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  1. Bespoke Cycling Jackets

    Bespoke Cycling Windcheeta Jackets & Training Jerseys

    With the mornings less refreshing to wake up to and the night's drawing earlier and darker, along with the erratic changes in weather, this is enough to signify that Winter is officially - non officially here.  The constant battle between sunny showers and gale force winds make riding your bike outside feel like a grueling chore.  Though we say - 'there's no such thing as bad weather...  just bad clothing!' The general rule of thumb is to protect your core extremities, if they're protected you'll be riding in relative comfort.   This year, we're offering a hugely discounted offer on our custom Windcheeta cycling jackets - £725* including FREE UK delivery, for every order of 10 placed. We're also currently running a Black Friday discount on all our branded cycling jerseys, long sleeve training jerseys and windcheeta jackets - buy any 2 and get 1 free*! Use code: 3FOR2  
    • Windcheeta Jacket Spec:
    • Waterproof, windproof and breathable Windtex® fabric
    • Brushed back inner layer for maximum insulation
    • Full length YKK® zip
    • Raglan sleeve
    • Elasticated waist hem and sleeve cuff
    • 3 pockets to the rear with elastic at the top
    Provides the optimal fit for cold weather riding, using a 3 layer Windtex® fabric which protects from wind and rain whilst maintaining good breathability. Windtex® fabric - the heat produced by a human being varies greatly during physical effort. During winter riding, despite the surrounding low temperatures, the body temperature can vary greatly. In order to keep body temperature within certain limits, heat is lost through perspiration. At this point, clothing plays an important role: heat retention compromises physical activity if the fabric does not breathe. Windtex’s excellent breathing capacity as well as its heat retention protect the body’s microclimate.  
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  2. Winter Nutrition Tips for Cyclists

    Fuel your Winter: Training Diet

      The official riding season is down and out for a few months now and what might be stressful for some; Winter training is a blessing in disguise for others.  You'll have hopefully read our Winter Training blog and are well versed in how to train safely and how to dress accordinglyThe next - and arguable most important topic is food; how to eat, what to eat and when to eat.  When the harsh winter hits and the world around you starts to crumble with school closures, sick kids and blocked roads, your diet is likely to take some bashing too (and that's not including all the 'festive spirit' consumptions)!  Training whilst undertaking a poor diet isn't smart - it's just asking for trouble.  You've got to make sure you're getting the vital food groups and vitamins to avoid tiredness and lack of release in endorphins - remember; when you exercise your body releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy!  We've established that time is of the essence around this time of year, so as applied to most things in the cycling world - plan ahead.  Don't depend solely on protein as your main fuel source -  carbs and fats are your friend, only when these are hard to come by do you depend on a shake.  Fat will slow the digestive process and aid recovery; keeping you fuller for longer. Here's a few bits to add to your next shopping list:  Egg noodles, oats, eggs, lean cuts of meat/fish, Full-fat Probiotic yoghurt (mmm), bananas (your best friend), coconut/almond/cows milk, seeds and nuts mix (not too many, mind!), lentils/beans/pulses provide good quality proteins,  fresh, brightly coloured seasonal vegetables (Butternut squash soup or curry to warm up with after a winter ride) and brown rice/pasta. Now, the when to eat bit.  You should probably avoid the usual McDonalds or local pub stop.... But who am I to ruin a good ride!  Honestly though, it's not a conductive way to achieve great health...  The general rule is carb load before your ride - big lunch if you're at work, or hearty dinner at home - wait an hour or so before hitting the road and hey -presto you're good to go! Remember your recovery fuel and gels - they'll balance out your electrolytes - we've got plenty of back pocket munchies you can make and take with you on our Pinterest page.  Seriously - they're to die for!  I'd go riding more, just for an excuse to keep eating. Tips: Eat and drink up until you are home from a ride. The body can only utilise a small amount of protein every two hours therefore, keep protein intake small and evenly spaced throughout all daily meals/snacks. It’s cheaper, less time consuming and healthier to arrive home from a ride and have a glass of milk (ideally semi-skimmed or full-fat) and a banana/flapjack to aid recovery until your next mealtime than buying a protein shake. Staying well hydrated with water, only use sports products alongside water during training and minimal caffeine intake when not competing. You might also be interested in some seasonal and not so healthy recipies!    
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  3. Winter Cycling Training

    Winter Cycling

      With the mornings less refreshing to wake up to and the night's drawing earlier and darker, along with the erratic changes in weather, this is enough to signify that Winter is officially - non officially here.  The constant battle between sunny showers and gale force winds make riding your bike outside feel like a gruelling chore.  Fortunately though (if you're not in Scotland), not every single winter day brings bad weather and with the right forecast and plenty of preparation it's not all doom and gloom. We'll give you enough of reasons to pluck up the courage to take on the elements and avoid slipping away to the turbo set up; while static training is viable enough, it doesn't ever feel as satisfying as challenging outdoor ride... First things first - safety!  It doesn't matter whether you're a seasoned pro and have a dedicated winter bike, or if it's the same trusty bike you use all year round, you have have have to get it serviced!  Subtle changes such as re-greasing and new or tightened cables will make the world of a difference when it comes to comfortable riding.  It might seem a bit  counter intuitive as your bike will be subject to copious rides through rain, mud, grit and snow, but having a bike that’s in the best working order creates a massive impact to your riding capability during the unpredictable season.  Plus, if you've ever had a mechanical out in  the sticks during the winter months, you'll know how soul destroying it is trying to fiddle around and fix things when your fingers are frozen still and about to fall victim to frostbite. Don't be chilly, wrap your... Let's take a look at winter kit - we're going to presume you have the right kit to wear because you'll have ready our Autumn/ Winter Gear blog, righhhhht...? It's also good to note, that with a trusty base layer, as with the layering of clothes that you can't avoid, you're bound to work up a sweat no matter how cold the air is.  A good quality base layer will help regulate your body temperature and wick away moisture from the skin to ensure a comfortable ride and avoid any chance of catching a chill. Now you’re ready to ride, but how far and how fast? The two biggest questions debated by cyclists at this time of year. But there's no real right answer to us, this decision is going to be made based on your goals, current fitness and motivation (or lack of).  It will generally go one of two ways: For improving your endurance, winter is arguably the best time.  Riding long and hard will help build a strong fitness base for when Summer eventually comes back around; you'll be ready to put plenty or road miles behind you.  Orr, there's the later of the two - regular short rides, this will improve your overall speed and you'll avoid most wind chill and rain! Whatever the weather, whatever the ride, don't forget to enjoy it with a post ride tipple of your favourite dram.  After all, the festive season is just around the corner after all...   You might also be interested in LEJOG Challenge...
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  4. Scottish Enduro Series RND 1

    Enduro Scene Thrives

    3rd April, 2018   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. SES HEATHER GREY SCREEN PRINTSES 2018 T-SHIRT SCRENN PRINT  
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  5. Fraser McGlone: on the Downhill World Cup Circuit

    Fraser McGlone:

    Talks Downhill World Cup and Training

      FRASER MCGLONE BLOG HEADER 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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  6. Gear Up for Warmer Weather

    Lightweight Cycle Clothing

    06th March, 2018   GEAR UP FOR WARMER WEATHER - blog 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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  7. Cycling in Ireland

    Cycling Routes in Ireland

    cycling in ireland blog1 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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  8. 2018 Road, MTB, Enduro and Gravel Events

    2018 EVENTS

    2018 Road, MTB, Enduro and Gravel Events

    9th Mar, 2018 AHHHHH!!  I don't quite know if I'm screaming in disbelief that 2018 is already 39 days in!  (I should not have Googled that...  I should not have done that...), or if it's because we're so freaking excited about taking on the world this year,  one pedal at a time!  I think maybe a little of both. Is it just us, or does it just keep getting more full on every year?  So far, almost every weekend on the 2018 calendar, from March until October is filled up and over lapping with a mixture of multi-discipline sports and various cycling and MTB/ Enduro events.  You'll need to decide carefully which events you want to tackle, because unfortunately - you can't do it all. That means we'll any minute now, be running around like headless chickens to get you lot kitted out!   New machines, mass printing jobs, new events to add to the workload and night shifts to finish the workload! Hhaha, it's certainly character building, but we wouldn't have it any other way. POC Scottish Enduro Series No Fuss Events - you know their stomping ground, Fort William?   The Outdoor Capital of the UK...  Yeah, well EWS announced 2 weeks ago that the final round of the EWS European Continental race will be hosted right there!!! Gnarly or whaaaaat!  SDA, EWS and Muckmedden  - (side note: in October the UK's ONLY EWS Qualifier event is being hosted at the Fair City Enduro) have now all officially  released their event dates and information.  Spaces are already filling up - but we're ok watching from the side lines.  We're very happy to have the opportunity to work with each of these event organisers again for another year.  While we're announcing the incredible event changes this year, we ma as well let you know that we're so stoked to announce that we're the manufacturers of Amstel Ride London for the second year in a row now too!    
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  9. Rural, Rough (enough) and Rest Assured UK Cycle Routes

    UK Cycle Routes

    08th Feb, 2018 With cycle season just about in sight, we imagine you're already planning some  gallivanting with your bikes this year!  Charity rides, training and 'just for funing', so we had a wee nosy at some of the best cycle routes in the UK that are traffic free, long distance and right up your street!
    1. LEJOG
    Located in the rugged tips of South-West England, lies the first leg of the route!  Take a leisurely pedal, or give it yaldi on each route, but don't be fooled - it covers over 960 miles, of trail - total.  Whatever  you choose, do it in moderation, you don't want to burn out.  Though there are no rules or restrictions, it is not for the faint hearted.  On average it takes around 9 days to complete (around 100-130 miles a day) - I can feel my legs screaming as I type this!  And it doesn't treat you well to begin with, as the steep climbs are immediate!  The statutory route is usually as follows: Lands End to Okehampton, Okehampton to Bath, Bath to Ludlow, Ludlow to Haydock, (now you're halfway) - Haydock to Penrith, Penrith to Hamilton, Hamilton to Fort William, Fort William  to Kyle of Sutherland and lastly, Kyle of Sutherland to John O'Groats! 2.  Lake District 140 miles of Lakes and the Pennies; this journey is probably the most ridden route of all, passing from Whitehaven to Sunderland.  It's challenging, but worth the reward!  There's picture perfect views and beaches! 3.  North Sea Scotland Hmm, I'm not sure many of you will do this 'just for fun'...  I recommend you pack a hip flask or 5 and make it the strong stuff!  This cycle route covers around 3,500+ miles!  Surrounding 8 countries!  It's just sounding worse, AHHH!  You'll be part of a small bunch who can say they were bad ass enough to complete it though!  Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England and Scotland are the countries you'll scoot through and take your time while you're there, say cheers to a beer and put your feet up, munch on a German hotdog and take in the breath-taking views - you'll be back in Scotland before you know it! 4. East Anglia This route isn't so risky, popular amongst  beginners or for time restricted rides.  You'll dilly dally from Fakenham to Harwich (163 miles). 5. Hadrian's Cycleway 174 miles on your 2 wheel, leg powered machine! This route is famous for the countryside views, coastal routes and the historic Roman Forts. 6. Tweed Cycleway A short (ish), downhill sweep covering approximately 89 miles from Biggar to Berwick-upon-Tweed.  You'll have a peaceful run through quiet lanes, villages and forest trails. 7. West Country Way This is a biggy!  Routing a total of 252 miles through Cornwall to Somerset - don't worry though, you'll have plenty of opportunities to stop for pasties and cake to fuel up! 8. Devon Coast to Coast Last, but certainly not least, this route will take you 102 miles around Plymouth beaches and Dartmoor National Park.  Following back roads and country lanes, this route is ideal for novices and families  - the wee jaunt will only take the weekend, so there's plenty of time to explore the beaches and the local life. 9. The Yorkshire Dales (bet you just said it in the accent like I did!) haha. Dramatic landscape and beautiful views all around, this is a route that you can’t miss out on!  It’s a perfect rural retreat for a leisurely pedal or for some uphill training instead – you can start as you mean to go on too; because there’s plenty of village pubs and cafes to choose from and incorporate into your pit stops.  You can check out the various routes and edit to suit, right here.            
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  10. Strathpuffer 2018!

    PUFFER MTB

    Strathpuffer 24h MTB Event: Another One Bites the Dust!

    01st Feb, 2018 So it seems after last years antics the guys over here at TCJ  aren't taking on this year's puffer  -  I don't blame them, I mean, they  have done 7 in a row - absolute nutters, if you ask us!  With 14 laps covered in 12 hours between the 3 brave souls - Brian, Frazer and Lindsay, they decided amongst themselves it was best to call it a night and have a well deserved nightcap.  With it possibly being the sketchiest trail, in all the teams race history, they didn't want to be down and out for the upcoming season This years puffer event is right around the corner and all bodies are in full preparation (for both the ride and specific beverages which follow)! There's noting better than starting off the new year, by putting all that hard work and training to the test.  The guys let loose in the mountain terrains of the Scottish Highlands, in what is described as one of the top 10 Mountain Bike events in the world!  After all, it's only 17 hours of darkness, winds that blow a hooley and rain no more than an average day in Scotland..  Nothing they can't give a good old bash! It's got the blood pumping and the brains ticking over at TCJ headquarters - keep your eyes front for some regular updates and quality stock to follow. The Strathpuffer started in 2005 - it was meant to be a one off local event but somehow THIRTNEEN (ooooh, unlucky for some..)  years later it has become a national event with a legendary status Over the years there has been every possible type of weather conditions - gales that blew away marquees, iced roads, 2ft of snow the week before the event, temperatures down to minus 10 degrees, rain, hail and even sunshine . . . . you get the picture but then if there's going to be a 24 hour event in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of winter what can you expect! Don't forget to have a look at the official merchandise that's available at this years event; it's pretty gnarlyyy!   STRATHPUFFER HOODY -bk STRATHPUFFER HOODY - fr  
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ABOUT TCJ

High quality digital printing technology has evolved over the years and we have the facility to utilise it to the max. So we use it unlike most others! Initially to produce our own cycle jerseys, mainly for races, enduros and just plain fun. Most of all we just wanted something different to wear on the trails that subtly whispered our likes and dislikes, our joy of the sport and desire to be creative with it.

Trouble is, we kept getting nagged for jerseys from friends and fellow riders......It didn't take much of that to realise there was a demand for these quirky and limited edition designs we were wearing, so it began to dawn on us that we should go for it. Go large. Thanks to the help and encouragement from the fine companies you see in the following pages, we finally got ourself together and brought our designs to the public at large - and created TheCycleJersey.com ...Read More

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