Liverpool's Leeuwenhart

Riding for Antoine

Riding for Antoine

 

When we’re young we all want to grow up and become something. My older brother Kevin, ‘Our Kev’ to anybody in the McNally inner circle, wanted to design aeroplanes for a living. Me, doing as any self-respecting younger sibling would, supported my smarter sibling by saying I wanted to fly the planes my brother designed.

 

Like most kid's dreams some come true, and some don’t. My brother studied hard went to university for several years and now works for Rolls-Royce...


Viva Es-blog-ña

Viva Es-blog-ña

Mark McNally is a professional road cyclist with Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert, a Belgian-based Pro-Continental outfit.  Despite being in the second tier of professional cycle racing, the team benefits from a huge number of wildcard invites to the top races and in 2016 finished as the highest ranked team in the UCI Europe Tour.

In the past, Mark has been part of the British Cycling youth development system, where he became Junior European Champion on the track.  But he followed his heart to Belgium where he now lives and races, making his way in the uncompromising...


Eneco-raging Performances

Eneco-raging Performances

It's been a hectic few weeks for our Flandrian Lionheart from Liverpool.  This time he reflects on his performances at the Tour of Britain and the Eneco Tour.

 

 

As I write this I’m sat on my bed in a Campanile (chain of french hotels best know by bike riders for over-cooked pasta and ludicrously narrow beds) on the eve of my penultimate race of the year Paris-Tour; which believe it or not doesn’t start in Paris but does in fact finish in Tours. Tours the place not a Tour of Paris either,...


Feline the strain

Feline the strain

 

 

I’ve never had a pet. To be honest I’ve always wanted one, but allergies run in my family. So the thought of having a snotty nose and itchy eyes always outweighed the desire for a pet (other than goldfish… they’re hypoallergenic-ish). 

 

Then the other day my better half Pia came home from a long training ride in the Ardennes with a tiny ginger fluff ball that was a kitten. Turns out she was getting close to the...


Candy and Nuts

Candy and Nuts

Image: ©Kramon

It's been a while. As ever, lots has happened since I last put my fingers to a keyboard. Rode a few races: some went well, some went well, some not so well. But, as the saying goes, ". . . that’s bike racing."

I did a few post-Tour criteriums, which are a chance for many of the cycling-mad towns in Belgium to put on a town centre race on a circuit of a kilometre or two to showcase their returning Tour de France heroes and some of their local riders to boot....