Thoughts Every Cyclist has on Christmas Day4th Dec, 2017 1. AHHHHH ALARM FRIGHT!!! 2. Ok breathe, everything's alright. Now, ride time. 3. No wait. 4. It’s CHRISTMASSSSS! 5. Can I still just go for a ride anyway though? 6. I think so. I'll be back in a couple hours. 7. Just get up vverryyy quietly. Like a ninja. 8. Just slowly sneak my kit out of the wardrobe. 9. Oh FFS!! Kids awake. 10. Game over (for now). 11. Let the fun commence - Santa's been, presents now, 12. Ride later? 13. I don't remember buying that? Soo many presents. 14. If I hadn’t bought so many bloody presents I could have been able to afford that kit I’ve had my eye on for months! 15. AND a new helmet. 16. But I’ve been good this year. Maybe the big man has bought me some. 17. Socks. Are you serious? 18. Thaaaanks... Just what I’ve always wanted. 19. There must be more presents later. 20. Presents for me, I mean. 21. First drink of the day, 10am isn’t too early for champers… 22. Plus mixed with orange juice it’s healthy. 23. Pretty much a Smoothie, technically... 24. And it’s made with grapes. So two of my 5 a day. 25. How long does turkey take to cook? 26. Long enough for me to ride while it’s in the oven? 27. Great Escape is on. 28. I’ll just watch 15 minutes, then ride. 29. *two hours later* 30. Turkey time! 31. Great hunk of protein for my evening ride. 32. And pigs in blankets. Good fats. Tasty fats. 33. Fuel me up. 34. FS. Who's washing up? 35. Everyone's avoiding eye contact. That'll be my job then, AGAIN. 36. How is it possible to have used EVERY plate and serving dish in my house? 37. This is where the children come in handy. 38. Mini dish washing slaves. 39. Now… Big decision. 40. Dr Who special 41. Or a bit of Corrie? 42. So gutted I didn’t get that kit. 43. But wait. 44. Is that one solitary present I spot at the back of the tree? 45. It can’t be? For me? 46. *remain calm* 47. Casually open the present. No big deal. 48. YA DANCERRRRRR!! It’s the kit! 49. OK sorry Dr Who. I’m going. Cycling, byee! 50. Need to try out these babies. 51. These are amazing. 51. All my Christmas wishes have come true. 52. I feel alive 53. I’m definitely cycling faster than I ever have before. 54. Actually starting to feel a bit sick. 55. Full stomach. 56. 12 drinks of Christmas. 57. Cycling = bad choice. Complete school boy error 58. One block is far enough. 59. Back to the sofa I think. Puke alert. 60. BEST. DAY. EVER.
Grand Tour JerseyGiro d'Italia This year seen the 100th Giro d’Italia, taking place in both Ponte a Ema and Castellania - the birthplaces of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi. The race will consisted of 21 stages (including 2 added individual time trials for 2017 accumulating a total distance of 62.3km). Tour de France As usual, this incredibly famous event will begin on the 1st July 2017 until 23rd. The 104th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of 3,521km. It will visit 3 of Frances neighbouring countries - Germany, Belgium and Luxemburg. It's broken down into; 9 flat stages, 5 hills, 5 King of the Mountain stages, 2 individual time trials and 2 rest days. This year, the 5 mountain ranges of France are included in the route - this hasn't happened since '92! And wait for it... There's also 10 new city stages | sites, too! Including Dusseldorf (stage 1 ), Nantua (stage 9), Laissac-Severac l'Eglise (stage 15) and Salon-de-Provence (stage 19). Chris Froome is now a four-time title winner of the TDF - the record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. 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 19th, the 72nd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta will consist of 21 stages; 5 flat, 8 hill stages, 5 mountain climbs, 1 individual time trial and 1 team time trial. The final grand tour of the season won't be easy; including stages like the Angliru on the penultimate day, is the most prominent - and don't forget a nice 30km climb in Sierra Nevada too. It's any general classification riders race this year; with various amendments from stage 10 (Caravaca Jubilar to El Pozo Alimentación) to stage 16 (time trial).
We noticed a lot of you are desperate for a Yorkshire cycling jersey so we've come to the rescue and done what we do best - design a cycle jersey!! If you're doing the Maserati tour de Yorkshire ride at the end of the month, there's still time to get one from our website. The 3rd edition of this famous Tour de Yorkshire will commence in just 10 days! Accumulating a total of 304 miles over 3 stages (1 a day) and this year, riders get to experience all 4 corners of the county - including previous Tour de France routes. With teams and riders announced, you can expect a spectating audience of approximately 2 million people. Here's how it works: Stage 1: 173 km, 3 climbs and 2 sprints Beginning at Bridlington Spa, riders will head to Poklington for the first of the stages intense sprint. And if that wasn't hard enough, it's straight into the first 2 King of the Mountain climbs (Cote de Garrowby Hill & Cote de Goathland), before a 'leisurely' coastal pedal to recuperate the legs before 1 more wee climb, into the final sprint into Scarborough for the legendary finish along the North Bay. Stage 2: 122.5km, 1 climb and 2 sprints Slightly less gruelling than stage 1, but don't let your guard down! Men and women will face the exact same stage - starting in Tadcaster. The first sprint is up for grabs at Knaresborough. The only climb of the stage takes place on Cote de Lofthouse, leading to Ripon for the last stage sprint; which leads to Harrogate (Parliament Street), where all the action will happen. Stage 3: 194.5km, 8 climns and 2 sprints. Aw mann, this hurts to read, never mind tackling it! The start line briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley -in -Wharfedale before heading into the famous Yorkshire Dales. The first of 8 climbs begins in the town of Skipton, second on the cobbled terrain up Haworth's main street - leading to climbs 3 and 4 taking them to Cote de Shibden Wall. This will certainly crack the initial foundation of the rider peloton, so there's one last sprint before a torturous 22km of constant climbs - eventually finishing at Fox Valley.