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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...


Cycling Degrees of Separation

Cycling Degrees of Separation

 

 

Well I’m a year older, so I thought I’d try something new - this is a morning blog. I’ll be honest its mostly because I was too tired yesterday after an epic bike ride over the Stelvio, but at least I’m honest.

 

 

This is my last day up in the Village of Trepalle just above the town of Livigno. I’ve been here on a training camp for the last ten days. Its been my first time...


Pleasure and pain is the name of the game

Pleasure and pain is the name of the game

Fresh from his FOURTH place in the British Cycling National Road Race Championships last weekend - just one second behind riders of the caliber of Adam Blythe (Team Tinkoff), Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) & Andy Fenn (Team Sky) - our star blogger Mark McNally of Belgian Pro-Continental outfit Wanty-Groupe Gobert returns to team action at the Tour of Austria.

 

Well, it's been a while. Yesterday I started the Tour of Austria with a short, sharp hillclimb stage.  We were transported back down the mountain, complete with bike, via cable car, which was a first for...


Race Starts & Rice Tarts

Race Starts & Rice Tarts

Back from the Middle East and getting over his jet-lag, we re-join Mark this week prepping for his first European race of the season - Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, one half of the famous Belgian "Openings Weekend".

Well the recon for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was a stark contrast to the warm climes I left in Oman.  Still a little sleep deprived from travel I woke at the crack of dawn on a crisp and cold Belgian morning feeling a little bit under the weather.  I made my way to the house of my team manager Hilaire Van Der Schueren, which is located at the...


Bike *bags & jet lags (*boxes)

Bike *bags & jet lags (*boxes)

Last week we left our caped-crusader feeling his legs a bit atop the end of stage one of the Tour of Oman.  Since then he's spent more time than he cares for on planes and in airport lounges. He's also apparently been granted Belgian Citizenship by his team.  The ongoing saga and the glamorous lifestyle of a pro bike rider on tour continues ...

 

Goats - on the way to the start in Oman

Many people who look at cycling from the outside see us racing in all these exotic places and assume...