Made from a pot of gold_POC / Rapha edition

It’s hard to grasp the extremes of a professional cyclist’s life. It could be the three-week Grand Tours, ascending beyond 5000m in one day, fighting against wind and cobbles, or even the alternative endurance events that routinely fill the modern cycling calendar. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year. Riders will exist in …

‘Not all kilometers are equal’ – The Migration Gravel Race

Photos by Saltlake_Lianhttps://www.instagram.com/saltlake_lian/ The Migration Gravel race proudly states that its kilometers are different and will undoubtedly test riders who take on the challenge. As a semi supported four-day stage race across the wilds of the Maasai Mara, Kenya, the 650 km route course covers single track, game trails, red clay, and rough hard pack …

Fabio Wibmer_ Making a pioneer

Fabio Wibmer is a bike pioneer. It is a simple and unquestionable fact. Watch any of his films and it’s easy to understand why. Although a viewer will be left with a curious sense of awe and disbelief, the facts are there, plain for all to see. He is able to imagine and do things …

Inspired by_ Bex Baraona x GMBN

Dealing with concussion It’s rare to finish a day on a mountain bike and not be grinning from ear to ear. It is a sport that revolves around positive feelings. Of course, as part of the enjoyment comes with finding individual limits and testing skill levels, it’s natural that accidents happen. Luckily most riders will …

Take in the sights

When you take a step back, the world almost seems too vast to comprehend. There is so much of it, how is it possible to take it all in? Like the voracious reader, burning the candle at both ends, flipping page after page in an attempt to absorb as much of the world’s great thinking, …

Make or break from dawn to dusk

When the alarm goes off it’s always too early. The temptation is to reach for the snoooooze button, just to squeeze out those extra five minutes under a warm cosy duvet, snuggled up to an obedient pillow, convinced that those glorious five minutes will make or break the day ahead. The irony is more often …

Complement each other

Our lives are full of examples where a single thing can be complemented, becoming even better. The simple equation where one plus one makes two no longer applies, instead it makes three. Marriage and relationships could be the purest example of two pieces coming together to enhance the whole. Equally, from dawn to dusk, there …

Sit down for equality

The world is filled with mysteries. How the pyramids were built; if the Loch Ness monster is real; if the Bermuda triangle really should be avoided; and if Stonehenge is just an incredibly impressive sun dial being just a few. Less discussed, perhaps, but no less mysterious, is why female cyclists have had to endure …

The ’Gowaan’ gal

If you found yourself trail side at any of the Enduro World Series races in recent times, you would find it hard to miss a strange new shout of encouragement rising above the cacophony of ‘allez allez’, ‘vai vai’ and ‘yeah boi!’. The mysteriously sounding ‘Gowaan’, with its roots deep in the vibrant UK mountain …

THE GRAND CELEBRATION OF ENDURANCE

The Grand Tours of cycling – the three-week races of Italy, France and Spain – have no sporting rivals as feats of endurance. The Tour de France, the oldest and grandest of them all, offers a particularly searching examination of a rider’s physical fitness and mental resilience. Ferocious climbs, nerve-shredding descents, full-bore sprints and timed …