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    NYERRL : Behind the Scenes

    This week I volunteered at Round 3 of the North Yorkshire Evening Road Race League (NYERRL) which took place in the picturesque village of Sherrif Hutton, North East of York. NYERRL is a series of evening road races taking place over the summer with different local clubs taking the role and responsibility of events organiser. This week, local Leeds cycling club Alba Rosa were in charge. Formed in 2012 the local cycling club affiliated with British Cycling have over 500 members who regularly take part in social rides, chain gangs, training rides, races and sportives. 60 cyclists participated in the road race which saw them tackle a 44 mile route consisting of 4…

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    Thoughts of a newbie road cyclist

    As someone who is still very much new to cycling I think it’s pretty safe to say that I experience quite a few different emotions on a bike ride (Matt would definitely agree anyways) so here are the thoughts of a newbie road cyclist….. 8AM – This is way too early for the weekend.   8:30AM – Coco Pops is a nutritional breakfast right? 9AM – Ok LETS DO THIS. 9:30AM – Mannn my legs hurt already. 9:45AM – Omg can we go home? I can’t do this! 10:15AM – Ok I’m kinda getting better… 10:30AM – Maybe I was being a tad overdramatic earlier….? 10:45AM – When’s cake? 11AM – THANK GOD it’s time for cake. 11:05AM –…

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    Oh hello sun

    We’re allowed to say it’s summer now right? Last weekend was absolutely beautiful so me and Matt decided to take advantage of the glorious sunshine and take the scenic route full of country lanes, green fields and of course sheep! I unusually started cycling in winter so have only been used to gloves and base layers so whilst I didn’t think it when on hills the sunshine was a welcome delight. As I’m still pretty new to cycling my kit is fairly basic so in optimistic preparation a few weeks ago I bought some simple summer additions for my wardrobe which I was very thankful for at the weekend. Sunglasses An absolute must when it’s…

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    Le Tour de Yorkshire

    Le Tour de Yorkshire returned to the great county last weekend for the second time showcasing not only exciting road cycling but the beautiful Yorkshire scenery and of course our ever changing weather! The race which began last year as a legacy to follow on from the highly successful Tour de France in 2014 was spread over 3 days and followed routes from Beverley – Settle, Otley – Doncaster and Middlesborough – Scarborough equating to 519km. 18 men’s teams were represented including British favourites Team Sky and Team Wiggins alongside international Orica GreenEdge and Madison Genesis. Whilst 8 women’s teams competed including Team Breeze, Wiggle High 5 and Team Ford Eco…

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    Beginner’s Guide to the Tour of Flanders

    Last weekend Matt and I were extremely lucky to experience the Tour of Flanders for the very first time in Belgium soaking up the sun, drinking beer, cheering on the cyclists and generally taking in the amazing atmosphere which this race brings! I’ll be sharing with you our time there in a blog post next week but I thought it would be useful to tell you a little bit about the race beforehand. As I must admit I didn’t know a lot & Matt made me do my homework. So here’s a little guide… Otherwise known as Ronde Van Vlaanderen (try say that after a few beers) the Tour of Flanders is…