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Winter CyclingWith 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...
Custom Cycling Jerseys for ChristmasWe've pulled together and attached a copy of the latest recommended Christmas 2018 delivery post dates. But as I'm sure you're all aware of - post early to avoid any potential delays. Our personal delivery services are always sent 1st class (UK & International) and won't cost you a penny*! That means you'll receive your cycle jersey the next day*! We wouldn't want you waiting by the door like a little lost puppy, waiting for such an awesome jersey; we know how good it feels ripping the bag and trying on for size. The last chances for us to post to you, will be between 4th-18th December (for Europe & International postage) and for UK delivery, this will be 20th December. Our standard guidelines on delivery for a fully custom cycle jersey is approximately 2 weeks from artwork approval - we would still like to implement this as it covers any potential delays (which never really happens because we're so on point with our work), but we wouldn't want to disappoint. Therefore, we would advise you place your custom order by the end of November - with artwork in print ready format. This allows us to follow our printing and manufacturing process as sleek and quickly as possible. Semi custom jersey orders we can deliver within about a week from the day, your order is placed. Please identify your country of residence to plan for Christmas delivery accordingly. Finally, web orders - they can always be sent next day delivery, on the rare occasion we do not have any in stock, we will notify you immediately and you will receive within 1 week.
Grand Tour Cycling Jerseys30th July, 2018 Giro 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. Tour 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. Vuelta 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... Simon Yates won the 73rd edition of the Vuelta a Espana ahead of Enric Mas and Miguel Lopez - making this the first time, all grand tours in a season have been won by British Riders.
Designing a Custom Cycling JerseyOur bible quote –‘simple is powerful…’ Tips for Designing a Custom Cycling Jersey; the process is simple; we provide the template and you can design your own cycling jersey - however 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:
- Concept is key – why not consider matching custom bib shorts too?
- Think about the angles across all sizes!
- 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.
- 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.
#BeeStrong - We Love MCR Charity Cycling Jersey23rd June, 2017 A 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 charity, 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 here. Please 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.
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)…