Covid-19 has killed the club ride!

Well, it’s official. The Coronavirus has killed off the club ride. Okay so maybe that’s a slight overstatement, but it’s not far off the truth.  In a statement released earlier, Cycling Australia have recommended that; “all organised club activities that involve close contact be suspended.” The statement goes on to advise; “If riding two abreast,…

Cycling and politics – never the two shall meet!

I was tapping out the blog post below, when I scrolled through my subscribe feed and saw that Big Jim had also covered the subject. Oh well, like minds I guess! ——– The club ride is a sacred place. One where you get on your bike and simply ride. You leave the world behind. Leave…

Sorry boss, can’t come in today. Gotta ride my bike!

Having built up enough time in lieu recently and it being somewhat quieter at work this month, I decided today was as good a day as any to cash in those hours and get out for a proper weekday ride! Not a short pre-work or after-work spin, but a longer ride in the sunshine complete…

Road cycling: How fast is fast enough?

It’s late into the group ride and we’re on the home stretch, that time when we ramp up the pace and drive it home to the cafe. I roll onto the front – the bunch safely tucked single file behind me – and little by little I wind on the power. We’re cruising at 30kph,…

Your local cycling club needs YOU!

I’ve just renewed my Woking Cycling Club membership for another year. I haven’t been in the UK for coming up on two years now and I have no idea when I’ll be back, but I’ll always be a Woking CC member. I’d buy lifetime membership if they offered it. From half a dozen guys meeting…

CLC2018 Ride 1: Hundred with The Herd

A cracking Saturday morning down here in Tassie so I planned to make up for last week’s disaster of a ride. With the sun still sleeping below the horizon as I unloaded the bike out of the car, I could tell today was going to be another perfect day for cycling and to bang out…

The most important metric to measure when cycling

Average speed? Distance? Elapsed time? Total time? Elevation gain? Strava segment times? Average HR? Average power? Normalised power? Training Stress Score? Nope… The most important metric to measure the success of your ride is … the width of the smile it puts on your face! Even the ballistic fast guys (Big Jim) and the epic…

A perfect Sunday cafe spin!

After almost a year in Tassie I finally managed to meet up with a local rider. Paul lives in the next town over and I’d initially found him through Strava, as we swapped KOMs back and forth a few times when I first moved to Tassie, then crossed paths out riding on our own. More recently…

How does the real Box Hill compare to the Zwift version?

It’s a question that comes up quite a lot in the Zwift community! How does the real Box Hill compare to the Zwift version? Will riding London Loop on Zwift help me train for Ride London? I’m lucky enough to have ridden both climbs numerous times with the same power meter (a very reliable PowerTap…

Flash of the badge

Alongside the very real gift of fitness, all of the Woking CC club members who get out and complete the Metric Century Challenge each year receive a very nice cloth badge to celebrate the achievement. Thanks Steve for posting mine out to Australia! It’ll take pride of place next to last year’s badge! #keepcycling

2016 Woking CC Metric Century Challenge

The Woking CC Metric Century Challenge is a monthly challenge that encourages club members to get out and ride their bikes further and more often! The rules are simple enough. Clock up one 100km (or longer) ride each month for 12 months. Virtual rides do not count. The ride can be as fast or as slow…

2015 Metric Century Challenge

Last weekend we had our club Christmas Party and Awards Evening to celebrate the year’s achievements. A fantastic evening and gets better every year. It’s been incredible watching the club grow from a half dozen guys meeting up on a Sunday morning to around 200 members! A dozen elite level Woking CC athletes! (I am…