The Cycle Jersey Blog
Distillery by Bike: the Islay Whisky TrailNow, 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)
- Distillery Tour: 14:00 (45 mins - £6)
- Distillery Tour: 16:00 or Drop in for a wee complimentary dram (open until 17:30)
- Distillery Tour: 10:00 (1 hour/ 2 drams – £7)
- Tasting options not time specific
- Tour: 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 (1 hour - £5)
- Drop in for a free tasting – licensed after 11:00 (bottles under £200)
- Classic Tour: 12:30/14:00
- Tasting Bar: 12:00 – 15:30
- Full Range Tour & Tasting: 10:00 (1 hour 45 mins/ 5 drams - £20)
- Old Kiln Café (lunch)
- Laphroaig Experience Tour: 14:00 (1 hour/ 3 drams - £10)
- Layers of Laphroaig Tasting: 15:15 (1 hour - £20)
- Core Range Tasting Tour: 15:30 (1 hour/ 3 drams - £15)
- Sensory Tasting Experience: 14:30 (5 drams - £35)
Feis IIe - the Isle of Islay's Whisky Festival3rd 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!
Enduro Scene Thrives3rd 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.
Talks Downhill World Cup and TrainingHey 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. This 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!
Lightweight Cycle Clothing06th March, 2018 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)…
Cycling Routes in IrelandIreland. 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.
Runduro20th Feb, 2018 No Fuss are days away from kick starting their events calendar this year with the first race of the season - the Fort William Runduro (commencing on 24.02.18)! Only 4 years year old, it is growing and succeeding. This multi-stage running event course, ventures around some of the Outdoor Capitals best off road running trails - linking through Fort William and Glen Nevis. The route remained the same for the first 3 years of it's life; 8 special stages linked by 7 transitional stages, with final results based solely on the total time taken for the special stages (approx. 20.1km) and is broken down into stages; each varying slightly, consisting of sharp bends, screaming hill climbs, terrible terrain and sprint opportunities - but this year sees a wee change! Brand spanking new and marking the No Fuss Events Runduros fourth birthday is the short course option; those of this years event can opt out of stages 3 & 4 and crack on through the rest of the 14km route. Whatever your running style, this is something for everyone – the Runduro event is an event which falls underneath the umbrella of the Fort William Mountain Festival; a celebration of outdoor pursuits. TCJ are proud sponsors of various No Fuss events.
Valentines Gifts13th Feb, 2018 Love it or hate it, this particular date (14.02) comes around like clockwork every year – and like many other promotional dates, the hype is getting bigger and bigger. Whether you’re drowning in abundance of chocolates and flowers, or dodging Cupid’s Arrow – don’t forget your truly greatest love – your bike. We’ve gathered some ways for you to ‘woo’ your bike the Valentine’s Day:
- Get Soapy! Whilst the worst of the Winter weather is done with, set some dedicated time aside to focus on the wellbeing of your bike; grit and mud will have taken its toll on your poor bike – so dig out the brushes and some nice smelly soaps and make your bike do a bunny hop with some rough lovin’…
- Get in all the Nooks and Cranny’s… Make your bike rise and shine with a polish to spouse up any scratches.
- Lube it Up! You can never have too much of the good stuff – and it avoids the risk of friction between the pair of you.
- Splurge on It. Go big or go home – or accessories with a little bling; it’s the thought that counts really.
- Listen to It. I know you can hear it, but are you really listening... Don’t be guilty of selective hearing when it comes to any rattles.
- Use Protection. It saves the both of you a lot of cleaning up! Mud guards are a must.
- Dress to Impress! Get yourself a gift; match your kit to your bike this year and show your bike off with some custom complementary kit.
- Take It on a Date. It’s cheap too! Go a for some rumble (maybe not any tumbles) around your favourite trails and top it off with some coffee and cake. Mmmm.
Cycling Jersey ManufacturersSo many people are weary when ordering a personalized custom cycling jersey, due to the cost implication, the risk of potential error - because you can't return custom bike jerseys (when it's your own mistake) and the general result of the printed garment; quality, durability, etc... That's why we thought, it's best to lay all the details on the line and comfort you with the information to help aid your decision to jump in with both feet and design your own cycling jersey and make it something spectacular for your team/ club, event - whatever the reason for some custom kit. Jersey:
- High Collar
- Concealed YKK Zip (available in two lengths): 3/4 and full.
- Sleeves (available in two lengths): short or long
- Lycra Cuff option available on long sleeves
- 3 rear elasticated pockets (zipped media pocket option)
- Silicone Gripper option
2018 Road, MTB, Enduro and Gravel Events9th 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!