18,000 Miles Is a Way to Go
10 Mar 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Breifne’s mascot Boxty, of late taken off navigation duties and assigned a more mascotty kind of role.
The team at Brooks is overjoyed to be able once again to bring you news from this year’s instalment of the World Cycle Race. Much water has flowed metaphorically under the bridge since the literal waving of the starter’s flag in Greenwich last week.
If you don’t believe us, keep reading.
"If You're Gonna Cry, And You Will, Cry On The Bike", Advises 2012 Winner Mike Hall.
7 Mar 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Fran Hollender, Breifne Earley and Lee Fancourt, this year’s London starters of the WCR.
We were delighted last Friday to be able to host the pre-launch of the 2014 World Cycle Race at B1866, our Brooks flagship store in London. Competitors and race organizers were on hand to share their thoughts with visiting press and curious public alike on the eve of the event’s official start.
Lots of Bike Races Style Themselves "World's Toughest", But This One Is The One.
25 Feb 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
The 2012 Brooks Select World Traveller celebrated our involvement with the inaugural WCR.
We have some exciting news for anybody with even a mild interest in looking at people who are just about to ride 18000 miles around the world as quickly as possible.
The public pre-launch of the 2014 World Cycle Race takes place from 3 o’clock this coming Friday afternoon at the Brooks flagship store, B1866, in Earlham Street, London. The race itself gets underway on Saturday.
Yes We Said "Fat", Not "Fast". It's The New Cyclocross, Probably.
28 Nov 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
This isn’t, strictly speaking, a Fatbike, but we won’t let that get in the way.
Of course you’ve heard of Fatbikes.
The Ladies Bike Polo Tournament Hits Barcelona.
22 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Urban Cycling
At the Brooks Blog, our enthusiasm for bike polo is famously boundless. Few readers can have forgotten 2011′s (now long since sold out) Limited Edition polo mallet, the “Brooks England”, for example. And elsewhere too in the world of kneepads and small gear ratios, we have demonstrably continued to go beyond the mere call of duty.
Heroic Knights, Fearless Adventurers And Avid Moustache Waxers Are All Warmly Invited.
11 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Autumn in Northern Italy is a famously fine combination of season and location for taking magical (and we don’t use the word lightly) spins. Now imagine we were somehow able to cast a spell, and transport an entire peloton 40, 50, 60… even 100 years into the past, and they all fetched up in Anghiari, say. If they didn’t want to confuse and frighten the locals, they’d all obviously need a Brooks on top of a steel framed bike, for starters. And preferably a woollen jersey, right? If you have no plans next weekend, pay attention…
The roads of the Tiber Valley and the surrounding hills, built by the Romans and by the Etruscans before them, have witnessed the passage of many intrepid travellers over the centuries. Brave soldiers on their way to and from great battles, courageous knights on heroic quests, adventurers seeking out new lands and stoic pilgrims on their way to pay homage in some far off destination – they have all passed by. Now it is the time for yet another band of heroes! So get out your old bicycle, pull on your woollen jersey and wax your moustache – it is time for the Intrepid Cyclists to make their mark in history!
We Catch Up With TCR Organizer Mike Hall To Talk Turkey.
10 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Mike Hall at the Stelvio Pass checkpoint with one of the TCR riders last August.
Brooks has nailed its colours to the mast this year in support of a large number of cycling related events. The Cycle Messenger World Championships, the European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships and L’Eroica are just a few of the celebrations of the Two Wheeled and Human Powered in 2013 that we’ve provided with sponsorship, prizes, and help in the shape of willing bodies on the ground.
But one of the most captivating and rewarding so far has been the first ever installment of the Transcontinental Race, an unsupported competitive ride from London to Istanbul which took place over a fortnight early in August.
Conceived by last year’s WCR Grand Tour winner Mike Hall, it was designed as a race across the European continent that should quickly separate riders both from the metaphorical apron strings and each other. Unsurprising then, that he enlisted the help of renowned apron-string-cutters The Adventurists.
Together they formulated a race which, beyond the obvious, made only a few simple demands of its riders – pick your own route, remember to grab a sandwich at that next petrol station, and get the head down wherever you like, as long as it’s not in the back of a support vehicle.
And say lots of prayers to the Puncture Gods.
21st Bike Messenger World Championships Pass Off With Precision and Parties.
6 Sep 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
New and successfully defending champions were celebrated on the podium in an array of disciplines last month, as around 400 couriers met in Switzerland to take part in the annual Cycle Messenger World Championships.
Lower Placed Riders Bearing Down On Istanbul For Closing Festivities.
14 Aug 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Veteran of last year’s WCR Grand Tour Richard Dunnett reaches the Transcontinental finish line.
Richard Dunnett spent a sleepless two days over the weekend racing through Serbia and Bulgaria to guarantee himself Silver in the inaugural Transcontinental Race, the first ever unsupported competitive ride between London and Istanbul.
Race marshalls clocked his arrival in the wee hours of Monday morning, roughly a day after the winner, Belgium’s Kristof Allegaert.
30 racers started from Westminster Bridge earlier this month, seven of whom have so far withdrawn. 5 have made it over the finish line with two more likely to arrive today. This would leave 16 still out on the road.
Most of them are barreling through Serbia and Bulgaria as we speak, among them Juliana Buhring, the only women in the field. Based on her current progress she should comfortably finish in the top ten; there’s a tight race on for eighth between herself and Mikko Makipaa.
Like many of his competitors, Makipaa, a 34 year old Finn, has encountered all sorts of trouble since leaving London. He’s been chased by several packs of wild dogs, had a ton of punctures, and to make things even worse the batteries keep going dead on his GoPro. He has also fallen prey to some nasty sunburn while napping… in the sun of course, so our sympathies in this last regard, at least, are qualified.
Elsewhere, Nicholas Longworth probably isn’t going as slowly as the SPOT Tracker would have us believe. The 26 year old ultra endurance fiend appears to be still in Switzerland, but more than likely he’s a good deal further down the road than that. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to have a working phone with him, and his tracker is on the blink.
We expect to hear from him with the rest of the field on the banks of the Bosphorus for the finishing party early next week at the very latest.
Things Have Been Hotting Up, But They've Also Been Cooling Down.
9 Aug 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Women’s circumnavigation world record holder Juliana Buhring en route in the TCR.
Kristof Allegaert continues to force the pace in the Transcontinental Race this week. He has already reached Bulgaria, exceeding most of the mileage-time predictions made in advance of the start, while WCR Grand Tour veteran Richard Dunnett is doggedly trailing him through Serbia in second place.