Stravanoia

A musing on a social network that can lead to destructive behaviours, and that offers insights into a rider's morale and motivation without them even knowing it. Unless of course you're one of those who just don't care about Strava much...

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 …

Your mojo: A user’s guide

Mojo {Eng, noun, singular}:  Intangible object, sensation and emotion referred to by endurance athletes, to describe their form, lustre and love for the sport. A mental phenomena directly correlated to physical performance and ability. A feeling of strength, speed and effortlessness. Directly proportional to improving fitness and desire to train. i.e.: ‘I’ve lost my mojo’; ‘I’ve got …

Haute Route on the horizon pt.IV: An idiot’s guide to how to prepare – Other Stuff

About ‘Haute Route on the Horizon’ I’ve written up more fully here what all this is about, but essentially I’m trying to provide a little insght into how you can best prepare yourself for an Haute Route based purely on my experience of riding HR Alps 2015, from general riding and training, and from recycling …