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Monday Morning Motivation: The Coxes and their tandem

Betty Cox and her husband, Graeme, wearing cycle helmets.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of Betty Cox and her husband Graeme. Now 92 and 87 respectively, they still love riding their tandem four times a week. Betty was diagnosed with bowel cancer in her 80s. She recovered surprisingly quickly, which she credits to her fitness from cycling Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Fit Got Real

Fit Got Real Advert showing women with skateboards.

It’s a couple of years since Sport England launched their This Girl Can campaign launched. There’s now a new chapter: Fit Got Real. Whether you’re cycling to work, literally running the school run, or getting muddy with your pooch in the park, we’re celebrating all the amazing ways you fit Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: The pale mountains road

Bike on a road in Innsbruck, Austria

Mountains were the cornerstone of Stephano’s life. Growing up in a family of skiers, he started competing at a young age. When an injury took skiing away from him he found solace in his offseason training activity, cycling. What he realised was a new way to experience the mountains that he Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Joe Skipper – Getting the work done

Joe Skipper

Joe Skipper is the fastest British long-distance triathlete, having finished Challenge Roth in under 8 hours. I thought it might be useful to hear about his training schedule. This video that was released in February 2016. Transcript I’d normally get up around eight o’clock, sometimes a bit earlier. To be Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation – London to Holyhead 1964

Finish of London to Holyhead race

53 years ago, people were getting up to incredible feats. This short documentary shows the longest unpaced single day classic cycling race. It took place in 1964 (not 1962 as the caption says). The incredible cyclists pedalled all of the way from London to Holyhead! Does that inspire you to Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation – How good are your bike handling skills?

Bike handling skills illustrated by a person riding quickly downhill through a forest

One of the reasons why I’ve decided to take part in cyclocross is that I really want to improve my bike handling skills. I know that I’m nervous at times, and I don’t always react to hazards as well as I could. I admire anyone who is a really confident Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation – This is my spin class

There’s no point in taking part in a sport or activity that you don’t enjoy. If indoor cycling isn’t your thing, try something else like table tennis! What’s the most unusual sport you’ve tried? Would you recommend it to others?


Monday Morning Motivation: Beryl Burton

Mid shot of Beryl Burton

Have you heard of Beryl Burton? Chances are unless you’re a cycling fanatic, you’ve never heard of her. Beryl Burton was born in Yorkshire in the late 1930s and despite serious health problems that led to her spending over a year in hospital, she went on to become a champion Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Whatever your ritual, wherever you ride, #RidewithUs.

RideWithUs - silhouette of a person with a road bike on their shoulder

I really like the #RideWithUs video by Strava. It makes me want to get on my bike and go for a ride. There are quite a few other short videos in the series showing different people out riding their bikes. You might also want to check out: The Stars of Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation – 8 days in 8 minutes

The Absa Cape Epic is an annual two-person MTB team event held in South Africa over 8 days which includes  Time Trial prologue. It has been accredited as hors categorie (beyond categorisation) by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Among other events in world cycling which enjoy this status are the Tour Read more…