2021 Resolution Ride #09 – Down country

Spring is (almost) in the air, the days are getting lighter and brighter! What better way to spend a few spare hours than in the saddle of a fast bike. This month’s metric century was a variation on the regular Tuesday Bash “Flatlandria” ride, traversing down the South Arm and into the countryside by the sea.

Gravel. It’s STILL so hot right now…

Gravel. It’s no longer the terrain of bearded, sandal wearing introverts who shun society. These days it’s the hottest trend in “road” cycling. All the Rapha clad hipsters are turning their slightly knobby road tyres off the bitumen and onto the unsealed unknown. I’ve never been a huge fan. I love the road. There’s nothing…

The end for Shimano mechanical groupsets?

After a high end mechanical groupset? You’d better get in and buy your groupset quick! Today Shimano unveiled their new 12-speed Dura Ace and Ultegra groupsets – in electronic Di2 option only!

Just a reminder to WASH YOUR BOTTLES!

Been neglecting your bottle hygene over the summer? I know it can be a bit of a chore, but please wash out your bottles as soon as possible after a ride. This is especially important if you mix any sort of energy drink into your water. Sugar plus warm, moist conditions are a recipe for some pretty nasty growth!

2021 Resolution Ride #07 – Late entry

This one almost got away from me! I’ve been a bit slack with the longer endurance rides this month, mainly because I’m just a little bit over the cold, damp mornings. Almost all of my metric century rides previously have been done and dusted well before lunch, but for July I didn’t leave the house…

Which FTP test should you do?

There are a number of ways to measure your FTP (functional threshold power) with many professionals, training platforms and keyboard coaches extolling the merits of each one. They all of course have their advantages and disadvantages, so which one is for you? Below I’ve outlined the four most popular FTP tests, going from shortest duration…