How to ride on when the mercury tumbles Most cyclists – even the hardcore ones – agree on one thing: Riding in winter is nowhere near as pleasurable as riding in the warmer months and anyone who claims otherwise is a lunatic or a sadist. First there’s the cold; in temperatures lower than 5 degrees, […]
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This is the first in a series of posts written by veteran Bloodwise London to Paris riders, for new riders looking to get started in training and planning for an L2P ride. Got something else you’d like some advice on? Give us a shout out in the comments below. “It never gets easier. You just […]
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Karen Tostee (and others), racing for Hub Velo CC at the Full Gas Winter Criterium series, Lee Valley Velopark, January 27th 2018.
The old man considered me carefully, sizing me up, his face a map of time. He looked me up and down, taking in my pale skin, my dust-spattered face, my shabby cycling gear, noisy cycling shoes and looked briefly over my shoulder at my fellow riders who were trying to form an orderly queue behind me. […]
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Minimum-maximum Beats per minute Minimum-maximum Beats per minute __________ Photography by Damien DeBarra © 2017. Image of Calvin Cheung, riding for Hub Velo. Taken at the London Velodrome, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Lee Valley. Lyrics from Elektro Kardiogramm by Kraftwerk
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Now look up, look up higher and see It’s not as hard as you figured it would be Now two tons, two tons lighter Agreed, now, if it’s all right with you, then it’s all right with me And up on the hill is where you find us And up on the hill that […]
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You know we’re sinking
We could fade away
I’m not going down
The air is so cold here
Too cold to see
We have to take cover
Way up here with the Northern lights
Beyond these broken bars
I pictured us in another life
Where we’re all super stars
Photography by Damien DeBarra © 2017
Lyrics from Cover Me by Depeche Mode
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There’s a fire
In my veins
I will say it
There is so much love in me
Photography (c) Damien DeBarra.
Lyrics taken from So Much Love by Depeche Mode
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Hello again. So, yes, we’re cycling from London to Paris. Again. This will be my third year taking part in the Bloodwise London to Paris bike ride. It starts September 14th from Eltham Palace in London, arriving at Dover that evening. One ferry trip later, the group arrives at Calais in France. Day two sees […]
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Day 3: 15 mins of meditation using the Calm app.* Stop me if you’ve heard these before: ‘Follow your breath.’ ‘Say to yourself “I am breathing in. I am breathing out”.’ ‘Focus your awareness on your breath.’ ‘Your breath is your anchor; a safe harbour you can return to during the day.’ Personally, some of […]
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