, and I had the best time chatting bikes and racing with my mates. A couple of other highlights have got to be taking the number 1 spot at the King & Queen Enduro in Scotland and a Mash-up late last year at Eastridge where everything seemed to click with my riding. What did you learn in 2018? It was a huge learning curve throughout the year: from nutrition, what to wear, what to carry, bike prep, tyre choices and fitness. How has 2019 been so far? 2019 has been good so far, I’ve really enjoyed riding and exploring a bit more in the Forest of Dean. New bike? The new bike… wow. What a machine the Trek Slash is! I feel really grateful to be riding such a great piece of kit this year. I’m really feeling the difference on the bigger 29er wheels. How was the first Enduro race? We were treated with some of that muddy stuff for the first Enduro of 2019. Had a blast riding some super fun and physical FoD stages. really pleased with an overall fastest time on stage one, taking the win in the Juniors and surprised with a fourth place overall. How did it go? XC race? My XC race at Cannock Chase sure was a shock to the system, but pleased with my 5th place.
Lightweight Custom Cycle ClothingJust like a spell of hot weather shouldn’t make your intentions of a ride questionable, neither should the fresh chill of a spring morning – with the right precautions you’ll be just grand. After all, the Easter holidays are a golden opportunity for cyclists. It allows for some warmer weather training, loads of sunny miles to put behind us and creates buzz of excitement in time for the British Summer months officially beginning. The biggest posed topic though, isn’t where to go – it’s what to wear? The in-between months are tricky, with light showers still existing, sunny spells one minute and chilly starts most mornings. Spring requires some key pieces of lightweight training clothing and a little experience to know how to best approach – and that’s where we're on hand to help and advise: Caps: These are an underrated accessory for sure! They actually keep so much heat inside of you – a great benefit of a cap is once you warm up, it’s functional and lightweight enough to shove in your back pocket. Tip to consider when wearing one under your helmet – point it up! It’ll avoid a sore neck from peering up to see ahead. Jerseys: It’s getting warm enough to ditch the heavy weight, fleece lined Windcheeta and swap it for a long sleeve road cycling jersey; our jerseys feature a high performance 140gsm multi dry technical fabric. They’re produced using advanced fit technology to provide the most comfortable riding experience. Jackets: Alternatively we can offer both Gilets and a Windcheeta Lite option. Our sleeveless jerseys A.K.A - Gilets are made from high quality Windtex® fabric – making it windproof, waterproof and breathable. The standard Gilet is manufactured with a lightweight mesh rear panel, but we do give the option to alter this for a Solid Windtex® rear panel instead. Our Windcheeta Lite is hugely popular at this time of the year; providing the optimal fit for wet or that little bit colder weather riding. It consists of a 3 layer Windtex® fabric which protects from the wind and rain whilst maintaining breathability. You can design a custom long sleeve cycling jacket here. Arm & Leg Warmers: The general rule of thumb is to protect your core extremities, right? If they’re protected you’ll be riding in comfort. Warmers are a cooshtie piece of kit! Don’t jump the gun on this one – save bare legs for the later spring months and double up with shorts and warmers to ease yourself in. Arm warmers aren't a necessity this moment s your probably wearing a long sleeve, but it's something you should start sourcing for around about now too – as your long sleeve jersey will be taking a back seat for the season. Snoods: These are genius. I can’t keep up with how many ways there are to use a one?! Sweat band, head band, hair tie – the list goes on and on. It’s a great piece of kit to have handy; bridging the gap and protecting you from the chill. If you've got an event or team/charity ride scheduled this season, our custom service is the best place to buy your event top. There's no minimum order required, free fabric sample service and an unbeatable turnaround time of just 2 weeks from order approval – that’s the fastest delivery in the UK and European market!
Custom Cycling Jerseys for KidsCycling; a sport loved by middle aged men in Lycra, is now becoming trendy among our younger generations - who’d have thought?! With obesity problems growing large and fast and cycle lanes being demolished, it seemed an impossible thought that kids would venture anywhere further than their rooms. They never fail to surprise us… Kid [kid] (Noun) 1. Something REALLY old people desire to be when their backs start breaking and their hearing and eyesight get poor. The cycling trend has not to be taken lightly, as these kids are tougher than they look - and they mean business! Taking various kinds of riding such as MTB, Cyclocross and Road racing; very seriously. This influential and social sport is a memory cherished by all; we don’t know anyone who doesn’t remember first learning how to ride their bike. Therefore, it’s only right that we provide these youths with proper and professional gear. We’re asking the local Primary and Secondary schools of Falkirk and its surrounding areas to design their own jersey; we’re hopeful their creative minds will give us a taste of what they’re looking for and maybe it will even encourage more kids to jump behind the bars. We’ll use the same fabric as we do for the adults so it’s light weight, breathable and very durable! The jersey is manufactured using sublimation printing; which means the ink is embedded in the material and is trapped, so there’s no such thing as colour fade. NOTE: our standard kids sizes will be age(s): (4), (5), (6-8) and (9-11), older teens will fit out adult XS and S sizes. Children's Custom Cycling Tops Our standard kids road cycling jerseys come as standard with; short sleeves, and a 3/4 length YKK concealed zip - three rear elasticated pockets can be added, but is dependent upon the size ordered. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - 0-2 - £52 3-4 - £47.50 5-9 - £39.50 10-19 - £33.50 20-39 - £31.00 40-74 - £ 27.00 75 + - £25.00 Kids enduro MTB and Freeride DH racing cycle tops are very similar to each other - our enduro jerseys; newly introduced last year, have been an absolute hit! These are great for riding as well as retail/ custom merchandise. They come as standard with short sleeves and a round neck - the fit if these is slightly more fitted than most mountain bike jerseys and we recommend not wearing armour under this top. Our Freeride DH jerseys, are a more traditional style mountain biking top. They come as standard with short sleeves and a v shaped neck - unlike the Enduro style, these are a lot more of a leisurely fit and are perfect for wearing protective armour underneath. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - 0-2 - £50.00 3-4 - £45.50 5-9 - £27.50 10-19 - £31.50 20-39 - £27.00 40-74 - £25.00 75 + - £23.00 If you have any suggestions or opinions on kids clothing that you wish to share, don't hesitate - we're all ears! Just drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org