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Cycling Northern Spain – Miranda to Miño

662 Km From Miranda to Miño

Bicycle Touring with C + Me Adventures

For a short while on our southwesterly heading we smuggle ourselves across the far north western edge of La Rioja province. Passing through Foncea and serene Treviana, we snake up through wind eroded valleys onto vast plateaus that span far in every direction.

It is exceptionally dry here, the dirt is orange and I imagine wild-west scenes; true enough many of the classic western scenes were indeed filmed in Spain. So sparsely populated it is here.

Soon enough we have our reward upon reaching Serra dos Ancares: Descending on perfect roads from 1250m to 580m, our touring bikes flying through the corners with effortless stability and composure.

In the periphery is a constantly changing flash of green and ochre, ahead we’re fixated on the quickly approaching apex and carried on the rushing wind is a sweet aromatic perfume of some delicate unidentified flora.

Even at this speed the descent is gleefully long – almost 20km of it. When we checked our gps data later that day we see we hit 45mph on the descent. We’re deep into the Serra dos Ancares mountain range and have deliberately left the Camino Frances in search of our own route to the coast.

Difficulty Score
Climb
80
Surface
60
Weather
50
Safety
10
Essentials
Double sleeping quilt, Period Cup, Castille soap, Patagonia Sun Protection Shirt
challenges
Mountains in Os Ancares – beautiful and big. Heat in Castille Y Leon is intense in summer. Food – finding a variety of healthy options in Castille Y Leon.
50
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Finding water along this route is easy, and you’ll need plenty of it – minimum 2l capacity per person. There are many drinking fountains along the route but not all are drinking water so make sure by asking a local or filter it. Food is easy to find in shops/restaurants but you’ll want to cook to get enough vegetables in. If eating out, go for the menu del día.

Morcilla de Burgos is a highlight. If you are a vegan/vegetarian then you will need to be self sufficient in Spain. We were served one vegetarian meal in the entire month. We rarely if ever saw veggie options on the ride. Luckily it’s easy to find good produce.

The highlights for us were seasonal tomatoes, cheap and tasty menu del día and the seafood and bread in Galicia. Albariño wine in Galicia is excellent. Be prepare to make your own breakfast as Spanish breakfast (biscuits and coffee) is not sufficient for cycle touring.

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Campsites are just about close enough together on this route. Lots of wild camping opportunities but it’s illegal in Spain. Albergues (hostels) are frequent and cheap but busy in peak seasons.

Camping costs around €10-15 per night, Albergues €15-20. One night we stayed in a local bar’s car park. Generally, if you ask for advice for where to stay, locals will oblige and recommend somewhere to put your tent at least.

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Decent tyres. A lot of the route is on rocky gravel so we recommend a minimum of 40mm tyres. We used WTB ByWay 700c x 40mm. A gravel bike is perfect for this ride. We only saw bike shops in the big cities so make sure your bike is in order and you have some repair skills.

Although we have a Garmin with us you don’t need to have a GPX for the camino sections of the route – it is that well marked. But, you will definitely need navigation for the Galician sections and the Miranda to Burgos part. Much of this route is in Castille Y Leon which can reach 40celcius in summer. We rode it in September which still has days of 36c.

Watch out for hunting in Galicia in the shoulder seasons and be aware of the wildlife. Most of the route in Galicia is fairly high and be prepared for lots of rain and cold weather in the mountains especially. The off-road riding is on dry, dusty, rocky gravel. It’s fast and enjoyable.

The road sections are usually good condition. The route is open year round, but the Galician section will probably have snow and very cold weather in winter, at night, so we recommend doing this route March -June or late August to October.

Phone signal in Spain is excellent and you’ll never be too far from humans, but the local transport in much of the route is not entirely covered. We used a petrol MSR stove. Finding gas isn’t too easy.

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THINGS TO SEE ALONG THE ROUTE

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The vast expanses of Castille Y Leon, they really feel like the Wild West. The historic Camino Francés is well known but cannot be ignored as an incredible gravel touring ride and pilgrimage. Casa Susi in Trabadelo.

Burgos and Leon have epic gothic cathedrals and tapas. The Roman wall of Lugo, the best example of a Roman city wall in the world. Superb riding and nature in Serra do Os Ancares where the climbs are but descending is world class, the landscape green and pristine and the locals are so welcoming. Galician landscape, coastal regions and gastronomy.


MY EXPERIENCE

Castille Y Leon, a relatively flat and dry province in central-north Spain. The winds are fair, it is probably very hot and the landscape is repetitious: vast fields of sunflowers, unlikely beds of spinach and broccoli and a rolling downland-esque vista.

The entry to the Camino Frances – we never intended to travel on the Camino Frances, It just happened to be a waymarked route went in the same direction that we needed to go. Despite asking ourselves the question “are we pilgrims?” several hundred times during our time on the Camino we didn’t find an answer.

When wished a “buen camino” by many locals we could have denied this status assigned to us, but we certainly could not state our uncertainty of this identity with any eloquence in our basic Spanish. It just felt wrong to try and deny the simple act of kindness from a stranger.

Days passed and the buen camino kept coming from locals, peregrines, signposts and murals. Soon enough we found ourselves saying it, too. The Camino provides, they say, and if that’s a beautiful riding experience and good friends, that’s certainly true.

After Leon we headed deep the Serra dos Ancares mountain range and had deliberately left the Camino Frances in search of our own route to the coast. The valleys are severe, green and an intense contrast to the drier, flatter Castille Y Leon region just a mountain pass away.

This is Serra dos Ancares: Descending on perfect roads, in the periphery is a constantly changing flash of green and ochre, ahead we’re fixated on the quickly approaching apex and carried on the rushing wind is a sweet aromatic perfume of some delicate unidentified flora. Even at this speed the descent is gleefully long – almost 20km of it.

When we checked our gps data later that day we see we hit 45mph on the descent. Our trip finished in the beach town of Miño where the Atlantic Ocean brings the goods that enrich Galicia; seafood, surf and rain.

C + Me Adventures

Hi, we’re Chlo and Cal. In 2021 we quit our jobs to ride our bicycles around the world. We have a personal blog for the adventure.

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Is VR the Future of Cycling? https://cycloscope.net/virtual-reality-cycling https://cycloscope.net/virtual-reality-cycling#respond Sat, 09 Oct 2021 06:42:38 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21948 VR is popping up in a lot of different industries, but is it the next step in exercise it claims to be? Read on to find out. Virtual reality has beaten the likes of the PlayStation Move and the Gameboy Camera and Printer to prove itself as neither a failed gadget, nor a passing fad. Instead, it has been embraced by gamers as a way to elevate their adventure-filled experiences. Like the Wii once dreamed, it’s gaming that gets you […]

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VR is popping up in a lot of different industries, but is it the next step in exercise it claims to be? Read on to find out.

Virtual reality has beaten the likes of the PlayStation Move and the Gameboy Camera and Printer to prove itself as neither a failed gadget, nor a passing fad. Instead, it has been embraced by gamers as a way to elevate their adventure-filled experiences. Like the Wii once dreamed, it’s gaming that gets you moving, making it an advantage to cyclists in particular. Read on to find out how and why you should incorporate VR into your routine.

Working Out from Home

With increasing numbers of people working from home, it only stands to reason that people are looking to also workout from home. Over the past couple of years, YouTube yoga videos gained popularity, sales of workout machinery went up, and Joe Wicks became a bona fide celebrity. People started incorporating their workouts in their work, whether that was using their lunch break to walk around the neighborhood or going so far as to put a treadmill under their standing desk.

And like that innovative idea, merging technology into your workout can help you too.

Advancements in VR

Principally, Virtual and Augmented reality was created to be the next stage in gaming, and lately that is happening. More and more console games are being released with a VR equivalent, gaming YouTube and Twitch streamers are making VR content, and PlayStation has even manufactured their own VR headset. Lower prices in 2021 have made the equipment more accessible and breakthroughs in hand tracking have made for a more realistic experience. But gaming isn’t the only industry that’s interested.

Going into the real world, there are VR Experience establishments popping up all over the country. Like a round of mini golf or laser tag or visiting the casino rather than playing GGPoker, they are a fun day out, with games played in VR usually accompanied by a 360-degree treadmill and sensory hand tracking gloves, to give the experience of being in a gaming adventure. It’s all like something from Ready Player One.

Your working life might also be affected by the VR experience. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to incorporate VR into the workplace with his initiative: Horizon Workrooms. Considered a step forward from Zoom meetings across businesses, Horizon Workrooms would gather virtual versions of employees and managers in an augmented reality to share graphics and charts and collaborate and talk as one would if they were physically in the office.

Combine the two?

Virtual reality is already a part of the exercise landscape. Many people have picked up a VR headset to have a world where they can run, dance, and play out the adventures of more active heroes. It’s how games like FitXR and Supernatural have come to fruition. FitXR makes no secret of its full body aerobic concept, whereas Supernatural offers you a game that happens to give your entire body a workout without you noticing. Some people have simply wanted somewhere to dance that isn’t their kitchen. Games like Dance Central offer a club environment and hit tunes from the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Dua Lipa to get you moving.

But on the bike, it can really change the game. Stationary bikes like Pelaton bikes already know the value of a screen showing either a class or a scenic route, but a VR headset will put you in that place. Put on your VR headset while on a bike at home and you can follow trails, cycle away from dragons, or be cheered on by your favorite instructor. Unlike a screen in front of you, VR blocks out the rest of the world physically around you, creating full immersion.

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London To Istanbul The Long Way – Bicycle Touring with Hels on wheels https://cycloscope.net/bicycle-touring-london-istanbul https://cycloscope.net/bicycle-touring-london-istanbul#respond Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:23:09 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21894 London To Istanbul The Long Way 15000 Km From London to Istanbul Bicycle Touring with Hels on wheels It was supposed to be a relatively simple London to Istanbul route.. but then the pandemic struck. I had set out early spring of 2020 striking Italy from my itinerary but naively believing I would be otherwise unhindered. 2 weeks later I was in lockdown in Munich. Since then my journey has meandered, paused, and doubled back as Covid restrictions and border […]

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London To Istanbul The Long Way

15000 Km From London to Istanbul

Bicycle Touring with Hels on wheels

It was supposed to be a relatively simple London to Istanbul route.. but then the pandemic struck. I had set out early spring of 2020 striking Italy from my itinerary but naively believing I would be otherwise unhindered. 2 weeks later I was in lockdown in Munich.

Since then my journey has meandered, paused, and doubled back as Covid restrictions and border closures required.

On the way I’ve been robbed, contracted covid, and had a gun pulled on me. I crossed the highest pass in Austria, visited empty Venice and spent the winter in a remote Macedonian border village.

I’ve slept in monasteries, ancient tombs, and after pitching up in the dark, woke to find myself on the edge of Europe’s deepest canyon.

There, in Albania, I was quite possibly the first fully loaded cyclist to cross the mountains via goat trail from Girojaster to Korçë. 18months and 15000kms later I arrived in Istanbul, but the journey doesn’t end there.

Difficulty Score
Climb
70
Surface
70
Weather
40
Safety
70
Essentials
My iPhone is my most essential piece of equipment, my msr hubba hubba tent has served me well over the years.. everything else is pretty replaceable
challenges
Finding couchsurfing hosts in smaller towns
63
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I will in a fixed AU$100/week which is pretty comfortable throughout the Balkans (whilst free camping) daily a bürek and fresh ayran are cheap and filling. I was rarest more than a few hours from a shop.

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I almost exclusively wildcamped. There are few warm showers hosts in the Balkans. Monasteries we generally welcoming places to sleep, abandoned buildings inland, and on the beach at the coast. Hostels in Bulgaria are affordable; $5-10/night.

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It is possible – and I believe ethical – to travel at this time. Stall holders in the grand bazaar are desperate for the return of tourists missing while Turkey is on many country’s red lists.

So long as we take proper precautions, follow the guidelines, keep abreast of the ever changing situation, and spend money in the local economy then it can be an incredible opportunity to see Europe’s heavily touristed places without the crowds

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THINGS TO SEE ALONG THE ROUTE

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  • Bavarian villages
  • Venice Slovenian lakes and mountains
  • Croatian island hopping
  • Montenegro’s black mountain
  • Albanian wilderness
  • Bulgaria’s historical cities
  • Greek ruins and islands
  • Istanbul’ bazaars
  • Parque nacional de Doñana
  • El Rocio
  • Sevilla
  • Cordoba

MY EXPERIENCE

Touring during the pandemic has completely altered the way I travel; it’s taught me to slow down, and go with the flow. While I still always have a plan, I’m a lot more ready to change it as the situation requires.

hels on wheels

Full time global hobo since 2004, by bike since 2017. Travelling the world on AU$100/week creating vlogs, blogs, and photos as I go.

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Cycling The Iceland Divide https://cycloscope.net/cycling-iceland-divide https://cycloscope.net/cycling-iceland-divide#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:05:36 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21873 Cycling The Iceland Divide 550 Km From Akureyri to Vik Bicycle Touring with Edoardo Bernascone If you like desert, harsh and dramatic landscapes and you like to challenge yourself with tough weather and bad roads than you are in the right place. Cycling through Iceland is not a joke and you have to be well organize in terms of food and gears, but once you are ready is totally rewarding and you will be cycling in unique and incredible wilderness. […]

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Cycling The Iceland Divide

550 Km From Akureyri to Vik

Bicycle Touring with Edoardo Bernascone

If you like desert, harsh and dramatic landscapes and you like to challenge yourself with tough weather and bad roads than you are in the right place.

Cycling through Iceland is not a joke and you have to be well organize in terms of food and gears, but once you are ready is totally rewarding and you will be cycling in unique and incredible wilderness.

Difficulty Score
Climb
50
Surface
30
Weather
20
Safety
100
Essentials
Food for at least ten days
Warm sleeping bag
A tough tent
At least two lighters
challenges
Push the bike in the sand.
Pitching the tent under the rain Headwind
50
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Iceland is creazy expensive. I carried all my food from Italy. 20 portions of dry risotto with different taste, 30 bars and 1 kg of oats.

During all the trail there are no points of resupply, so you have to carry all the food since the beginning. There are 3 refuges where you can have a very expensive meal but no way to resupply (Nyidalur camping, a restaurant before entering in Landmannalaugar area and the Alftvan hut).

Consider also to carry gas or fuel for at least 10 days. I was carrying two gas canister. Easy to find and buy in Iceland.

Water is drinkable and easy to find almost everywhere, just make sure to be far enough from farms, especially in the beginning of the trail. Few times i was using a MSR water filter when the water was a little sandy.

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I did wild camping most of the time. Inner Iceland is like a huge campground, just make sure to find a spot safe from the wind.

In the first part of the trail there are also some mountain hut where you can sleep and take a rest from the wind, some of them are really nice and comfortable (Two of these huts are not for free and you should leave the money in a small box inside). Outside the trail i slept in some campsite, price is between 15 – 20 Euro.

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Be sure to be you and your bike enough good in shape. I have been cycling alone most of the time with anyone around especially in the first part till I reach the road F26.

There are no easy detour and if you brake or damage something, in your bike or your body, you have to get out with your own energies.

In few sections you don’t have good phone signal but in general it was better than expected considering the remotness. I would suggest strong rims for the bike (I broke 2 spokes) and big tires, at least 2.40.

I was using 2.10 and I had to walk most of the sandy sections. I download this track from Bikepacking.com and I followed the route completely. You can find useful informations also there

I’m not encouraging breaking the law, but bear in mind that this sort of trip where you spend most of your time by yourself or in the nature is much safer than staying in a city, no matter how anti-social you might consider yourself.

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THINGS TO SEE ALONG THE ROUTE

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Iceland is not famous for historical sites or cultural stuff but nature is unique and great. You will see: The untouched wilderness Endless lava fields The biggest glacier of Europe and the fourth of the world, The Vatnajokull.

Mountains entirely covered by moss in the area of Landmannalaugar The puffin bird once you arrive in the city of Vik by the coast


MY EXPERIENCE

It was my first time in Iceland. I was very skeptic at the beginning as it was looking to me very touristic especially in the summer months.

I was happy to realize that I was wrong, most of the tourist stuck on the coast and on the ring road (the only tarmac road) and few of them take the offroad to reach the earth of Iceland.

Even if it was only few days I had the feeling to be really far away like the Pamirs in Tajikistan or Ladakh in India. This was Iceland to me: the closest place to feel far

Edoardo Bernascone

The worst day on a bike it’s way better than the best day in the office. With this idea in my mind I set off for a long trip: from Mongolia back to Italy crossing most of Asia, Middle East and Europe

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Cycling Andalucia and the Spanish Southern Coast https://cycloscope.net/cycling-andalucia-spain-southern-coast https://cycloscope.net/cycling-andalucia-spain-southern-coast#comments Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:34:46 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21817 Cycling Andalucia and the Spanish southern coast 1684 Km From Valencia to Cordoba Bicycle Touring with Alessandra Croce Escaping months of growing Covid frustration, I have hit the road this first (of many?) bike and couchsurfing trip in Southern Spain. Beautiful coastlines, lush valleys, breathtaking mountains, stunning canyons, quiet lakes, seas and oceans alike have been my delight and companions in what have been the discovery of some of the most rich and various region I have ever visited. Despite […]

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Cycling Andalucia and the Spanish southern coast

1684 Km From Valencia to Cordoba

Bicycle Touring with Alessandra Croce

Escaping months of growing Covid frustration, I have hit the road this first (of many?) bike and couchsurfing trip in Southern Spain.

Beautiful coastlines, lush valleys, breathtaking mountains, stunning canyons, quiet lakes, seas and oceans alike have been my delight and companions in what have been the discovery of some of the most rich and various region I have ever visited.

Despite the pandemic, I was hosted 75% of the trip, and had the chance to share conversation, food, thoughts and stories with some truly amazing and inspiring people.

The route, built following advice from friends, locals and the irreplaceable planning app Komoot, brings you across cities, seaside and countryside, hitting all major urban and natural sights of the region and guaranteeing a very balanced combination of landscapes ─ a necessary requirement to keep away any potential boredom of long term solo-pedalling. A truly wonderful bike trip that I just couldn’t recommend high enough!

Difficulty Score
Climb
80
Surface
80
Weather
90
Safety
80
Essentials
Komoot, electrolytes and vitamin supplements, multi-position handlebars, sunscreen!!!
challenges
Finding couchsurfing hosts in smaller towns
83
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Both food and water are very easy to find. I think there are no stretches of the trip where you would have troubles finding a bar or restaurant to have a snack or refill your bottles. I was self-sufficient in my cycling days and found out that 1.8 lt of water were enough for my needs. If you plan on cooking though, you obviously need more.

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As I planned to do my trip during the Covid pandemic, I had doubts about my accommodation plans. An overly positive response to some requests I’ve sent around before the beginning of the trip have convinced me that the Couchsurfing community was as welcoming as ever.

I have therefore decided to travel as light as possible and not carry around a tent, and have ended up being hosted 75% of the time, the remaining 25% choosing the cheapest hotel or Airbnb option.

I had plenty of options because of the peculiar moment I was travelling, but do always ask if you can bring inside your bike. 95% of hotels/Airbnbs are accommodating, but you don’t want to accidentally find yourself booking one the remaining 5% at the end of a long day of cycling.

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An interesting thing I have found out during this trip is that, although you are not allowed with your bike on motorways (and rightly so), in Spain alongside each motorways are the “Vias de servicio”, which are paved or gravel service roads running parallel to each way. Although cars are allowed riding on the vias de servicio, I have seen by far more cyclists than cars on them.

They are not ideal for a quiet and relaxing pedalling, but they are very good if you have to get straight to your destination. Should you want or need to bring your bike on a train, bear in mind that only the “Media Distancia” or the Cercania trains allows you to bring your bike without having to dismantle it. Have a look to this page for details of how you can travel in Spain with your bike.

Hopefully we should be back on a “normal” lifestyle soon, but if you are hesitating hitting the road because of any regional or provincial travelling restrictions, bear in mind that I have never been stopped and questioned by the police in the full 2.5 months my trip has lasted.

I’m not encouraging breaking the law, but bear in mind that this sort of trip where you spend most of your time by yourself or in the nature is much safer than staying in a city, no matter how anti-social you might consider yourself.

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THINGS TO SEE ALONG THE ROUTE

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  • Valencia & Parc natural de l’Albufera
  • Altea
  • Guadalest (detour)
  • Cartagena
  • Cabo de Gata & Playa de Monsul (detour)
  • Desierto de Tabernas (detour)
  • Capileira
  • Granada
  • Caminito del rey (Ardales)
  • Ronda
  • Tarifa
  • Playa de Bolonia & conjunto arqueologico Baelo Claudia
  • Vejer de la Frontera (detour)
  • Parque nacional de Doñana
  • El Rocio
  • Sevilla
  • Cordoba

MY EXPERIENCE

This trip was far and beyond my highest expectations, especially in the weird times I have ended up travelling.

In southern Spain, and in Andalucia in particular, I have found anything a traveller would hope for, including mouthwatering (and cheap!) food, welcoming and generous people, an impressively rich culture, fascinating traditions alongside gorgeous vestiges of the past, and, maybe most important of all, an outrageously beautiful landscape.

And the list is far from being exhaustive. So what are you waiting for to hit the road yourself? 😉

Alessandra Croce

A self-proclaimed urban explorer, Alessandra has an endless thirst for people’s stories and a boundless passion for travelling. After several years developing the left side of her brain, she eventually quit her scientific job to fully dedicate herself to her wanderlust and her artistic and creative passions.

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How to Cherry-Pick The Best MTB Winter Jacket- Detailed Buying + Review Guide https://cycloscope.net/best-mtb-winter-jacket https://cycloscope.net/best-mtb-winter-jacket#respond Sun, 12 Sep 2021 09:37:50 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21798 Winter is here. Are you getting your cycle to roam around the hills? Hold on a minute! Have you got the best MTB winter jacket to ride freely? Read the article for the six best options. Those who are passionate about cycling can’t give up on it, whether it is melting summer or freezing winter. Cycling in summer still sounds logical, but what about the winter? Don’t you think you will need to layer up yourself to stand against the […]

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Winter is here. Are you getting your cycle to roam around the hills? Hold on a minute! Have you got the best MTB winter jacket to ride freely? Read the article for the six best options.

Those who are passionate about cycling can’t give up on it, whether it is melting summer or freezing winter. Cycling in summer still sounds logical, but what about the winter? Don’t you think you will need to layer up yourself to stand against the breezy winds?

To be honest, layering up is not the solution. You need to get the best MTB winter jacket to enjoy your rides comfortably without getting freeze.

6 Best MTB Winter Jackets

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ARSUXEO Winter Warm UP MTB Jacket

Best MTB Softshell Jacket

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  • Material: 85% polyester, 15% spandex
  • Front and back pockets
  • Zipper enclosure
  • Available in six colors

With wind and water protection, the out-ranking softshell MTB jacket we have for you is by ARSUXEO.

The fabric of this softshell winter jacket comprises three layers. The top layer is the windbreaker. The second layer is waterproof to keep you dry. And the third layer is soft warming fleece for engulfing sensation.

The drop tail elastic hem design offers a snug fit and evades air from entering the jacket. Not forget to mention the pockets. With one front zipper napoleon pocket and one back pocket, you can carry your items wherever you want.

The material is extra soft with a warming sensation. ARSUXEO is not perfect for cycling only but is the ultimate option for all winter outdoor activities.

Pros

  • Extra soft with a snug fit
  • Water and windproof
  • Front and back pocket
  • 3-layered

Cons

  • Less breathable


Przewalski Cycling Jackets for Men

Best Windbreaker

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  • Limited edition
  • Material: 82% polyester, 18% spandex
  • Available in five colors

Before discussing the features, one thing you need to know is; this jacket for men is a limited edition. So before it gets out of stock, make sure to grab one and make your winter adventures more adventurous.

This softshell winter MTB jacket is breathable in construction. Under the arms & on the back, breathable fabric is present that absorbs sweat efficiently and keeps you dry.

A full-length zipper offers a cozy fit. The ergonomic design up to the neck protects it from breezy winds. Overall, the jacket is lightweight to offer transcendent ventilation.

The two-layer system breaks wind and water. The side zipper pockets are deep to keep hands warm.

Pros

  • Ergonomic design
  • Two warming layers
  • Breathable fabric
  • Skin-friendly fabric

Cons

  • Misfit size


INBIKE Winter Men’s Windproof Thermal Cycling Jacket

Worth Buying Mention

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  • Material: 100% polymer
  • Imported quality
  • Skin-friendly fabric

If looks are what compels you to fall for a product, then INBIKE winter men’s cycling jacket is what you need. Premium in quality with skin-friendly material, this MTB jacket is definitely a worth buying mention.

INBIKE men’s jacket has a 3D cut to fit the human body perfectly. The lines and curves are super comfortable for winter outdoor activities like running, jumping, cycling, and jogging.

The side cross pockets are adopted with mesh material for breathability and warmness. The stand-up collar covers the neck and protects it from nibbling by the zipper.

The polymer fabric, along with the fleece lining, keeps your body warm and comfortable. The built-in high permeability prevents excess sweat production and keeps you comfy.

Pros

  • Drop tail design with elastic hem
  • Side cross pockets with mesh material for ventilation
  • A perfect option for winter activities
  • Skin-friendly fabric

Cons

  • Zip quality is poor


ARSUXEO Men’s Winter Cycling Jacket

Best Packable Winter MTB Jacket

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  • Zip enclosure
  • Material: Polyester and spandex
  • Fleece Softshell design
  • Available in six colors

The next best MTB winter jacket that cements its place on this list with its top-notch quality is non-other than ARSUXEO men’s winter cycling jacket.

With elite three-layers and a drop tail elastic hem ergonomic design, ARSUXEO is super comfy and sensational to wear for winter outdoor activities. The three-later system prevents water, stains, and air. The second layer is breathable to absorb excess sweat.

Moreover, four zipper pockets are present to store belongings effortlessly. The material adopted in the pockets is meshed to keep hands warm. The stand-out collar keeps the neck warm with soft edges to prevent zip irritation.

On the top layer of the jacket, reflective elements are present to enhance the nighttime visibility.

Pros

  • Thermal jacket with water protection
  • Four zipper-deep pockets
  • Snug fit
  • Stretchable material

Cons

  • Not a durable option


BERGRISAR Men’s Winter Softshell Jacket

Best Budget Waterproof MTB Jacket

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  • Four pockets
  • Breathable fabric
  • Windproof

BERGRISAR outwear BG011 is a decent mention on this list. At pocket-friendly rates, this jacket is a life savior for a tight budget.

The style of this jacket is zip enclosure with a stand-out collar. The three-layer softshell fabric makes this jacket stand against breezy winds, moisture, stains, and other harsh weather conditions.

The drop tail design with elastic-fit offers a decent fit and warmness. The full-lengthened cuffs are ergonomic in design and comfy in sensation.

A total of four pockets are present, with three back pockets and one chest napoleon zipper pocket. Besides that, the mesh adopted pockets offer ventilation.

Pros

  • Three-layer softshell fabric
  • Drop tail ergonomic design
  • Lengthen cuffs
  • Reflective element

Cons

  • Poor zip quality


Qualidyne Men’s Cycling Running Jacket

Best Waterproof MTB Jacket

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  • Detachable sleeves
  • Hood design
  • Waterproof fabric

The most out-ranking feature of this MTB winter jacket is the detachable sleeves. A hidden and convenient zipper is present to detach the sleeves. Using it, you can convert the jacket into a vest.

A total of two layers are present. Outer is waterproof, and inner is foam layer for a snug fit. The back design is breathable for quick dry and prevents sweat production.

Two-sided large zipper pockets adopted with mesh fabric are present. Along with that, a hidden back pocket is also present. The stand-out collar clings to your neck and keeps it warm throughout the ride. The hood is hidden in the collar.

Pros

  • Packable
  • Hidden pocket
  • Detachable sleeves
  • Hidden hood

Cons

  • Three-layer could be better


Closing Thoughts!

With the best MTB winter jackets mentioned above, make sure to enjoy your ride throughout the winter.

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Exploring the Maltese Island of Gozo by Bike https://cycloscope.net/gozo-by-bike https://cycloscope.net/gozo-by-bike#respond Mon, 23 Aug 2021 09:25:56 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21750 Gozo is easily accessible from Malta thanks to a short ferry journey, and with the new SIBIT cycle route, it’s never been easier to take in what the island has to offer. One could be forgiven for not instantly thinking of bike touring when considering a visit to the Maltese islands in the southern Mediterranean, with their sandy beaches and picturesque coastal towns. This may now be in the process of changing thanks to the EU initiative known as SIBIT, […]

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Gozo is easily accessible from Malta thanks to a short ferry journey, and with the new SIBIT cycle route, it’s never been easier to take in what the island has to offer.

One could be forgiven for not instantly thinking of bike touring when considering a visit to the Maltese islands in the southern Mediterranean, with their sandy beaches and picturesque coastal towns. This may now be in the process of changing thanks to the EU initiative known as SIBIT, or the Sustainable Interregional Bike Tourism project.

Thanks to investment by this organisation the Maltese islands are home to three new long distance cycle routes. Of the three, two are on the mainland of Malta, and the third, which we’re looking at in detail today, is a new circular coastal route around the second largest Maltese island, Gozo.

Like Malta, Gozo has a fascinating history and culture that dates back to remote antiquity and it is home to beautiful scenery as well as several vibrant hillside and coastal towns. Gozo is easily accessible from Malta thanks to a short ferry journey, and with the new SIBIT cycle route, it’s never been easier to take in what the island has to offer.

Għajnsielem

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The route begins in the town of Għajnsielem, right by the Mġarr Harbour that receives incoming ferries from the Maltese mainland. This small settlement lies on the south-eastern edge of Gozo. Its name translates as “peaceful spring”, a reference to the public baths built in the region during the 1700s.

Qala

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From Għajnsielem the cycle route then begins to snake its way around the coast in a westerly, anticlockwise direction up into some rocky hillsides where the village of Qala is situated. The major attraction of Qala is the region of coastline below the village, known as Ħondoq ir-Rummien. It is home to deep water caves with clear water that is very popular with scuba divers and snorkelers.

Nadur

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From Qala the route begins to head northwards to a high eastern plateau, on which is situated the small city of Nadur, the second largest settlement on Gozo. Nadur has a reputation for its many bakeries that offer a wide range of pastries, cakes and Maltese delicacies.

Xagħra

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The trail then begins to move westward along the north coast of Gozo, where you will reach the next stop of Xagħra. This village’s principal claim to fame is as the home of some awe-inspiring prehistoric sites, the Ggantija temples. These are situated inland from the route by about 2km and, along with Malta’s Tarxien, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra sites, form the world famous Maltese temple complex, all of which were constructed before the great pyramids of Egypt.

Marsalforn

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From Xagħra the trail heads further westward to the town of Marsalforn, a popular holiday destination with a nice selection of beaches and hotels as well as a bustling nightlife thanks to its numerous bars and restaurants.

Żebbuġ

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The route then begins to climb once more up to the settlement of Żebbuġ, a name which translates as Olive Trees. In the past this region used to have a reputation for its olive groves, though much of this industry has now left Gozo. What remains, however, is an enduring tradition of artisanal lacework, with skilled workers crafting these intricate textiles for sale in the tourist trade.

Għasri

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Next stop is the small village of Għasri on the western coast of the island. It is home to the Giordan Lighthouse, a 180 meter tall lighthouse that was completed in 1853. The top of this lighthouse offers spectacular views of Gozo, as well as the Maltese archipelago in the distance.

Għarb

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From Għasri the route heads to its westernmost point, the village of Għarb, a word which translates from Maltese as “West”, denoting its geographical location. Għarb is well regarded for its beautiful plaza that is home to a museum of Gozitan folklore. In addition to this, the region is home to the highest point on the island, Ta’ Dbieġi, a hill rising to an elevation of 194 meters above sea level.

San Lawrenz

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Now on the way to the village of San Lawrenz, the route begins to head due south as we make our way back to Gozo’s southern coast. With a population of about 700, San Lawrenz is one of the smallest settlements on the Maltese archipelago and has retained much of its traditional culture and way of life. San Lawrenz also adjoins the Dwejra nature reserve, which is home to numerous impressive coastal rock formations.

Kerċem

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We then head inland a short way to the village of Kerċem, nestled in the Lunzjata Valley. Kerċem is one of the oldest continuously settled regions on Gozo, with archaeological evidence pointing to human habitation in the valley dating back almost 7000 years. Further excavations also point to the presence of some Roman constructions, including catacombs and former bath houses.

Rabat

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Next stop is the capital city of Gozo, known alternately as Rabat or Victoria. This latter name was given to the city during a period of British occupation in the late 19th century. In spite of this, locals predominantly refer to the city as Rabat. As the capital of Gozo, Rabat serves as the nexus for the island’s cultural life and activities. It is home to several beautiful churches and other attractions, including the Villa Rundle gardens. 

Sannat

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From Rabat we come once again to the southern coastline and the village of Sannat, considered a particular area of natural beauty on Gozo with a rich variety of plant and animal life. Sannat is also home to high cliffs from which you can take in beautiful views over the sea towards Malta.

Xewkija

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The trail concludes not far from where we started, near Għajnsielem in the southern village of Xewkija. This settlement is vibrant due to being nestled in between the port of Għajnsielem and the capital Rabat. It’s major claim to fame is it’s church, the Rotunda of Xewkija, otherwise known as The Church of Saint John the Baptist. It serves as the spiritual seat of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a catholic religious order descending from the Medieval Knights Hospitaller.

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The Best Travel Water Filter and Purifiers https://cycloscope.net/best-travel-water-filter-purifiers https://cycloscope.net/best-travel-water-filter-purifiers#respond Sun, 15 Aug 2021 14:17:29 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21720 If you’re planning a tour where you won’t see a tap for days, a water filter is a critical piece of equipment. Here The Best Travel Water Filter and Purifiers We’ve all been there “Can you drink the water?” And well nothing breaks your touring plans like a few days hugging a toilet or even worse a trip to the local hospital. So if you’re planning a bike tour where you won’t see a tap for days or hitting Asia, […]

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If you’re planning a tour where you won’t see a tap for days, a water filter is a critical piece of equipment. Here The Best Travel Water Filter and Purifiers

We’ve all been there “Can you drink the water?” And well nothing breaks your touring plans like a few days hugging a toilet or even worse a trip to the local hospital.

So if you’re planning a bike tour where you won’t see a tap for days or hitting Asia, Africa or Latin America a water filter is a critical piece of equipment.

The water filter industry has developed massively in the last few years and there are now a bewildering array of considerations to make and styles to choose from. So we’ve done the work to make sense of it all for you.

As a cyclist you can find yourself purifying everything from your Tanzanian hotel bathroom water to a muddy Indian Canal.

The filter itself does most of the work and gets most but unfortunately not all microscopic life out of your water. The basic situation is there are big micro bugs like Amoeba and Bacteria that are relatively easy to filter out but viruses are just so small that it’s a technological challenge to filter them out and your filter won’t catch them.

The good news is that 99% of the bad stuff in water are amoeba and bacteria so usually that’s enough. If you do want to stop viruses then you need a purifier. Purifiers come in many forms, chemical, UV light and super-fine filters being the most common all of which have their pros and cons.

All the microscopic stuff you’re cleaning out of your water is slowly blocking the microscopic pores in your filter, and that means filtration gets slower and harder. Some filters try to send it back out the way it came with a back-flush. These can be either built in or come as a syringe, and extra item to carry.

Pumps

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Our first water filter was a pump. You pump water through a filter and get as much water as you want when you want it. They’re usually a bit bulkier and a bit more effort, but give you maximum control. Pumps also, well, suck.

We don’t mean all that hard work pumping, or actually maybe we do, but they also suck up the water from anywhere, direct from the stream, that bucket or your spare coke bottle. This frees you from the need to have just the right bag.

MSR Guardian Purifier Water Filter

  • Filters 1 litre in about 40 seconds
  • Weighs about 0.5 kg

The MSR Guardian is the ultimate Pump but it doesn’t come cheap. It’s sturdy, self cleaning and most importantly it purifies. If you want to weep at the cash register once then reliably have clean water for month after month, year after year, no matter what, this is worth considering.



MSR MiniWorks EX Purifier System

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So you want a pump but you don’t want to pay $350 for the Guardian. The miniworks does the basic job of cleaning water under most circumstances but it’s not going to purify.

Instead to earn its `”purifier” label it comes with chlorine tables which of course mean your’re going to need to keep buying them. It’s perfect when you mostly don’t need to purify then adopt a two part solution of tablet or UV for the rare circumstances you do.



Katadyn Hiker Pro

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  • Filters 1 litre in about 50 seconds
  • Weighs about 0 4 kg

Katadyn is MSR’s rival and the hiker pro is a decent budget option. It has a reputation of being great for filtering clear water but lacking a back flush system but can clog up on murky water. It’s doesn’t purify.



Squeeze

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Squeeze is the new pump, basically instead of pumping you fill an input bag and squeeze the bag and out comes clean water, simple. The down side is high pressure in plastic bags is a disaster waiting to happen.

Sawyer Squeeze

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  • Filters 1 lt in about 40 seconds
  • Weighs about 0.6 kg including back-flush syringe.

The Sawyer squeeze is the classic squeeze device. It does what it does well, and reliably on long trips but it doesn’t purify but its rated down to 0.1 micron which good for a non-purifying device.

The device itself has a reputation as being solid and reliable, the biggest problem is the input plastic bags, the things you physically squeeze and they’re what’s likely to break then your device is useless.

At least they’re light, bring spares. It comes with a special syringe to back-flush the device, and on longer tours your should carry it.



Gravity Filters

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Gravity filters take away all the hard pumping and squeezing and instead with gravity filters water flows from a top bag through the filter into a bottom bag.

They’re great for setting up at your campsite and just leaving them do their own thing but because they take more time they’re less good for that quick stop by a stream to refill your water bottles.

Sawyer 1 Gallon Gravity System

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  • Filters 1 litre in about 2 minutes
  • Weighs about 0.12 kg

If you want a gravity system that will fill your bottles at your campsite that can double as a squeeze system for a quick “give me my water now” refill on the road then this is your ideal product.

Sawyer finally realised that other companies were providing adaptors to turn this squeeze filters into gravity filters and so they produced their own. You get 1 Gallon (3.78 L) water bladder to hang from a tree or your handlebars, with the hose at the bottom that connects to a variation of the standard Sawyer Squeeze Mini with an output hose to whatever you’re trying to fill.

Like any gravity system you’re dependent on a gravity style bladder with an exit hose at the bottom and they can break the road, you probably should bring spares but they’re light.

They claim to filter to 0.1 micron which is on the line for viruses but they don’t promise virus removal. You might want to carry tables or a UV pen if you’re expecting some seriously bad water.



Platypus GravityWorks

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  • Filters 1 litre in about 40 seconds
  • Weighs about 0.3 kg

The Platypus GravitWorks lacks the flexibility of the Sawyer system but if all you want is a gravity system, then it’s a better gravity system than a Squeeze that also does gravity – it’s faster and more durable. Even if you buy the Sawyer system, buy the Platypus bags.


UV

UV light kills bacteria and viruses. Eventually. So the idea is to stick a UV light in your water and wait about an hour and everything should be dead.

Pros is they purify without chemicals, Cons is the time, no guarantee of making it to the deepest darkest corners of your water bladder and it adds another device to your already crowded device charging list.

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti

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  • Filters 1 lt in about 90 seconds
  • Weighs about 0.2 kg

A UV product like SteriPen should kill all bugs in your water but it’s not going to clean dirty water. It’s great for bottles and smaller bladders but it may not purify everything in the biggest water bladers and it takes time.

A full charge (4-6 hours) should last for about 30 – 50 L of water. One bulb is supposed to last about 8000 L. So if you need to purify and don’t want to put chemicals in your drinking water and you think you’ll have reliable electricity then it’s a good option.

It can also be part of a strategy where you filter with something else most of the time and you want an occasional full purify option for the worst water.



Bottles

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Bottles are popular with cyclists but not necessarily the first choice for touring. But if you really want a bottle or want something multi use for travelling, hiking and cycling then there are some interesting options.

They’re quick, you drink straight from the bottle using the energy of sucking or squeezing. But they’re only for drinking and are one per person.


Check out our guide about the best water bottle for cycling


Grayl Geopress

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  • Filters 1 lt in about 30 seconds
  • Weighs about 0.5 kg

The Grayl Geopress has some serious pros and cons. First it purifies. In fact it has the highest quality purification of any item on the list, and also successfully removes heavy metals from truly bad water.

That makes it an option if you really care about your water quality, particular ly when you trust your night water source but just want to purify road water or when you want a two device filter and purify strategy.

The cons are it’s a bit on the heavy side and the cartridges are rated to about 350 uses of the 750 ml bottle or maybe 200 litres, and they cost about $30 each. Long term that adds up plus Grayl is a new startup so there’s no guarantee on future cartridge replacements.



Katadyn BeFree

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  • Pretty much instant
  • Weights about 50 grams

The BeFree is a reliable lightweight bottle, that filters but doesn’t purify. The filter is essentially a super bottle top that screws into a bottle and then squeeze and drink.

And it’s standard enough that when, not if, the original bottle breaks your can just switch to another regular bottle. It should last about 1000 litres.



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How to Start Your Own Cycling Club https://cycloscope.net/how-to-start-your-own-cycling-club https://cycloscope.net/how-to-start-your-own-cycling-club#respond Tue, 03 Aug 2021 09:40:20 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21504 Have you gathered a bunch of cyclists? Then maybe it’s time to start a cycling club, so you can organize your training and maybe involve new members in the sport. Are you tired of always cycling on your own? Do you want to share your enjoyment of cycling with others? Then you should consider starting your cycling club. This will be the perfect meet-up occasion for your shared interest: cycling. Together you can organize weekly trips on your local routes, […]

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Have you gathered a bunch of cyclists? Then maybe it’s time to start a cycling club, so you can organize your training and maybe involve new members in the sport.

Are you tired of always cycling on your own? Do you want to share your enjoyment of cycling with others? Then you should consider starting your cycling club.

This will be the perfect meet-up occasion for your shared interest: cycling. Together you can organize weekly trips on your local routes, or you can even organize cycling vacations, where you would create a mini peloton on the roads.

Does that sound appealing? Then read this article. We have gathered some tips for you if you want to start a cycling club.

Pick the right name

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Nothing gives an identity to a team like a good name that can bind anyone together. Thankfully, you don’t need to have your club named after your sponsors like the World Tour teams.

You can pick whatever name you think will be suitable for the riders, your values, your aims, or other things you think should be reflected in your name.

But finding the right name can be difficult. If you want to ease up the process you can use an online name generator to get the right name for your new cycling club. You just fill in the keywords that will describe the uniqueness to you guys, when you’re cycling together. Whether you’re cycling for a stop at the bakery to see some beautiful nature, or to lose some kilos.

Find matching shirts

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It’s quite breathtaking to see a bunch of guys cycling together in matching clothes. It adds unity to your group wearing the same uniform, and it will make sure that no one’s breaking the unwritten dress code for the roads.

You can probably find a quite good offer on nice quality matching shirts with your team’s name written on the shirt. Are you looking for some inspiration? Then you can look into a rating of the best cycling clothes.

Share your routes

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It’s core for your cycling club to ride together, have a fixed meet-up spot, and regular timeslots for training. Within the club, you can share the best cycling routes you have found. That will give great inspiration to the other riders for new, amazing rides.

And if you upload your results to the Strava app or Komoot, you can compare your results with other riders and even professionals doing the same stretches.

Plan a cycling vacation

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Nothing will bring you together as a group like a shared journey focused on cycling. Pick a shared combination to either visit some of the iconic territories of Europe or new, breathtaking sceneries of the cycling world.

Split your journey up to multiple stages. Maybe you can even be competitive with a little bunch sprint when you arrive at your destination.

That can give you your points competition, so one of you guys can have the honor of wearing the green jersey.

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Britain’s Olympic Cyclists – meet the future. https://cycloscope.net/britains-olympic-cyclists https://cycloscope.net/britains-olympic-cyclists#respond Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:41:21 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21495 Who are the future British Olympian cyclists? Team GB’s cycling team have more than pulled their weight at the Olympics over the last two decades, bringing home scores of golds, silvers and bronze medals. Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Becky James have all been shining lights of the British Cycling’s recent success. But what comes next? Who are the future British Olympian cyclists? 1.   Ben Tullet Ben Tullet is a promising cross cycler and brother of Dan Tullet, […]

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Who are the future British Olympian cyclists?

Team GB’s cycling team have more than pulled their weight at the Olympics over the last two decades, bringing home scores of golds, silvers and bronze medals.

Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Becky James have all been shining lights of the British Cycling’s recent success. But what comes next? Who are the future British Olympian cyclists?

1.   Ben Tullet

Ben Tullet is a promising cross cycler and brother of Dan Tullet, a former winner of the 2017 Junior World Championships. Since he was three years old, he has been riding a bike, declaring that this is truly a “family sport” for him. He has ambitions at the Tour de France but first once to make his mark in the cross grouping.

2.   Georgia Holt

Georgia Holt is a 20-year-old cycling talent and also studying for a biomedical science degree at Manchester Met.

She has been on record discussing how she has yet to make the squad, meaning the funding she receives from Entain goes a long way to improving her nutrition and gives her more track time.

Entain is a gaming company and owner of big names like Ladbrokes and PartyCasino. They have been committed to helping promising athletes by providing funding through SportsAid. Balancing an Olympic dream and a degree is not easy, but it’s made easier through SportsAid.

3.   Harriet Harnden

Harriet Harnden is another promising female cyclist with some big wins already under her belt. As recently as December 2019, she won the National Trophy race for the second time in as many years at a very muddy York track.

Still, under 23 years old, Harriet has strong technical ability making her a genuine contender for an Olympic pick in the future.

4.   Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn pipped Ben Tullet to the finish line of the Junior National Title but has identical thinking to his opponent.

Sean also believes succeeding in cross is his first step to achieving more significant things in other formats of cycling. He especially enjoys racing on the continent to improve his physical and mental game. 

But you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy cycling the continent. Check out these ten incredible European cycling routes!

At what age do cyclists peak?

Unlike other sports, cyclists peak later into their 20s and sometimes in their early 30s.

Despite the sport being extremely physically demanding, many cyclists peak later in their 20s because there is a lot of tactical knowledge and experience needed to perform consistently throughout a season.

What are the five types of Olympic cycling?

The Olympic Games includes a variety of cycling events. There are four main categories of Olympic cycling, namely track cycling, road cycling, BMX freestyle, BMX racing and mountain biking.

Many cyclists compete in multiple events, including individual and team events. Track and road cycling events have been a significant part of the games since they began back in the late 19th Century.

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