Team Sky to use Wahoo Fitness TICKR

wahoo tickr Team SkyWahoo Fitness, the world leader in smartphone-powered fitness hardware, has extended its successful partnership with Team Sky for a third year. The 2016 deal sees the expansion of Wahoo’s relationship to become the Official Supplier of bike trainers and heart rate monitors to Team Sky. Team Sky will now use the Wahoo TICKR to track their heart rate data, alongside the KICKR which has been used for the last two seasons for race-day warm up and cool down.


Carsten Jeppesen, Head of Technical Operations and Commercial for Team Sky, comments: ‘With heart rate data continuing to be of the utmost importance, the addition of the TICKR to our training will give us the reliability and accuracy to use that data in the most effective way.’


Chip Hawkins, CEO and Founder of Wahoo, adds: ‘Team Sky continues to be an excellent partner for us – from gathering rider feedback on our products, to working collaboratively on future innovations, the team shares our absolute passion for taking performance training hardware to the next level, and 2016 will be no different.’


Further information on the Wahoo Fitness TICKR and KICKR products at


Picture credit Adam De Silva


Evans Cycles Ride it Bristol – February 7, 2016

Ride It BristolOrganised by Evans Cycles, Ride It Bristol is back again after the success of last year’s inaugural event. The sportive promises the perfect winter outing to suit all levels; starting just south of Bristol, the event offers four options, from the ‘Fun’ 15-miler to a full 70mile route.


The first part of the Ride it Bristol route takes participants towards the coast, before heading south towards the Mendip Hills. Cheddar Gorge is one of the many challenges before a final stretch through the stunning Chew Valley. There is no getting away from the fact that this is ‘hill country’, but the beautiful English countryside and the relatively quiet roads still make for great riding.


As with the other Ride it events there’s plentiful support staff, feed stations, route marking and GPS rider aids. Prices range from £7.50 to £25.00 and there will be an additional admin charge of £3.00 for those who turn up on the day (assuming it’s not a sell out.) Children go free if accompanied by an adult.


Ride it Bristol registration will open at 08:00 on the day at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre. The Fun, Short and Medium Rides will start from Hengrove Promenade and the Long event will start from Hengrove Park – all at 08:30. Distances are 15miles (24km) for the Fun ride, 30miles (48km) for the Short, 50miles (80km) for the Medium and 70miles (112km) for the Long run.


Further detail and entry for Ride it Bristol at or get the latest news on Facebook.


The Puncheur – March 8, 2016

The Puncheur CycloSportiveWhen the winter months are (almost) over the Puncheur Sportive provides an early-season tester of 65 tough miles with a summit finish thrown in for good measure. It’s a great way to get a good indication of your early-season form. That summit is the top of Ditchling Beacon, just north of Brighton, which provides the finale of the 8th running, sell-out, event. As always the route is carefully planned and fully signed along picturesque unclassified roads and quiet B roads.


The charm and challenge of the Puncheur has always been setting and maintaining a good tempo along rolling roads, and to sustain that rhythm on the short climbs.


Distance is 65miles (105km) with total climbing of 5,577ft (1,700m) and a half way feed station, featuring the famous Infinity Foods, comes with the price. Medical support and broom wagon are also provided. Registration opens at 07.45 at the Ditchling Recreation Ground.


The £26 Puncheur entry fee includes electronic timing from SportIdent. The ‘just for fun’ targets to aim for are 5hours, 4.5 and sub-4hours (Bronze, Silver and Gold respectively) for the boys and an additional 20minutes on each target for the ladies.


The Puncheur is always a sell-out, as it’s limited to 500 riders, so to avoid disappointment book your place now at and visit the event website at


As the organisers say: ‘You’ve done your winter miles, now it’s time to push up your heart rate.’ – So, will you?


The Good Friday Sportive – March 25, 2016

The Good Friday SportiveIf you’re looking for a Long Good Friday to balance all that chocolate then head to Folkstone on the March 25 for a day out across the lanes of Kent and East Sussex.


For its second year The Good Friday Sportive organisers, iCycle Events, have revamped the original route to offer a wider variety of rides for cyclists of all abilities. The choice of routes comes in three flavours, the 38mile (61km) Mini, the Midi at 75miles (121km) and the 100mile (161km) Maxi. Climbing adds up to 455m, 770m and 1,014m respectively.


All routes start from Folkestone Rugby Club on the edge of the Kent Downs, and follow fully signed routes out into the countryside. The terrain is described as ‘undulating’ but they have thrown in some testing climbs and technical descents. The 20mile run into the finish at Hythe offers some ‘head down TT style riding!’ according to the organisers, but bear in mind it’s along the Kent marshland coast – it’s very flat and very windy.


Costs are modest by most standards at £25 for the Mini and £29 for the Midi and Maxi. For that you get an extensive package of support and goodies on the day including support from a team of mechanics, medical cover, medics, motorcycle marshals and even a broom wagon. Out on the road you can expect ‘well stocked’ feed stations located in village halls (read ‘coffee and cake.) At the finish you’ll get a medal, a complimentary massage and a hot meal – Bargain.


You can get more detail on The Good Friday Sportive, check out the routes and download GPX files at and book online at


Heart of the Wolds Cycle Sportive – April 24

Heart of the Wolds Cycle SportiveRunning for the fourth year the Heart of the Wolds takes in the fine Yorkshire countryside as usual, but with the added spice of preceding the Tour de Yorkshire by a couple of days.


The ‘Tour’ roams across the whole of the county but this event stays firmly in the Wolds. The area provides rolling hills, stunning scenery and picture postcard villages. The event starts and finishes in Driffield but a choice of loops are available to suit different levels of rider including a few ‘hill challenges’ for the more advanced.


Three official routes are on offer. The shortest, The Langtoft Loop, of 23miles (37km) is ideal for sportive first-timers or those who are relatively new to cycling. The Classic of 64miles (100km) is more of a test with stiff climbs and technical descents in the highest hills the Wolds has to offer. The ultimate ‘Challenge’ of 86miles [134km] is for those who want to push themselves to their limits, with over 1,200 metres of climbs and at least five hours in the saddle.


‘Early Bird’ prices are £25 for the Classic and Challenge and £20 for the Loop until 31st Jan. For that you get pre-event repair service, post-event massages, tea and biscuits to start and a hot meal on your return. Route map, mobile support and ‘goodie bag’ are also provided. Registration and start is from 8:30 to 9:30 on the day at the Driffield Showground.


The choice of routes for Heart of the Wolds Cycle Sportive can be seen here, for details of the sportive see and booking at


Boris Bikes Get Laserlights

Blaze LaserlightsThe Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Transport for London (TfL), and Santander UK have today announced that all 11,500 Santander Cycles, will be fitted with Blaze Laserlights over time from early 2016. The Blaze Laserlights project the symbol of a bicycle shape six metres in front of the cycle, onto the ground, giving the cyclist a larger footprint on the road. This makes their presence known, alerts drivers to their approach and helps ensure they are seen when otherwise they might be invisible, for example when they are on the near side of a vehicle turning left. An integrated version of the Laserlight will be installed directly into the bike frame to ensure the image is projected at the ideal position for both cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. The Laserlights will only come on only when it is dark to save energy.


After a successful trial with overwhelmingly positive feedback and strong independent test results, the Laserlights will provide a bigger, brighter presence on the road and early warning of a cyclist’s proximity. The project is largely funded by Santander UK as part of the partnership with TfL.


Boris Johnson comments: ‘It’s fantastic that our Santander Cycles will be able to bring light to the dark side of the street with these nifty Blaze Laserlights. We’re always looking to develop new and innovative ways to help people cycle around the Capital more safely and these green lights will help all our cycle hire users to stay seen at night. I’m delighted that through this great partnership, we’re able to help improve safety and support the enterprise of another brilliant London start-up.’


Read the Cyclo review of the Blaze Laserlight here.

Extras Featured Reviews

Blaze Laserlight

Blaze Laserlight ReviewThe Blaze Laserlight is a solid reminder that crowd-funding, in this instance via kickstarter, continues to incubate a good number of products that are both innovative and beautifully executed. The Blaze Laserlight is, at heart, a powerful front cycle light that adds significantly to the safety factor by incorporating a laser projection up to 6metres ahead of the rider.


As a standard light the Blaze Laserlight, with its sleek machined aluminium casing, is capable of delivering a combination of 100lumen flashing, 100lumen solid or 300lumen solid – all of which can be used either with our without the laser projection (of a bicycle of course) in solid or flash mode.


Technical spec


The aluminium casing of the Blaze Laserlight, with its discreet silver nickel control panel, contains a full aluminium internal chassis designed to aid both cooling and overall robustness. Weighing in at 182g it’s recharged via supplied USB cable to provide anything from 2hours use (high beam and constant laser) to 29hours (low beam, flashing and no laser.) The whole unit is fully waterproof – rather than merely resistant – and attaches to handlebars from 24–32 mm in diameters via a quick-release clip.


Blaze Laserlight ReviewThe Blaze Laserlight on test


Attaching the bike mount section of the quick release clip to the handlebars is relatively easy using the supplied 4mm allen key and appropriate rubber insert for the tube size. Fine-tuning the laser to project at the desired ahead takes a few additional minutes (and really needs to be done in low-light conditions) and you’re good to go.


Operating either the standard lamp or independent laser takes the briefest of touches to the panel to cycle through the options and there’s no denying that 300lumen is a dazzlingly effective way of lighting up even the darkest of country lanes. Better yet, if you’re an enormous attention seeker, it’s impossible to ride anywhere with the Blaze Laserlight and not encounter people willing to coo over it and tell you how cool the projection looks. (Okay, so that’s not going to appeal to every ego out there.)


A thing of beauty


The Blaze Laserlight has, without question, been designed to appeal to those who think contemporary aesthetics begin and end with all-things Apple. In fact the light is made in partnership with PCH International, a manufacturing company that also makes products for Apple – if you don’t like sleek, tactile and brushed metal, this isn’t the light for you. Actually everything from the typeface to the packaging and slender lines of the light itself have been beautifully thought through to balance form and function in one neat package.


Blaze Laserlight ReviewDownsides of the Blaze Laserlight


Yes, it looks gorgeous, yes, it’s crazy-bright and yes the laser projection in both very cool and integral to added safety; but…


As much as we love this light there are still flaws and drawbacks. Starting with the USB charger, which uses the kind of magnetic clip that Macbook users get all worked up about. Whilst the Mac version is robust, the Blaze Laserlight version has an utterly annoying tendency to be knocked off with the slightest of efforts. Several times Cyclo has gone to pick up what we were hoping would be a good-to-go, fully charged light, only to find it untethered and lifeless.


The quick release clip also proved frustrating longer-term, slowly unthreading itself (in days, not weeks) to leave the light swinging wildly from wide to side. Even when tightened to the max there’s far too much lateral movement. More disturbingly – arguably this is a fault in the unit we had on test – was the tendency for the light and laser to both go off unexpectedly when we hit a bump in the road…


Blaze Laserlight ReviewYou make your choices…


There is much to love about the Blaze Laserlight. Personally we really appreciate the aesthetics and attention to detail and there’s no denying that the projected bike image is going to add significantly to safety (apparently ‘79% of cycling incidents happen when drivers manoeuvre into the rider’s path.’) The main beam is bright and crisp – even if 2-3hours on full is nowhere near long enough – and there’s something of the Star Wars generation in us that loves the idea of attaching a laser to the bike.


The Blaze Laserlight is also, predictably, on the costly side at £125. Of course it’s unique selling point is the laser itself, but of you just want a really bright light then something like the Lezyne Macro Drive 600XL is going to offer up twice the lumens for half the price or the Exposure Sirius Mk4/TraceR Light Set gives you front and rear (500 and 110lumen respectively) for a comparable £129.95. Both the Lezyne and Exposure Sirius lights are available on


Full details on online purchase of the Blaze Laserlight at


The Rapha Festive 500 – December 24-31, 2015

Rapha Festive 500The Rapha inspired Festive 500 is an opportunity for a ‘Do It Yourself’ event outside of the constraints of organised sportives. In fact the Festive 500 now enters its sixth year, with the challenge to ride 500km in the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.


Last years more than 8,000 cyclists successfully completed the challenge and claimed their badges, many pushing their own limits to ride further than they’d ridden before. Others simply took the opportunity of some time away from work to end their cycling year on a high. Doing 40miles a day for 8 days sounds pretty straight-forward but rarely is. The challenge comes not just from a decent distance to ride in the first place, but also juggling the commitments of the holiday season and the unpredictability of the winter weather.


If you don’t trust yourself to complete the Festive 500 alone you can sign up with Rapha partner Strava and can keep a log of your progress and, if nothing else, prove to family and friends that you’ve actually covered the miles.


You can share your experience with the #Festive500 hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and even win prizes for Best Picture, Best Story, Best Video and more. See last year’s winners, and get an idea of what’s expected, here.


And, of course, if you need some advice on what to wear for the Festive 500 Rapha can guide you to the right checkout at