Heart Health in Endurance Athletes: What’s up, Doc?

As endurance athletes, we can put a LOT of stress on our hearts. Having previously decided to get a full heart and health check to know if there are any underlying issues, I booked my appointment with the GP and was all set to get the ball rolling on my heart health journey…

Five beginner running tips for cyclists

Most people tend to go from running to cycling, a relatively easy progression. Picking up running after years of only cycling is far harder and can introduce a few challenges. If you are thinking of giving running a go (and are otherwise a healthy individual) I would encourage it! Here are five tips for the avid cyclist who may be about to embark on the “beginner runner” journey…

Heart Health in Endurance Athletes: Part 1

My Dad had a major heart attack at age 49. I’d knocked off work early that day so was at home to call the ambulance. Otherwise he likely would have died alone on the floor, or at best sustained permanent, life-changing damage. As endurance athletes, we can put a LOT of stress on our hearts. Of course this is a positive thing in good measure. Giving your heart a workout builds a strong heart! But what if there are any undiagnosed heart conditions lurking in the background? And is there a point where the sheer volume of high-stress endurance work is simply too much?

Late to the Disc Brake party

Disc brakes on road bikes have been around for a number of years now and have “matured” a lot in that time. Almost every single team in the Professional Peloton is 100% on discs and many manufacturers are no longer producing rim braked bikes. Even the new Shimano 105 Di2 electronic groupset is disc brake only! Rim brakes on high end road bikes are dying and there’s no two ways about it.

Café ride with “friend of the club” Rebecca Charlton!

Sigma Sports and Matt Stephens (ex pro racer and former GCN host) have produced a series called “The Café Ride” where Matt goes for a ride and a chat with a name from the cycling world. The latest one is with Rebecca Charlton, filmed a couple of months ago when she was pregnant (she has…

2022 Resolution Ride #07 – Proving that metal ain’t dead!

After my recent trip up North to tropical Brisbane, it was a bit of a shock to be back in full fingered gloves, arm and leg warmers. Getting out on the road before sun-up was more of a struggle than usual. The days should be getting longer, but it doesn’t feel like it yet! The…