I hate Sundays. As a kid they were always the day of the week we did nothing. They can be the dullest day, but just over a week ago I had the best Sunday ever…spent with two lovely British Cycling coaches learning some new track cycling skills! (more…)
The lovely Le Col Sport short sleeve women’s cycling jersey where, in reality, the sleeves aren’t that short and are just perfect!
About Le Col
Le Col is a cycling apparel brand established in 2009, for men and women set up by Welsh professional Team Raleigh rider, Yanto Barker. The Sport collection is the most affordable range from Le Col, but it’s certainly not a budget range. You might be forgiven for not being overly familiar with the brand Le Col – it’s not in your face or overtly out there, but it’s definitely a brand you should be checking out.
Le Col say they are ‘committed to delivering the finest products, meaning all their apparel is rigorously tested before being put into production. The personal input and critical eye on all aspects of the brands products and services sets Le Col apart from other cycling brands.’
I personally think it’s a really stylish brand. I love the simple design, the logo and the lettering. And their colours are pretty cool too. This particular top comes in this lovely bright blue, a vivid yellow and a striking red – all contrasting great against the flattering black to provide some visibility on the road.
Le Col isn’t a budget range; the Le Col Sport short sleeve women’s cycling jersey is the cheapest in their range and retails at £80. (more…)
Back in March I read this article in the Guardian about musician and singer, Mary Erskine, and how an evening bike ride in Richmond Park, London, had inspired her to start writing odes to cycling and to set them to music.
Erskine’s band Me for Queen release their debut album Iron Horse this autumn. It’s an album written about the experiences and feeling of riding a bike, with the name itself being the name of Mary’s bike.
According to the Guardian interview with Erskine, musically she has ‘relished the challenge, and the creatively liberating process of writing around a theme’. (more…)
Today I’m feeling inspired by the wonderful women I ride out with. Sometimes, you have to take the bull by the horns and just do it.
Remember when this blog first started and I posted about the 12 Challenges for 2014 (that reminds me that a full update is well over-due on my 12 Challenges)? One challenge I felt particularly passionate about was: #3 ‘getting more women involved in cycling’. Shortly after this post, I was out riding with a friend who was on a not-so-trusty and quite rusty old mountain bike experiencing her first tastes of cycling. I was talking about how much I love cycling. The sense of freedom, the buzz afterwards and being out in the countryside. Up until that point I had been riding out on my own or with my OH. Riding out on your own has it’s place. Riding out with my OH does too – but that is always a huge challenge as he forgets I’m not one of his male cycling buddies and that I simply can’t keep up with him! (more…)
The one where Miss OCG tries British Cycling Go-Ride Coaching…
Those who are regular readers over here will remember that my six year old daughter, Miss OCG, learned to ride her bike at the end of May after being inspired by the fantastic Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Dani King whilst watching the Milk Race live in Nottingham. Now a few months older and aged seven, she too has the cycling bug. When we went to the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling recently for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, British Cycling were there with a Go-Ride skills course and she gave it a go. Despite the fact it was raining, she loved it and has wanted to do more ever since. So, she recently went along to her first British Cycling Go-Ride coaching day. (more…)
‘Keep moving’ – My lovely mug from Victoria Mae Designs
Before getting into cycling I never used to drink tea all that often but my appreciation of tea has changed. There seems to be something quite special about the tea and cake stop – even if I’m out on my own I’ll find a little cafe to recharge my batteries with a cuppa and a flap jack, or my particular favourite, some yummy lemon drizzle cake. (more…)
Ahead of this month’s historic La Course by Le Tour de France, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is joining forces with key partners including Tour de France organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and UCI Women Road World Cup sponsor The Sufferfest, to launch the Women’s Cycling Week (WCW), from 20 to 27 July 2014. The goal of the Women’s Cycling Week is to grow the profile of women’s cycling at every level via a series of events that will take place throughout the month of July to get more girls and women riding. (more…)
Hooray! We’ve arrived at the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling at Harewood House near Leeds and as they would say here in Yorkshire, ‘by heck it’s windy!
We’re all ready for what promises to be an amazing weekend and we’re ready to watch the Grand Depart leaving from Harewood House tomorrow morning. It all officially kicks off in a matter of minutes at 2.00pm but there’s lots of buzz around the place already. Tents are pitched, caravans are all set and there are so many different types of bikes and riders. My two little one were thrilled by the Pennyfarthing they saw while we sat munching on some lunch. (more…)
You may remember that not too long ago I was out cycling with a couple of others when my friend had quite a tumble from her bike on a corner. After flying through the air, she landed on her back and knocked herself unconscious. That sent myself and the other person I was with in to bit of a panic. After all, it’s not every day you’re confronted with an unconscious friend whose eyes are rolling and who’s not responding. It was a hairy moment I can tell you. I wish we’d had the new St John Ambulance First Aid for Cyclists app intended especially for cyclists. (more…)
Team spirit is a magical thing. Without it, many of us wouldn’t be half the people we are today. The nice thing about being part of a team is that you always have others on your side.
Today myself and my two little ones, I, 7 and S, 3 have been on a family bike ride. It was only a couple of miles around a lake, because at three, and only a month into riding his bike stabiliser-free that’s pretty much all S could manage. The wind started to build and the rain started to fall mid way through our ride and S was all set for giving up. ‘I can’t do it, mummy!” he shouted through tears. I had a huge surge of pride as I heard my daughter shout back to her brother: ‘You can do it! I know you can! I’ll wait right here and I’ll give you a big hug if you can make it a little bit further to me.” That was something very special right there. There was that magical thing. Team spirit. (more…)