New Things for the New Year

Image: Werner Moser via Flickr

Image: Werner Moser via Flickr

When I spoke to Ed Clancy and Yanto Barker recently, they told me I had to commit to a plan rather than wait to feel motivated by one. I find it really hard to get out in the colder weather, let’s say I have felt less than motivated during these colder months. I’ve put a lot of thought into what might change that for me. Warmer kit, definitely. And a healthier lifestyle – like many, I ate and drank my body weight in chocolate and all bad things over Christmas and I have certainly seen the impact of that in my skin and my energy levels.

So January has brought a definite need to commit. And I think I’ve made a decent start with new things for the new year. (more…)

Team Honk & Comic Relief: Are you dancing? I’m asking!

Red Nose Day Danceathon 2015, Team Honk Danceathon

This time last year I was in training ready for a 50km cycle ride from Grantham to Nottingham dressed as Robin Hood. Not something you do everyday but I was part of the award winning Team Honk bloggers for a baton relay all in aid of Comic Relief.

My fellow Nottingham blogger team mates, friends and I endured nine punctures in ice cold wind and rain and were truly exhausted at the end of the day. It took us eight hours in all to complete something which we thought we would have had wrapped up in half the time! We were even too exhausted to eat cake at the end of the day and it took a good few days to recover. I remember the very next day I just wanted to cry – I experienced this massive low and was sooo tired I could barely move. Sounds ridiculous for a 50km ride doesn’t it, but it was like nothing I’ve experienced before. We were on and off the bike riding canal paths that seemed intent on piercing our times every few hundred metres and once we were cold and wet it was so hard to warm up again. But, it was amazing fun – I can say that in retrospect – and the camaraderie was so brilliant that I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. And we were raised an incredible amount of money for some fantastic causes in the UK. I can honestly say being part of Team Honk was one of the highlights of 2014 for me. (more…)

OCG chats with…Le Col founder and professional cyclist, Yanto Barker

Yanto Barker

All round talented guy – professional cyclist, business man and designer, Yanto Barker.

Today, OCG is chatting to Yanto Barker all about his life as a professional cyclist, business man and designer and why it’s important to look good whilst cycling.

Yanto was the highest ranking Briton in the Tour of Briton in 2005. In 2006, he represented Wales in Melbourne at the Commonwealth Games and then, during a retirement period, Yanto developed the Le Col clothing range, kit intended for the ‘discerning rider’. He returned to professional cycling in 2010 to ride for the Pendragon /Le Col/Colnago team and went on to join Team Raleigh in 2014. Then at end of last year, in December, it was announced that Yanto will captain the new ONE Pro Cycling team for 2015! (more…)

It’s time for Jantastic 2015

Jantastic 2015

It’s time for Jantastic 2015

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas. It was a very lovely one here at OCG HQ full of family festive frivolity. I’ve eaten a ton of chocolate, my own body weight in turkey, cheese and Christmas pudding and drank the equivalent of a barrel load when it comes to cocktails, wine and spirits. All in all, while lots of fun has been had, I’m feeling ready to burst and about as a energetic as Santa on Boxing Day.

Cycling Hubby is feeling the same so we’ve decided to sign up for Jantastic 2015. We’ve never done it before but as life has taken over for both of us over recent months we need something to address our motivation and to kickstart our 2015 two wheeled adventures. (more…)

And the winner is….Forme Formeula Road 24

First junior road bike

A big thumbs up from Miss OCG for her new bike!

Christmas has come early for  Miss OCG! She has her first road bike and she is thrilled!

She’s actually had it about two months now, a decent enough time to have tried it out on the road and on fields and she is loving it! And so are we.

So, choosing Miss OCG’s first junior road bike proved a tricky process but the winner is…..the Forme Formeula 24″. (more…)

My Christmas Cycling Wish List 2014

Christmas Wish List 2014

Christmas is just around the corner! Mulled wine is on the stove and the fire is lit. The trees, the fields and the roof tops are all covered with frost. It’s starting to feel very magical! The goose is getting fat and quite frankly it’s a given that I will put on a few pounds over the Christmas period, so what better motivation to get back on the bike on Boxing day (or may be the day after depending on the hangover from the big day) than some stylish new kit – hopefully very kindly left by Santa under the Christmas tree.

Here’s a few of my faves and ones I have on my own Christmas cycling wish list (I hope the big man, St. Nic, is reading this!). (more…)

OCG chats with…Olympic Gold Medallist, Ed Clancy MBE

Ed Clancy MBE

Image courtesy of CCDPR

If you pop by regularly you’ll remember how much fun I had track cycling for the first time recently. Well, as you can imagine, when I was offered the opportunity of chatting to Ed Clancy, MBE at OCG HQ recently, I couldn’t resist! Exciting times at OCG HQ!

Ed Clancy, MBE is an English professional track and road cyclist who races for Team GB and the Rapha JLT Condor-team. A two-time Olympic Gold medallist, an Olympic Bronze medallist and five-time world champion, no less! On the track his specialist disciplines are the team pursuit, in which he is the reigning Olympic and European champion and the new Olympic individual multi event, the Omnium, in which he won a bronze medal at London 2012. (more…)

Keeping motivated with Monster iSport Victory in-ear headphones

Monster iSport Victory in-ear headphonesNormally I like to cycle with friends. I find that’s the best way for me to keep motivated, but now that the colder weather is upon us it’s not always easy to get out on the bike so I’ve been looking for alternative ways of keep my commitment.

I don’t like to wear earphones when I’m cycling out on the road, purely for safety reasons – I like to hear what traffic is around me and to be able to hear any possible hazards – but when I’m training indoors on the turbo trainer music is a must! So the Monster iSport Victory in-ear headphones are a very welcome addition to my training schedule. I was asked to try them out recently during a forty minute turbo trainer session, plugged into my iPhone 4S,  in my garage with the door open on to the street. (more…)

She builds

Build your own bike

Image: Stefan Haehnel via Flickr

 

Ever contemplated building your own bike?

This was a question I asked my other half recently. How many of you have wondered about building your own bike? I’m probably not alone when I look at some bikes and think: “I really like it but If I could only change that bit, and do that with that bit, then I would just LOVE it!”  (more…)

Powered up for Autumn cycling

Autumn cycling

Image via Flickr

Brrrr, it’s been a cold week in Nottingham this week. Give me summer over winter any day of the week. Warm sunshine, blue skies and green trees…just lovely. But this is the UK and Autumn has arrived, so, if I want to carrying on cycling all year round I either need to toughen up or wrap up. (more…)

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