Taking part in this years Vélo Birmingham and Midlands closed road sportive? Us too!! Ribble Cycles is the official bike partner of Vélo Birmingham & Midlands and with a team of us riding we thought we should know what’s in store!! We sent Manager of Ribble’s Mailbox store, Ashley Brough, to ride the 100-mile Vélo Birmingham & Midlands route to test it out ahead of the big day – here’s how he found it…Continue reading Vélo Birmingham & Midlands: What to expect on NEW 100-mile route for 2019
Velo Birmingham & Midlands is a closed-road sportive event covering over 100 miles of iconic rural highways and byways in the midlands. To date 17000+ riders have signed up to take advantage of the closed-to-traffic roads. This year the course takes you from Birmingham to Coventry city centres via the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Ribble are once again delighted to be the official cycle partner for this event on Sunday May 12th.
Jamie Burrow is our head of Design here at Ribble Cycles, he and his team of bike experts are responsible for the brand new for 2019 range of stunning Ribble bikes that you now see on our website. Being a former World Number 1 at under 23 level and having ridden as a professional for the US Postal Team cycling team he has a lot of experience to bring to the table.
Jamie was asked to use his in depth experience of training in all weathers and throughout the seasons to offer you his top tips and advice on how to train for such an endurance event and just as importantly how to stay safe whilst doing so.
Unfortunately entries for the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands 100 miler are now closed. However, there are a limited number of spaces available through the lead charity partners. These include; the Alzheimer’s Society, Cure Leukaemia, NSPCC and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity Birmingham. Entries are still possible through the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands CBRE Business 100, which allows companies to enter teams of four riders to unlock VIP training and networking opportunities.
If 100 miles sounds a little too daunting then there is also the recently unveiled 42 mile closed-road cycle taking place on the same day. Places are still available for this event which takes in the countryside between Birmingham and Coventry city centres.
Currently more than 17000 cyclists will be taking on the magic 100-miler and this means plenty of training and preparation will be required. Below Jamie takes you through some of his pro tips and advice on how to motivate yourself when the hours of daylight are short and before the longer days of spring arrive.
“Although cycling in the dark can seem off-putting, finding motivation at this time of year is key to your coming season and sporting goals,” explains Jamie.
” It is currently a trend to keep your winter miles wrapped up in the warm comforts of your own home using home trainers. Just remember that starting at this time of year, things can only get better. You will notice your form increasing along with the longer brighter days tempting you to go that bit further and faster. “
“Keeping dry means staying comfortable and healthy. One of my biggest issues whilst racing as a professional was getting sick easily. The fitter we are, the more it makes us prone to a silly illness as our immune system struggles to keep up. I would always recommend having a rain jacket in your back pocket even if the forecast looks good.”
“With typical UK weather it is so easy to get caught in a shower even just for a few minutes. It’s not even the getting wet that is the issue. It’s staying wet and subsequently getting cold that causes the problem. “
Some of the top tips Jamie recommends are;
- Take a lightweight rain jacket or gilet on every ride, they can then be rolled up and stashed in a back pocket or saddlebag.
- If you stop mid-ride for a cafe stop or refreshment break put on a dry jacket to retain body heat when in wet clothing.
- Good gloves, hat and overshoes are relatively cheap items that can really save your day if the weather turns bad. Although your body usually keeps warm from the heat generated during exercise, hands and feet don’t receive the same amount of circulation. They are directly in the path of cold winds, freezing hands and feet can be one of the worst experiences on a bike.
” With many of us having to fit our winter riding into our daily commute or even after work or school rides we are often forced to take on the traffic as well as the darkness. Staying safe in these circumstances is crucial. Obviously fitting lights to your bike is compulsory but there are a whole host of gadgets, gizmos and accessories to help you be seen and keep you safe.”
- Reflective clothing: Night vision technology is now a common theme in clothing with select panels or even entire garments made from 360 degree, fully reflective fabrics that are activated by car head lights. I’ve been using one of these for three years now and wouldn’t ride without it during my commute.
- Bicycle lights have come on a long way since I started riding, with the now classic but not so powerful Ever-Ready battery-operated lamps being the only real option. We are now looking at USB chargeable, super powerful lights that could easily take on any car headlight with the level of brightness they offer. The best lights available are now graded by lumens, with around 200 lumens an acceptable output for a front light although some manufacturers offer over 2,000 lumens, which is ideal for off-road riding.
- Reflective handlebar tape: Often an overlooked accessory, but good quality bar tape can offer superb grip in wet conditions whilst featuring reflective properties.
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” This can be the least favourite time of year for your beloved bicycle. Rain, snow, salty roads, hidden pot holes are just a few of the elements your bike has to cope with during the dark season. Taking care of your machine will prolong its life span and generally keep it in fit working order like yourself.”
- Check your tyres regularly for cuts and debris, this will significantly reduce the number of punctures you will encounter.
- Run slightly less pressure in the tyres than you would in the summer. On the sidewall of the tyres it will specify a minimum and maximum tyre pressure. In the wet it is beneficial to run them towards the lower end of the range for increased grip and traction.
- Use 3in1 sprays on moving parts such as gears and chain after wet weather rides. (Ideally wash your bike with clean water after all wet rides and then apply 3in1 spray)
- Keep your chain well oiled. This will keep your gears running smoothly especially in wet conditions and reduce the wear on the components.
- Keep an eye on brake pad consumption as wet gritty roads will wear your brakes down faster than dry conditions.
- It’s worthwhile investing in a simple DIY maintenance kit to keep the bike running smoothly and prevent any annoying clicks or creaks.
Sign up for the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands 42-mile sportive, or find out how you can take on the 100-mile event for charity at www.velobirmingham.com
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We have recently released a brand new range of models for 2019, so why not have a day out at the London Bike Show and check out these stunning new additions.
Joe Skipper is fresh off the back of a 1st place in the 2018 Ironman 2018 Event with a finish time of 7:55:34 and we’ve done a Q&A with the man himself.
He gives his thoughts on the event and also the Ultra Tri bike he was riding
Mallorca is an island paradise for cyclists and this is your chance to win an exclusive guided riding break for two with Cycle In Mallorca based at the wonderful boutique L’Hostal Interior Hotel in historic Pollença in October.
RIBBLE In partnership with Cycle In Mallorca
COME AND SEE RIBBLE AT THE NEC CYCLE SHOW AND SAVE 10% ON YOUR TICKETS
Over the last year the Ribble range has been evolving and expanding, we have won awards and received praise from our customers for our exciting bikes and kit.
The annual NEC Cycle Show in Birmingham is one of the occasions where you can touch, feel and admire our complete range and meet and talk to the people behind our bikes, clothing and accessories.
This September, you’ll get an exclusive first look at our exciting new 2018 Ribble range and have the chance to ride our bikes at the demo track.
Because we want Ribble customers old and new to be part of this we have negotiated discounted tickets with the Cycle Show. You can save 10% on ticket prices using our discount code: RIBBLE if you book online.
We enjoyed meeting you all on the stand last September, and we look forward to hopefully seeing you all again this September! We’ll be back in our usual prominent position – you can’t miss us!
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Book before: Thursday 27th September 2018
Don’t forget you can also see the Ribble range at our two showrooms in Bamber Bridge, Preston and the Mailbox in Birmingham.
Vélo South is a brand new 100-mile closed road sportive and, like its successful sister ride Vélo Birmingham, it is being proudly backed by Ribble as official bike partner. The ride is guaranteed to sell out though so you need to act now if you want to ride.
The day of Vélo Birmingham is getting closer and hopefully you’re feeling confident about covering the 100 mile ride distance comfortably.
If you’ve done a decent amount of training and are looking to be fresh and rested for the ride then you really need to ‘taper’ as the day of the ride approaches.
By Jamie Fox
Recently people have asked me “Why did you take up cycling?”
My simple answer would be “for my health”, but let me explain further.
In 2014 I was having a really bad year health wise, the worst I’ve ever had in fact. I’d been in hospital three times and been off sick for nearly a month at a time for every visit plus multiple days off because I simply couldn’t do anything.
I had caught MRSA of the lungs and another bug (the name escapes me at the moment) and just couldn’t shift it or get it under control. The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) that I was diagnosed with at six-months-old was winning.
Another big factor that year was that I was finishing Gene Therapy Trials which I now believe is the reason my lung function had held on for so long because the drugs were helping to my lungs and keep me healthy. In 2013 my lung function had been around 75-80% and gene therapy was doing a really good job, but not long after I had finished the trials I was starting to get sick a lot and my lung function was dropping like a stone and infections were feasting on my lungs like an all you can eat buffet.
By the end of 2014 I was back in hospital for the third time looking for help, looking for answers and getting frustrated with the whole situation. I needed to try to stop my health declining, in hospital I couldn’t breathe and had to be put onto oxygen.
How cycling played its part
I had never felt so ill, so scared and so down mentally let alone physically, this was all new to me. I knew everybody who has CF is different and everybody’s fight is different but this was my first time experiencing this and I was out of my depth thinking I could handle it. I didn’t cope at all, it’s most likely taken me until this year and it was committing to a cycling challenge that played an important part.
It was the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Ride that got me started in 2015 and this year I want up my game even further to tackle an Olympic distance triathlon with the help of Ribble.
During that lowest point three years ago, I sat with the doctor and said, “Once this admission is done I’m going to go away and assess things. I’m going to prove you wrong that this isn’t going to carry on and that I can help my health and my diabetes, if there’s no more that you can do, I want a go at trying something different”. I appreciated that the doctors were trying to help but I think my mindset was that “I’m going to take things into my own hands and I feel this is something I need to do, if the drugs can’t help then let me find out if I can do something”.
But what would I try?!
I had been looking into big, physical challenges where I could maybe try and see if that helped my health. I’d thought about the London marathon but, I didn’t think I could cope with running that distance with my weak left leg. What about a shorter distance? What about walking up a mountain like Kilimanjaro? I had been wanting to go there for a while but I had to be realistic. With 50% lung function walking up a mountain with the lack of air becoming more and more apparent – I wasn’t sure. What could I do?
I could cycle? I could do that. I liked cycling and I could go as fast or as slow as I wanted and it wouldn’t put too much pressure on me (well so I thought, how wrong I was!)
SO cycling it was. It had to be something big, something I would remember forever and know that I had done it starting from nothing. It had to be something I could say to the doctors “See I did it. Two fingers to your complacency”. I was trawling the internet and came across something that caught my eye.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
I came across this ride in simple terms its 100 miles on closed roads through beautiful London and surrey countryside taking in the sights of world famous London. I mean 100 miles is big enough for the challenge to be big, catch people’s attention and maybe few a few pennies for the CF Trust. But firstly I needed a bike.
I was fortunate enough that my partner at the time offered to buy me a bike for my birthday (thank you) in November 2014. It wasn’t expensive, it wasn’t a carbon fibre, ‘go fast’ bike, but it was mine. My bike that I hoped would pedal me to great things. I had no idea how far it would take me and what challenges I would achieve, but I loved this bike from the first day I picked it up.
Starting to ride and falling in love with cycling
I went for my first bike ride a few days later (the picture above is me after my first ride) and it shocked me. I managed a measly six miles, just six miles and I was beat exhausted and my lungs hated me, but I had the bug, I knew I wanted to do this. I fell in love with cycling straight away, Lycra isn’t a fashion statement but knowing your dressed in it sort of gives me a sense of pride because I know I want to achieve something whilst dressed in my cycling gear. Over time I put my training gear on and I know I’m doing it for a purpose, to stay fit, to show others what’s possible and to help the CF trust and hopefully the money raised with help of you lovely people has helped made a difference to others in some way no matter how small.
That day I signed up to the RideLondon-Surrey 100 with the CF Trust and the rest as they say is history.
Since January 2015 I have cycled about 7000 miles and I’ve completed:
- RideLondon-Surrey 100 Bike Ride 2015
- KM Bike Big Ride 50km 2016
- London To Brighton 55 mile bike ride 2016
And I’ve managed to raise around £3,500.00 for the CF trust along the way.
Reaping the benefits
Since I started training at the end of 2014 my hospital fortunes and health have stabilised. I wouldn’t say its improved as such as my lung function hasn’t improved since 2015 but it has most certainly slowed down in its declined and stabilised at around 50 to 55% for the last two and a half years. I am the fittest I’ve ever been even with my lung function and I’m still smiling look ahead to the future and what other challenges I can take on. I won’t lie, it’s been bleeding hard there been days still when I’ve not been able to do anything and my CF has affected me even on good days, but I feel better mentally knowing I’d rather be in pain training than be in pain in hospital or coughing. All the miles, pain, tears and falls have all been worth it.
Since 2015 my hospital visits have decreased massively with two admissions in January 2015 and September 2015. And that is the last time I was admitted to hospital for IV Treatment it’s been 21 months since I had a stay in hospital. It’s not been easy I’ve pushed myself like mad, I’ve still been really sick at times and I’ve still had infections and other problems and bugs have taken their toll on me at time and I’ve swallowed a lot of tablets to fend off sickness but I haven’t had to stay in hospital.
Positive effects of training
All the training has also had a positive effect on my diabetes. I now have much lower levels which I’m still working on to improve and I’ve got it under control and by having a good diabetes control it helps my chest and reduce infections because infections feed off sugar and can turn in to a vicious cycle of problems.
And now you know why I took up cycling, that’s the long and short answer but without deciding to get on two wheels and put my feet on the pedals I have no doubt I would be in that terrible place I had feared two years ago getting more and more used to hospital beds and going insane because I just wouldn’t cope. Thanks to cycling and maybe my stubbornness to prove people wrong, I’m here talking walking and still breathing through my lungs without any further grief.
And what next in 2017?
It had to be another big challenge. I felt it had to be a triathlon, an Olympic distance to be exact. On the 24th September 2017 I’m taking part in the Hever Castle Olympic distance Triathlon to in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust:
1500m swim + 40km bike ride + 10km run
One after the other, all in one go.
Thank you Ribble
I have to give a huge shout out and thank you to Ribble Cycles, I wrote to them this year asking if they could help me at all in lending me a bike and they went above and beyond what I expected. They kindly offered to give me a new bike to help me complete this challenge and my future challenges that I want to take on. The day I visited their new shop in the Birmingham Mailbox was amazing. They are all so lovely, so supportive and couldn’t be any nicer. Their offer of support will never go unappreciated, they have inspired me to keep pushing and wanting to achieve more. Without their help I could never have got a bike like this. So thank you thank you thank you to everyone at Ribble. You are all amazing for helping me and supporting me on this journey and I will forever be in your debt.
Triathlon training commences
I started training in in about October last year nothing too serious, the odd ride, the odd run but I didn’t start swimming until January this year and that’s when I started really upping my training and thinking seriously about attempting a Triathlon. I knew this would be big. The biggest challenge I’ve ever attempted. Hardest thing I’ve ever wanted to finish and the pain and training hasn’t disappointed in challenging me and making me doubt myself that’s for sure.
Training for this has been a whole different world to just biking and it’s getting harder every day. I’m swimming twice a week running twice a week and cycling twice a week plus doing short exercise at home. And not small distances either. I’m now swimming two to three miles every week, cycling 50 miles per week and running about 10km a week at present, I know that may not sound like a lot but I’m still learning still improving and still increasing my distances.
First a Sprint Triathlon
And so far I have managed to complete a sprint Triathlon in April as a practice run but that is nothing compared to the big one and I learnt a lot from that, mostly how hard and painful it is and that was only 250m swim 10 mile bike ride and 3 mile run. That is nothing compared to what I want to attempt.
I now have approximately a dozen weeks to keep training improving and hopefully dodging hospital until the big day. It’s already tough but I’ll write again soon about training progress.
What’s pushing me through this training is my health, my stubbornness and wanting to raise awareness and funds for the CF Trust. This is what inspires me to keep pushing.
These guys deserve a huge thank you for everything they have done for me and I hope to be able to return their generosity one day.
When taking on multistage events, your nutrition and fuelling plan becomes even more important. For a one day event you may be able to just ‘wing it’ but when riding back to back, a bad day on the nutrition front can seriously catch up with you the next day. When taking on such a challenging event, preparation is key.
Studying the event information is always a must before getting to start line. The Crossing, for instance, is three days of off-road fun. The days are long and lumpy and to be able to keep going, paying attention to your nutrition before, during and after is going to be very important if you want to see the finish line in Scarborough and get that well-earned ice cream
To get the best understanding of the diet needed to succeed, Ribble Cycles spoke to Annie Simpson, an expert nutritionist from OTE Sports, to find out what is needed to take on this feat.
Before the event
Your start each day can take place from 7am. Nutritionist Annie Simpson would strongly advise not skipping breakfast despite the early start. Having a meal three hours before you start exercising is the ideal, but in this case it just won’t be practical. Annie advises having breakfast at 6am at the latest as this will allow it time to settle before you set off. Something like a big bowl of porridge is ideal as it is high in slow release carbohydrates to fuel the first part of your day.
Fuelling during the event
Each day on The Crossing you will have one pit stop during the day to top up those energy supplies.
Simpson explains that there will be a whole host of snacks and drinks on offer, but having extra food with you is going to be important too. “Did you know that when cycling our body tends to use our carbohydrate supplies, especially when the going is tough. The only problem with this is out supplies are limited, so if we want to be able to keep to a good pace and not ‘hit the wall’ we need to make sure we keep replenishing these carbohydrates stores.”
Annie confirms that you need to take on board 60g of carbohydrates per hour of moderate to intense riding. Here are Annie’s ideas of what 60g of carbohydrates could look like:
- 500ml of OTE energy drink+ a medium banana
- Medium slice of flapjack + an OTE energy gel
- 2 small cereal bars + a half an OTE Duo Bar
- Small jam sandwich + small slice of flapjack
- 500ml of OTE energy drink + OTE Anytime Bar
“Work out how long you expect to be riding for and make sure you are carrying the means to get through this or at least have some money to stop and refuel with. Remember you will have your Pit Stop to help and there are also unmanned water stations along the way to top-up your bottle.”
Annie stresses the importance of not neglecting hydration. “Did you know: As little as a 2% loss in body weight through sweating has been shown to reduce performance, so don’t compromise your training by forgetting to drink.
“Approximately 500ml per hour should be sufficient or try and stay just ahead of the feeling of thirst. Using products such as OTE energy drink makes for a much more palatable, lighter on the stomach and enjoyable drink, whilst providing carbohydrates and electrolytes too. Dehydration can not only lead to loss of performance but concentration too, and for 3 days of off road riding, concentration is going to be important for riding safe.”
After the event
Simpson stresses that when riding back to back days, nutrition for recovery or re-fuelling is very important.
“As soon as you finish riding each day, don’t switch off, think recovery! Within 30 minutes of finishing exercising the best way to kick start recovery is to consume a recovery drink. This supplies protein to help with muscle soreness, carbohydrates to replenish the fuel stores you have used and fluid to help you get back on top of hydration. Then resume your usual meal pattern as soon as possible. Each meal needs to be high in carbohydrate (aim for around 50% of your plate) and have a portion of protein if you really want to maximise your recovery.”
Annie continues: “Try having a high protein snack before you go to bed, something like an OTE Protein Bar would be great. This can help with reducing muscle soreness overnight and getting you ready for the next day.
“Then it is just a case of repeating this for three days, until you reach the finish line. Start your preparation and planning now to make sure you get the most out of yourself during The Crossing.”
Good luck in your next challenge!
Limar provide helmets to the Astana professional cycling team who during May competed in the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia. The team use Limar Ultralight+ helmets and also have the option of 007 Superlight Aero helmets (below) for time trial stages. Feedback from the world’s top cyclists help Limar develop and improve their innovative helmets.
Stage ten of the Giro was the first of two individual time trials and Astana’s Luis Leon Sanchez impressed taking fourth place wearing the 007 Superlight Aero which helped him average 46kph (28.59 mph) for the 40km stage.
The eventful queen stage of the Giro was stage 16 (Rovetta to Bormio) featuring a double ascent of the Stelvio. Early in the stage the famous Passo del Mortirolo had been named as the “Cima Scarponi” and it was Sanchez who crossed the summit first and moved into second place in the King of the Mountains classification.
Team Astana’s Giro d’Italia was tinged with sadness after the team tragically lost their colourful road captain Michele Scarponi, who was set to lead the team, in a road traffic accident two weeks before the tour started. Astana raced with eight riders and as a mark of respect to Scarponi, they did not name a ninth rider replacement for him.
After winning the “Cima Scarponi”, Luis Leon Sanchez said, “I’m honored to receive this special prize in honour of a team mate, a friend and a great person. I took to the podium but I think it is well deserved by the entire team. Each one of us gave 100% and more to honour Michele.”
The Astana team fought hard throughout the three-week Giro to honour Michele Scarponi and for the young, promising Kazakh rider Zhandos Bizhigitov, in his first Grand Tour, it was extremely hard.
Zhandos finished the queen stage a long time after the winner having raced for over 7 hours: “I’m destroyed, really, really tired!” said the Kazakh. “At the moment I’m just focused on rest and recovery, but it has been an important experience for my future. I’m happy that Luis Leon was able to win the award on the Scarponi climb, it is a very good thing for our team,” he concluded.
Sanchez was perhaps Astana’s stand out rider in the Giro – alongside Dario Cataldo – and for much of the three-week race he was in second place in the Mountains classification, but unfortunately couldn’t catch Sky’s Mikel Landa.
Countdown to the Tour de France
Astana, led by Oscar Gatto, also joined Limar’s other professional team Direct Energie racing at the Tour of Belgium. Direct Energie’s Bryan Coquard won the opening stage sprint wearing an Ultralight+ helmet (below) whilst Sylvain Chavanel narrowly missed out on winning the individual time trial using the 007 Superlight Aero helmet.
Both teams now start their final preparation races ahead of the Tour de France in July. Astana are hoping that their Grand Tour leader Fabio Aru is fully recovered from the injury, which prevented him from racing the Giro, and he can challenge for the top honours in Le Tour alongside team mate Jakob Fuglsang. The countdown begins!
Now that more summery weather is here there are definitely a few more bikes parked in the Ribble bike shed every morning. Do you cycle to work? If you’ve not contemplated cycling to work it really is a great way to start the day, improve your fitness or maintain some base training miles. You can even see how your fitness is progressing if you record and upload your ride to a social website like Strava to compare your riding with friends.
Tips for your cycle to work
- Research your route beforehand as the shortest distance is not always the fastest or most pleasant. You can plan routes in the Strava Route Builder (above) or websites like Garmin Connect, Ride with GPS or Plotaroute and route profiles will tell you how climbing there is.
- Consider having a dedicated commuting bike which you can equip for daily duties. It saves wear and tear on your best bike and you can fit mudguards and lights.
- Variety makes your commute more interesting so try a few different route variations. Ask any cycling colleagues for route advice as they may know some great, less obvious roads or cut-throughs.
Join us on Strava Global Bike to Work Day
Why not join us in making our cycle commutes count on Thursday 11th May by joining the Strava Global Bike to Work Day. Not only will we all be offsetting tons of greenhouse emissions by being pedal powered but our (anonymous) commuting data will be shared with planners worldwide to help improve cycling infrastructure.
All you need to do is make and record a point-to-point cycle journey during Thursday and upload it to Strava as a commute. You will be part of a global event and contribute to a better cycling future.
Here’s how to play your part and join the Strava community
- Log in or create a Strava account here: https://www.strava.com/
- Join the Team Ribble Strava Club here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/TeamRibble
- Join the Strava Global Bike to Work Day challenge.
- Tag your Strava ride on Thursday as a commute.
The hashtag #CommutesCount can also be used on other social media channels in support of a better future for cycling. The challenge is already set to beat the 79,879 worldwide participants in 2016 so make your ride count.
How do you compare?
Strava Insights for the UK show that during 2016 an average of 223,376 bike commutes were uploaded to Strava every week, with cyclists logging an average distance of 13.5km (8.39 miles) and an average of 35 minutes in the saddle.
Bikes for commuting
Versatility and practicality are at the core of the cleverly designed CGR – this is a bike that will not sit idle for very long. With the advantage of disc brakes, a carbon fork, mudguard mounts and pannier carrying capability this bike just ticks so many boxes.
The all-round practicality of the CGR does not prevent it from being a nimble and enjoyable ride and as the bike’s designer says: “We wanted a bike that was comfortable enough to ride every day, efficient enough to ride all day and even agile enough to take off road.”