The Cycle Show Catch Up with Ian Taylor
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In June 2021, one week ahead of the professional race, The Tour 21 team will ride the full Tour de France route to raise over £1m for Cure Leukaemia, the Official Charity Partner of Tour de France in the UK. DONATE NOW WE CAUGHT UP WITH IAN TAYLOR... Who is Ian Taylor?I’m 49 years old, married with two kids – I live in Birmingham and I work for the NEC Group.How long have you been cycling?One of my earliest memories is learning to ride a bike at 4 years old, so I’ve been riding for as long as I can remember. I started racing BMX when I was a kid, rode a mountain bikes in my twenties but for the last 15 years I’ve been entirely focused on road cycling.Why did you choose to take on The Tour 21?To raise money for Cure Leukaemia and help make a genuine difference to the lives of people fighting this disease. We’re aiming to raise £1m for Cure leukaemia’s Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP), a network of specialist research nurses at 12 blood cancer centres located in the UK’s biggest cities. This network enables accelerated setup and delivery of potentially life-saving blood cancer clinical trials giving patients across the UK access to treatments not currently available through standard care.What is your current training schedule?I’m averaging about 15 hours a week currently, which tends to be an endurance ride of 5-6 hours on a Sunday, with shorter sessions of up to a couple of hours throughout the week at varying intensity. I try to make sure I’m riding outdoors at least 3 times a week but indoor sessions are a good fallback and have really helped my fitness during the long winter months.What nutritional guidance can you give to those planning a long ride?I’m not sure I’m the right person to ask, as I’m still learning myself – I tend to make sure I have a good breakfast to top up me energy levels then I eat small amounts during the ride, everything from energy gels, to malt loaf or bagels. I’ve also started using carb based drinks during the ride to help keep the energy levels up.Do you have any tips on making sure you’re energised while you’re riding?Don’t just eat or fuel when you feel hungry – I find it’s easy to lose track of time and go an hour without eating, so it’s helpful to have a plan in advance in your head and try and eat something every 30 minutes. My pockets are bulging at the start of the ride and empty by the end!What bike and kit are you going to be using?I’ll be riding a Specialized Tarmac S-Works that I’ve had since 2018 so I’ve logged thousands of miles on it and I know I can ride it all day long. We’re fortunate to have Kalas as a kit partner for the Tour 21 so they’ve provided us with a fantastic training kit that I’ve been wearing all year and they’re also treating us to a bespoke kit for the actual ride as well. It’s excellent kit that looks and feels top quality and even helps motivate you to train.Which part of The Tour are you least looking forward to and why?On previous endurance rides, there’s always been at least one day when you really don’t want to get on your bike and pedal all day long. Those days are great to look back on once you’ve done them, but it’s really not much fun when you’re doing it. As a team of 21, we’ll be helping each other get through those days and knowing that we’re doing it to raise money that makes a difference to people’s lives will be the best motivation.What time do you think you will complete each stage in comparison to the pros? / What are your target times?For us, it’s not really about target times, it’s an endurance challenge, with every member of the team finishing each day and starting the next one together. Maybe we should go full gas on the time trial stages and see how we compare to the pros – but even on those days we might need our lights…Finally, what are your three-top tips for anyone wanting to complete the tour?– Embrace structured training, it’ll help with motivation, keeps things fresh and ensures you don’t overdo things.– I think there are 3 parts to every event – the preparation, the event itself and then looking back on it. With the Tour 21, the preparation is the biggest time commitment so it helps if you can enjoy the process of training.– Whilst it’s definitely an endurance challenge, the objective is to raise money for a brilliant cause, so whilst I’d say you need a training plan, you also need a fund raising plan! DONATE NOW #THETOUR21 #TOURDEFRANCE #LETOUR Twitter Instagram
Ribble’s #MilesforMovember featuri...
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Chart-toppers The Vamps partner with Movember in epic cycle challenge to raise funds and awareness for men’s health #MilesForMovember BRITISH rockers James McVey and Brad Simpson of The Vamps are tackling an epic cycling challenge on the 22nd November to raise funds for leading men’s health charity, Movember. Fresh from the release of their NUMBER ONE fifth album, McVey and Simpson will ride approximately 60 miles in one day to help in the fight against suicide and poor mental health in men. The mammoth ride is underpinned by the poignant statistic that we lose 60 men around the world to suicide every hour. And with male mental health a cause close to their hearts, the duo hopes the ride will help start conversations which could ultimately save lives. Originally, the pair were to be joined by Movember ambassador Nick Frendo, videographer Dean Sherwood, manager Matt Voss as well as Ribble Cycles Ambassador Cameron Jeffers. However, to follow COVID rules, the ride will now be done in pairs. Ribble Cycles are proudly supporting the ride, as well as giving away a bike for additional fundraising. Keen to raise as much for the charity as they can, the group are inviting others to take on the Miles for Movember challenge by safely cycling as far as they see fit, with the goal of 1,000 cumulative miles. They’re asking anyone who wants to get involved to post a picture of their ride on social media with the hashtag #MilesForMovember and to donate whatever they can to the charity. #MilesForMovember GET INVOLVED DONATE The Vamps lead guitarist James McVey said: “We all know 2020 has been a rough year and mental health has taken a hammering. We want to do our bit to help guys out there who might be struggling.  “While raising as much as we can for Movember is the goal, I hope this cycle will also encourage people to reach out to the men in their lives and have those tough conversations, because ultimately, talking saves lives.  “It’d be great to see as many people getting involved in the ride as possible. So get out there on November 22 and get posting your #MilesForMovember pics!”
Local Bike Shop Day
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Local Bike Shop Day is the one day a year when independent bike shops across the UK can come together to celebrate their distinctive culture. It’s the day for local bike shops to showcase their passion, knowledge and personalised service they offer to their local communities.Local Bike Shop Day is an industry wide initiative managed by the Association of Cycle Traders.  I’m a consumer What is Local Bike Shop Day?Local Bike Shop Day is all about celebrating the community and culture that is independent bike shops, giving specialist IBDs the chance to highlight what makes their shop stand out, why consumers should shop local and what sets them apart from bigger national retailers.Local Bike Shop Day opens its doors to everyone, from experienced riders to first-timers, females and children.Today, it is so important for communities to work together to put the indie shops back at the heart of the UK’s towns and cities and this is what Local Bike Shop Day is aiming to do.Show your supportThe inaugural Local Bike Shop Day took place on 6th October 2018, celebrating indie bike shops across the country. In 2018 c.100 bike shops got involved with the second ever Local Bike Shop Day seeing over 150 local bike shops take part in the celebration. So when it comes around to the day, pop into your local bike shop to show your support, take photo’s and add to the buzz on social media with the hashtag #supportyourlocalbikeshop.View the complete list of retailers taking part in Local Bike Shop Day 2020 and find your local bike shop. Find Your Local Bike Shop I’m a local bike shop Local Bike Shop Day celebrates independent bike shops all around the UK.It is all about recognising the community and culture that is independent bike shops, giving specialist IBDs the chance to highlight what makes their shop stand out, why consumers should shop local and what sets them apart from bigger national retailers.The inaugural Local Bike Shop Day took place on 6th October 2018, celebrating indie bike shops across the country.In 2018 c.100 bike shops got involved with the second ever Local Bike Shop Day seeing over 150 local bike shops take part in the celebration.Local Bike Shop Day is an annual event where you can exhibit the specialist services, knowledge and the passion that you provide for the local community by holding ‘Dr. Bike’ type workshops, demo rides or coffee and cake to welcome old and new customers through your doors. Sign up now for Local Bike Shop Day 2020!


If you’re looking to upgrade your bike to an electric version or you’ve thought about getting an eBike, but are a bit overwhelmed by all the options, then the eBike Demo Weekender at Alexandra Palace from 14-15 August, might just be the answer. With tarmac and off-road tracks located in beautiful parkland, you can come along and try out a selection of bikes of all types and chat to the brands about which bike is best for you.