Club La Santa

I’m just back from a couple of weeks training at Club la Santa in Lanzarote.  This is the 8th or 9th time I’ve been to Club la Santa. It’s a great place for a training camp at this time of year – the weather’s generally in the 18 – 23 degree range, although it can … Read more

New Bikebox

Shortly after xmas, I ordered a new bike box for our trip to Lanzarote. Previously, I’d used a Trico Iron Case, which had served its purpose well, but I wasn’t confident that it’s packing method wouldn’t damage my new Felt Z3. Basically, in the Trico, the wheels lie on top of the frame, separated by … Read more

Westhill Triathlon 2014

On Sunday, I took part in the MPH Westhill Triathlon. This was my first triathlon for a couple of years – in fact, I was starting to wonder if I could still call myself a triathlete! I’d opted for the short distance (400 m swim/16 km bike/3.2 km run) instead of the sprint distance which … Read more

K-Edge Chain Catcher with SRM Magnet

When I got my Felt Z3, one of the problems I had was installing my SRMs. The SRMs need a magnet to determine the rotation of the cranks for calculating power (and for getting cadence data). Usually, this is mounted on the cable guide screw below the bottom bracket. However, since the Z3 has internal … Read more

RaceDots

On the way over to the recent KoM 100 km sportive, I got to thinking about buying a decent cycling top to wear in events like this – maybe something from Rapha, Assos or Etxeondo. However, after putting my race number on with safety pins, I dropped the idea – the thought of poking holes … Read more

Baker-Hughes 10k 18th May 2014

Coming the day after the KoM sportive, I knew this race wasn’t going to produce any PBs! I’ve run this race many times since my first attempt in 1991. It’s route has changed since the early years, and it’s now based around the beach area of Aberdeen. The route takes the runners from the Beach … Read more

KoM Sportive 17th May 2014

The King of the Mountain Sportive is organised by a local cycling club, Deeside Thistle. There are three options; 100 miles, 100 km or 25 miles. I took the 100 km option. This would be the furthest I’d ridden for a long time, certain since my days of living in the Netherlands in the early … Read more

Thoughts on Di2

I’ve been using Ultegra Di2 on my new Felt Z3 for the past 6 weeks-or-so. In my cycling career, I’ve gone from downtube friction shifters, through indexed shifters, on to STI combined brake/gear shifters and finally to Di2. Here’s my initial thoughts: Good Slick shifting – easily as slick as a newly setup mechanical system … Read more

New Bike – Felt Z3

Felt Z3 I’ve been thinking about a new bike for quite a while now, but, with the results of February’s Guru bike fit showing that my Giant TCR was too small, I bit the bullet and finally bought a new bike. I’d decided a while ago to go for Shimano Di2 on new bike, mainly … Read more

Guru Bike Fit

During our recent trip to Club la Santa for the JBST Training Camp, I had a Guru bike fit done by Ben Price. I’ve never really had a bike fit done before, only a cursory saddle and handle bar adjustment when I got my first ‘proper’ racing bike in the Netherlands back in 1989. Since … Read more

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