Riding by Numbers

Speedruns

Speedruns

 

There is a peculiar tradition that members of the Liverpool Century Road Club inflict upon themselves before the start of every racing season. The Speedruns are a series of four training rides that commence on the last Sunday in January and continue through the next three Sundays in February. They were a key component of Geoff Bewley’s (Century’s legendary coach) means of preparing the Club’s racing cyclists for the road season ahead. The traditional start of the UK domestic road scene is the Eddie Soen’s Memorial Cycle...


January 2017: Tempo is your new max.

January 2017: Tempo is your new max.

 

These are the numbers, amongst others, I will bring you each update.  Right now most of them are not the numbers I am looking for. Not even close.

91 kilos. I recall a time when I was 79. For a day, or maybe it was only a morning. But that was my official weight – less than 80 kg. 82 is sustainable - if I can get there again. Right now I’d settle for 84.

267 watts. According to the power test I’ve just done, that’s my FTP. Functional Threshold Power, or, if you prefer,...


Riding by Numbers: The long road back to health and fitness

Riding by Numbers: The long road back to health and fitness

People of a certain age all over the planet may relate to getting to that point in their life where they feel the need to do something positive about their general health and wellbeing. An ‘intervention’ if you like. 

The first time this happened to me I’d just entered my Thirties. University life and active sports were tiny specs disappearing over the horizon in the rear view mirror. I’d settled in to a life of sedentary desk-jockeying. A ‘career’ even. Committing long hours to work and not much else. The bike had been swapped for a car a long time...