A small selection of some of the highlights in Bristol this year
21 May 2016 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Monthly highlights
The annual gathering of artisan British bicycle builders took place in Bristol back in April on 15th to 17th. Bespoked is now 6 years old and it is safe to say the 2016 offering built on everything that has gone before. We were down at the show and grabbed a few snaps of some of our favourite builds.
Jack Thurston heads to the remote heart of Wales to witness on a brand new kind of long-distance cycling challenge
10 May 2016 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Since its first edition in 2013 the Transcontinental Race has captured the imagination of amateur cyclists looking for the next big challenge. Multi-day, unsupported events like the Transcontinental makes demands that go beyond physical endurance. Riders must be totally self-sufficient on the road, from navigation to finding food and rest and dealing with mechanicals. As I’ve written before on the blog, these races evoke the heroic spirit of early years of road racing far more than the tightly controlled and carefully choreographed professional peloton. Yet races like the Transcontinental are also thoroughly modern affairs. Riders can make free use of the most modern bike technology and the very latest lightweight bikepacking gear, they are tracked in real time using the latest satellite technology and their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram dispatches from the road add texture and emotion, making for a thoroughly post-modern way to watch bike race.
Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC battles the snow
2 Feb 2016 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
New York City. The Capital of the World. A great financial and cultural dynamo hub illuminating the rest of America and beyond. Birthplace of the skyscraper, hip hip, and the “New York minute,” which is just a regular minute with extra cheese.
When it comes to cycling, however, one could argue our heyday is well behind us. Madison Square Garden was a Mecca of six-day racing…like a hundred years ago. New York City’s bike messengers were once iconic…though the style’s been appropriated worldwide, and “Quicksilver” to “Premium Rush” represents a precipitous decline. Alas, we used to set the pace, but now it comes to “bike culture” we’re playing catch-up.
Consider the whole fat bike thing. They’ve been riding fat bikes for years out there in “Fargo” country, but New York City’s first-ever fat bike race wasn’t until January 23rd, 2016 in Cunningham Park, Queens:
Camille McMillan brings us a tardy piece of reportage
20 Jan 2016 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Just before the start of the Transcontinental, Austrian, Walter Reiterer, In his printed Lederhosen
For a time bike racing had lost its shine for me. I was beginning to resent the bicycle and in particular bike racing. The gloss of the Tour de France, the hyperbole of the spring Classics, Super teams with P.R banality, with brand guidelines, overkill!
Angus tackles a famous challenge
11 Jan 2016 | Posted by Angus Edmond | Categories: Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling
The Koppenberg, a legendary cobbled climb famous in the road cycling world is also home to the Koppenberg Cross, one of the hardest on the circuit and also one of my favourite races.
I raced the new Niels Albert cross race in Boom the day before, an impressive little course that uses the same area as the famed Tomorrowland, the worlds largest EDM festival. The landscape wasn’t amazing but they still managed to make a great course out of it. With the Elite men and U23 thrown together we were still only 27 riders on the start grid, giving me a rare spot at the start of the 3rd row. But this was not the important race of the weekend and energy needed to be saved for the Koppenberg.
Having a little fun in Boom
Juliet explores the pain of the race
8 Dec 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling
“I just don’t understand. That’s the pure definition of masochism if it only feels good once it’s over.”
I’m on the phone to my Mum, telling her how I spent my Sunday afternoon and her suspicions that I’m just a little bit barmy have been ramped up a level. The activity we’re discussing is cyclocross and I’m just done explaining how the day’s race was so hard that I nearly puked and cried. “It just sounds horrid,” she continues. “I don’t know why you would do such a thing.” Rewind a few hours and I was asking myself the same thing.
Cyclocross is a form of bike racing that takes place in the winter months on a variety of predominantly natural surfaces, participants racing as many laps as they can of an incredibly slippery, muddy course with obstacles that might mean you have to dismount and carry your bike. Good bike handling skills are essential and unlike road and crit racing, there’s no drafting or hiding behind your opponents for some brief respite; cyclocross is an all-out solo effort that puts you in the red from the minute you begin pedaling. It’s a brutal, roughly hour-long assault on your body and mind, and one that I wasn’t even sure I was up for.
We find out more about a special cycling exhibition
17 Nov 2015 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
We here at Brooks England are proud to be taking part in a new exhibition that is taking part at the Design Museum in London. Cycle Revolution celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition and looks at where design and innovation may take the riders of the future.
Brooks Sponsored Angus Edmond Brings the 2nd Part of his Report from China
4 Nov 2015 | Posted by Angus Edmond | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends
Angus brings us up to date with the second half of his China trip to ride cycle-cross. If you missed part one, read it here
Hainan was a little different. It was a bit warmer and a lot more humid. It had the wonderful feature of the course being 200m from the front door of our resort and in contrast to the last race this one had been built to order. It was regulation width from start to finish, had one of the most interesting flyovers I have ever seen and was fun to ride.
Beautiful track with a stunning backdrop
Brooks Team B1866 Made the Annual Jaunt to Gaiole
21 Oct 2015 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Events, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
As a global sponsor of the Eroica series, Brooks is always excited as October approaches as it means our yearly pilgrimage to Gaiole in Chianti is upon us once more and this year was no different.
Brooks X Axletree take to the road in search of the real Kansas
21 Sep 2015 | Posted by BREGAN | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Seth Deming Videography / Brooks England
I first learned of Dirty Kanza 200 from Paul Errington who rode the event in 2012, one of the first foreigners to do so. Paul wrote about his experience on this blog and is now organzing his own UK gravel event in 2016, the Dirty Reiver, which will be held in Northumberland in April 2016.