A celebration of simplicity: the Maratona Dles Dolomiti, Veloforte, and all things Italian

In the face of a world where we have watches that can control our fridges, multiple screens bombarding us with messaging, and computers that can analyse our speed, cadence, heart rate and power output for any given second of a bike ride, Italian culture remains staunchly simple. Through the ages, Italian culture has celebrated simplicity. …

An Ode to the High Road; a reflection on Haute Route Alpe D’Huez

Haute Route, famed for their brutal seven day stage races / sportives, launched their new concept three day events this year, and I rode the first in the calendar – the Haute Route Alpe D'Huez. OC Sport nailed the route. It perfectly caputured all the different facets of the mountains that makes me so love …

When Camps Collide: An idiot’s guide to Europe’s training destinations

I've been lucky enough to visit four of the main areas used as winter training destinations in Europe by both pros and weekend warriors in the last 15 months.  So, here are my throwaway comments, insights and tips on the four big hitters of the training camp world: Gran Canaria Tenerife Javea (nr. Calpe) Mallorca What follows …

The highs, lows, lessons and loathes of 2016. An interview with, ummm, me.

Well, everyone else is doing it and I know that you're desperate to read another self-indulgent piece about some random, very average amateur's 'season', so I thought I'd better keep the baying crowds happy. I managed to grab 20 minutes for a coffee and chat with, umm, me, to find out my thoughts on the …