Three Days of Milan - Passoni Factory Visit & TFR
Three Days of Milan
Just as the weather turned spiteful in the UK last year, me and Jules headed off to Milan on a two-pronged expedition. To visit the Passoni factory to overdose on titanium craftsmanship and also work with a few Trek Factory Racing riders at their Milan holding camp as the end of term loomed large.
When you have to leave you just want to go back, to be part of the boy’s journeys through and over continents in extreme weather in sickness and in health.
I feel I can call them boys - even Fabian - as I’m old enough to have fathered them; although if they were my offspring I doubt they would have become twenty eight of the world’s very best cyclists, maybe my namesake could have been my off-spring, but there’s no way my genes would have produced such plump and full-fruited mahogany coloured Vastus Medialis. I’m not alone in how I feel at Cyclefit we all care about the riders, Uncle Phil and Morgan (who’s only twenty six) worry about their welfare, seeing or hearing about a crash is like seeing your own child fall in the playground; Matthew’s repeated crashes in the Tour de France hurt us too, we wanted to be there for him, to nurse him and put him back on his bike and make sure he was OK before he went to bed, answer his questions before he turned out his light. We gather around the TV at HQ and watch the younger riders make their suicidal attacks on the decisive climb sent out as bait but deep down inside where their dreams are they hope they can stay away and so do we, we cheer them on as the gap to the peloton inevitably closes before the big boys ride past without a sideways look of recognition.
In November I had the opportunity to attend GPM10’s Girona Training Camp, two days of riding and power tests to prepare eager riders for their winter training and also the opportunity to get some sunshine and away from the greyness of the UK’s winter. To make the weekend in to something even more special BMC asked if I would like to try one of their Team Machine SLR01 bikes. It’s not often I get the opportunity to ride a test bike as I ride a 50 cm frame so I jumped at the chance.
Cervelo R5 v's Trek Emonda SLR v's Phil's Back
This One Hurts.
It is three years since I hit a pothole and spun over the bars. I have tried everything to recover.
I tell you this because I am almost entirely over not being able to ride a proper superbike up and down proper mountains. Almost over until I see a 2015 R5 pop up in the 2014 Tour being ridden 13k in the rain for a beautiful win by Ramunas Navardauskas on a bike that whose sole intention was to taunt me. Or that is how it feels.
The Frame is Nothing But The Chainstay
This article was written by genius ex-Cyclefit sports scientist James Hewitt. James left us a few weeks ago to run NASA but you can stay abreast of his prodigious cycling science output right here
THE SCIENCE OF STAYING WARM - JAMES HEWITT
Find out how can to regulate your body temperature, ride in more comfort and improve cycling performance this winter.
Through the year and even within a single ride, riders can be exposed to a wide range of environmental conditions. Temperature and moisture levels can fluctuate significantly between seasons and even within rides, due to changing weather conditions or through the impact of altitude. Also, whilst we often think about staying warm in winter, with many riders spending increasing amounts of time on the turbo-trainer and with the abundance of winter clothing available, it’s also important to avoid getting too hot!
In this feature, we explore how environmental conditions can influence cycling performance, health, comfort, explain how to minimise potential negative effects and even use the environment to your advantage!
December 2014 - Phil and Morgan work with Christina Siggaard from Matrix Vulpine. Photography by Huw Williams
Cyclefit v's Retul - FAQ's
We’re very pleased to let you know that we are now one of Vulpine Cycle Clothing London Dealers. It’s something of a departure for Cyclefit as we always focus on performance but clothing has to perform well on the bike even if you aren’t racing.