Manchester to London by R872

After I started cycling by buying my first bike the Ribble R872 last July, I’ve been hooked by the sport. I tried to regularly go out at evenings and do the cafe rides at the weekends, sometimes finding it hard to fit into my schedule. I’ve always wanted to race or join a sportive ride, but never committed to the challenge. It was February of this year when the Rapha Manchester to London ride was announced, it took a few weeks for me to run through my head the challenge I faced.

Whilst never completing a 100 mile ride before, the challenge of riding 220 miles in the day wasn’t going to be easy. I eventually took the plunge and signed up for the event in March, after my girlfriend insisted it would be a good idea. The fee of £150 seemed a lot at the time, but the whole organisation throughout the event was second to none.

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UCI Road World Championships – Ponferrada, Spain

Ponferrada UCI World Road Championships


Here is the schedule for the upcoming UCI Road World Championships in picturesque Ponferrada, Spain. Plenty to look forward to and keep track of, with the world’s best time triallists and road racers in action.

Saturday 20th September
Time Trial Training

Sunday 21st September
UCI Men Team Time Trial
UCI Women Team Time Trial

Monday 22nd September
Women Junior Individual Time Trial
Men Under 23 Individual Time Trial

Tuesday 23rd September
Men Junior Individual Time Trial
Women Elite Individual Time Trial

Wednesday 24th September
Men Elite Individual Time Trial

Thursday 25th September
Road Race Training
Junior Conference

Friday 26th September
UCI Congress
Women Junior Road Race
Men Under 23 Road Race

Saturday 27th September
Men Junior Road Race
Women Elite Road Race

Sunday 28th September
Men Elite Road Race

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Can you recommend a comfy saddle??

If I had a pound for every time someone’s asked me that when advising on them on the specification for their bike build…I could possibly have started my own Pro team or at least opened my own bike shop!!

Unfortunately there is no simple answer, everyone is different with a different body shape and even more unfortunately when you do decide on one you won’t have any idea until you’ve tried it. I know plenty of riders that swear by a certain saddle and will not fit anything else to any of their bikes, I would be very wary however of listening to other riders’ opinion, plenty will have a recommendation but saddles are an entirely personal choice and finding the right one for you can be down to trial and error.

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Handlebars – Explained!

Handlebars – So many choices!

Which choice is right for you though? Not only are there different models from a range of manufacturers, there are very different shapes of bars. Consider them as almost entirely different as each is specialised towards helping you achieve a different goal. So we’ll go through the various styles and hopefully help steer you towards the one you need.

Aero Bars

Ribble Cycles Aero Bars

Aero bars are designed to maximise the aerodynamic profile, and they achieve this through flattening out the top bars into an almost wing like shape. The aerodynamic gains are offset by a slightly less comfortable experience when riding on the tops. Aero bars are available in traditional, ergo and compact shapes form most manufacturers.

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