During a recent trip to Milan for Red Hook Crit, I visited the headquarters of one of the world’s most pioneering bike brands. My relationship with Cinelli goes back to 2012 when I bought my first carbon road bike, the Saetta (lightning in Italian). This summer I’ve been riding a Cinelli Experience that I built … Continue reading Inside Cinelli Milano
Billed as the mountain bike race on the highest active volcano in Europe, the Etna Marathon is a big draw with the mountain bike community every September. It is preceded by the Etna Marathon Tour, a five-day stage race competed by teams of two that finishes the day before the Etna Marathon. I’ve been MTB-curious … Continue reading Etna Marathon
Everesting – a test of cycling endurance that challenges riders to complete a climb multiple times until they reach the same vertical elevation as the world’s highest peak, 8,848 metres. I’m currently out in Sicily on a work sabbatical. I travelled here by bike, train and ferry with my wife and when we arrived in … Continue reading Everesting Etna
Following a week in the French Alps for the Tour de France, we took a train from Turin to Florence to cycle across three regions and some of Italy’s best wine country – Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Following advice from others who had ridden the area we settled on a route that would take us … Continue reading Cycling Florence to Rome
We started our summer in Europe with a week in the France, staying in the beautiful Clarée Valley. I had signed up to the Etape du Tour the previous November, so when we decided to hit the road for a few months I had to work out a way to go to Sicily via the … Continue reading Getting high in the Alps
With its stunning mountains, endless walking paths and cosy pubs serving proper Cumberland sausage, the Lake District is my favourite part of the UK. My mum grew up in Ambleside in her teenage years, so we have spent many years visiting for walking holidays with family. Earlier this year I started thinking about how long … Continue reading Hikes and bikes in the Lakes
The last time the Giro d’Italia visited Sicily was back in 2011 when Alberto Contador attacked on Mount Etna to take the stage and go on to claim overall victory (later rescinded for due to a dodgy steak). When the full route was announced for this year’s edition I was excited to see the race return to Sicily for two stages; a summit finish on Mount Etna and sprint stage to Messina.
Many fans of cycling make an annual pilgrimage to Belgium in spring for the early season classics; an opportunity to test oneself on some of the toughest sportive routes, watch the pro race and of course sample some final local beers. I've been going to Belgium every April since 2013 and this year I joined a … Continue reading Kings of the Cobbles