I have the cycle touring travel bug! And I’ve got it bad. I didn’t think I would get bitten quite so badly; I’m a road cyclist really; it’s always been my true cycling love – getting out on the open road, challenging myself and feeling some improvement in my fitness levels and abilities. But since my return from Catalunya, I’ve spent some part of nearly every day researching my next cycle touring travel destination, dreaming of cycling in places I’ve never cycled before, surrounded by mountains, seas, vineyards…
Cycle touring can be extreme – some people love it so much they travel across continents – or it can simply be a weekend in the UK or a few weeks holiday in Europe. Exploring your favourite countries by bike adds a whole different dimension to your travel adventures and your cycling experience. Cycle touring is far less competitive than road cycling. There are no strava segments to worry about, no assigned ride speeds, no competitive feelings about who is riding the best bike with the best components, or wearing the best kit. Cycle touring is purely about exploring the country you’re in and enjoying your time on the bike. I like that concept. I like it a lot. (more…)
Ask anyone who sees me out at the moment and they’ll tell you just how often I’m wearing this red Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie, a soft shell jacket which is packed with great little features.
Before I start, you can probably already tell this is going to be a positive review; and then you may well ask why you don’t see many negative reviews on OCG. In case it’s not obvious, the items reviewed on Ordinary Cycling Girl are sent to me by the manufacturer, distributor or PR. I don’t receive payment for writing reviews. The truth is, there’s not a lot of fun in writing negative reviews about products that are far from impressive. I receive quite a lot of clothing for review purposes and in the main, I like much of it. If I do, you’ll find a write up on here telling you exactly why it’s worth spending your hard earned cash on it. It’ll be an honest and unbiased review. If there are any bad points I’ve found I’ll certainly tell you, but if it’s featured on Ordinary Cycling Girl you can be sure that overall I’ve liked it.
So, what’s great about the Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie?
I’ve been wearing this windproof, waterproof jacket for a couple of months now and since Autumn has arrived it’s really come into its own. It’s a multi purpose jacket so it’s rarely been off my back and I’ve been wearing it to anything and everything, not just for cycling. (more…)
Hello Autumn! And yes, winter, I can see you’re not too far behind. The clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in. Hibernating is an option, and as tempting as it may be, there is still a lot of fun to be had during the winter cycling season. We just need to make sure we put a little bit more time into our ride preparation.
So, here’s my top tips to ensure safe winter cycling so you can have as much of a blast at this time of year as you can during the summer months. (more…)
On your next visit to Spain, go leisure cycling in Catalunya. It is steeped in culture and history with dramatic landscapes alongside crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches, all calling for you to explore during a two wheeled cycling adventure. I’ve fallen completely in love with the area and I challenge you not to do the same.
If you’re looking a for a holiday with a difference, pure leisure cycling as a couple or to take your children on, this may well fit the bill.
I have some very exciting news today! Ordinary Cycling Girl has teamed up with PedalSure to offer one lucky reader the chance to watch round two of the Revolution Series at Manchester National Cycling Centre.
The Elite Championship gets underway on Saturday 24 October with Bradley Wiggins confirmed as racing. The Olympic champion will lead Team Wiggins and will be looking to start strongly against a whole host of fantastic teams including Team Sky, JLT Condor, One Pro Cycling and defending champions Maloja Pushbikers. Olympic gold medallist, Ed Clancy is also expected to race! (more…)
I know I’ve done a lot of talking about cycling abroad recently and when you read about the fantastic time I had in Catalunya, you can see why. And whilst I definitely want to do more cycling and exploring in Europe, sometimes it’s easy to forget the beautiful cycling we have right here in England. Cycle Southern England launched this week with a brand new website offering a one-stop shop for those keen to cycle on some of the UK’s quietest, and easily accessible, roads and tracks. (more…)
The seasons have changed and it’s getting nippy out there! If you’re anything like me, cycling suddenly feels far, far less inviting and much harder than it did when the weather was warm.
Having just returned from a sunny cycling holiday in Catalunya where the temperatures hit a rather perfect 28 degrees, getting out and cycling in temperatures nearer to eight degrees is taking a little more effort (OK, a lot more effort). Some days I need a good talking to (read that as most days). So, here are the six things I tell myself whilst cycling in Autumn. I say in Autumn; what I actually mean is here is my inner monologue all year around! (more…)
I’m in love. My heart has well and truly been struck by Cupid!
If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Instagram (if not, why not!?), it will come as no surprise that the new love in my life is Girona. It stole my heart from the moment my recent Catalunya Experience with the Catalan Tourist Board began and we stepped foot inside the city walls.
Until this trip, the only place I’d visited in Catalunya was Salou in 1990 something-or-other on a girls’ holiday, the adventures of which, are best left undisclosed (it was a rather messy affair unsurprisingly). I’d heard about Girona – it’s fairly synonymous with cycling – but I’d never visited until now and, well, it has captured my heart. (more…)
Good quality kit is hard to find at low prices, but Aldi seem to hit the nail on the head every time. Their latest Specialbuys value range hits the stores today, so make sure you pop along to your nearest Aldi store to grab some great value winter cycling kit while their stocks last.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak peak at what’s on offer thanks to Aldi sending some items through and I can assure you, there’s some great stuff! (more…)
Travelling solo can feel like a scary prospect. Having just returned from travelling solo on my Catalunya cycling holiday, I can vouch for that. I’m not used to travelling alone; I usually have at least my husband with me, if not the children and I’m not good when it comes to meeting new groups of people. What do you do when you’re faced with a group of a people you’ve never met before? (more…)