Cyclist – a new magazine worth subscribing to

Last year on a whim I bought a subscription to cycling+ and I can’t for the life of me think what crappy free gift made me jump in. It seems every month bought the same crappy review of new bikes, reviews of jackets and a relentless comparison upgrade ideology was peddled through its pages.
When we sold and moved I didn’t even bother notifying them although unfortunately the post redirection kept them dropping in.

I had also subscribed to Roleur and although every issue was a photographic gem I think the majority of articles were focused on the hardcore road rider racer fan and didn’t always engage me.

I chance across an American magazine called Paved which seemed to focus less on the equipment and racing but more on the passion. It focused on the bespoke and the strange and the passionate and although had a US focus I think for me it was the passion that got me and kept me engaged in every article.

I bought cyclist at the airport on my way to Istanbul and finally I think I have found something I want to subscribe to. This first issue had some equipment reviewed and some rides explained. They did a sweet article on hidden routes in Switzerland that made me want to go across the channel and hit the tar and the descents …. But it is the focus of articles that had me engaged. There was a great article explaining power metering and why it has a place in enthusiast fitness and training, there was revelation when I read an article on bike fitting and how I had been following the stereotype of fit all these years. It explained the benefits and gave advice on finding the right fitter for you. Best advice was that it wasn’t the bling fitting equipment but rather the fitter and experience that may be the biggest decision.

So magazine subscription here I come ……

Interval set me up

I love running; I hate treadmill workouts. Or, I should say, I hate running on treadmills when I’m at the gym, trying to log a few miles simply because it’s too dark, hot or icy to do it outside, and bored out of my mind. What’s worse is having to face that ugly sweaty runner in the mirror …..not pretty when there is no breeze on the gym.
Enter interval training: Practicing speed intervals on a treadmill keeps it from feeling so monotonous; for me, they make it a little more bearable. But only bearable. Enjoyable is not a word I would use often but this morning did 5 sets of 11kph/17.5kph sets ….. Quick spin on the bike afterwards to get rid of lactic and I feel positively bonny.

So why Interval Running and what does it do for you?

It seems like every day, a new study proves the five benefits of running intervals. From increasing endurance to improving speed and burning fat, incorporating intervals – or periods of intense exertion followed by periods of recovery – into your workout is one of the most effective forms of training around. If you’re ready to get started, keep in mind that a recent study of runners conducted by the School of Science and Physical Education at Esfahan University determined that running a few longer intervals is more effective than running more short intervals. If you still need a little motivation to begin, read on to learn about five benefits of running intervals.

  • Interval training increases endurance When you alternate periods of speed with periods of rest, you engage both of your body’s energy-producing systems: the aerobic and the anaerobic. The aerobic system uses oxygen to create sustained energy fueled by carbohydrates, allowing you to run multiple miles. The anaerobic system draws energy from glycogen stored in the muscles, which provides short bursts of activity. This process doesn’t require oxygen and results in the production of lactic acid, which is what makes you feel achy after working out. According to Dr. George Brooks of the University of California at Berkeley, running intervals develops both systems, forcing the body to create lactic acid during sprints and then allowing the body to break it down as use it as fuel as you recover, preventing muscle fatigue and allowing you to work out longer
  • You can improve your speed running intervals When you run intervals, you teach your body that it can run faster by making it run faster. You can’t sustain your fastest pace for more than a few seconds at best. By running fast for a short distance, allowing your body to recover, and then running fast again, your body starts to become conditioned. When you learn to run at high-speeds over short distances, you’re eventually able to sustain a faster pace over long distances.
  • You’ll burn more fat running intervals than you will running at a steady pace.Research presented by the University of New South Wales in Australia proved that incorporating speed intervals into a workout burns three times as much fat as exercising at a steady pace for twice as long. If you’ve reached a plateau in your weight loss effort, intervals could be the key helping you break through to achieve your goals.
  • Interval training enhances neuromuscular coordination.This connection between your muscles and your mind is imperative for balance and injury prevention. As previously mentioned, running intervals increases the body’s efficiency, allowing it to process and create fuel more effectively and to achieve faster speed. This efficiency optimizes muscle coordination, and gives you better control over your muscles, both conscious and subconsciously. This control allows your body to automatically adapt and maintain balance while avoiding injuries without even having to think about it.
  • Running intervals helps stave off boredom. No matter how much you love to run, there are always those days when lacing up your sneakers feels like a chore. Running past the same old landmarks or climbing onto the treadmills gets boring day after day, and interval training helps to mix things up. Use those familiar landmarks as sprint marks, or use the treadmill clock to keep time as you recover. Pushing your body to its limit will require all of your focus and determination – and boredom will be the last thing on your mind.


University of California at Berkeley

University of New South Wales

School of Science and Physical Education, Esfahan University

Did you have a good morning?

VSTR backpack travel bag

I am not one to review equipment that often but there is something about this bag that is very very very right. Currently away with a Northface duffle but had real hankering on lust when I saw this waxed canvas beauty.

This great looking backpack is the result of a collaboration between surf lifestyle brand VSTR and NYC creative studio Partners & Spade. Named the Nomadic Pack, the backpack was designed to withstand long periods of traveling, and is big enough to pack a lot of gear. The bag also accommodates an included detachable messenger laptop bag, and a lightweight stowable hammock. The bag will be available for purchase in June exclusively through Partners & Spade and VSTR online for $395.


Pharmstrong saga and fallout: An open letter from Greg LeMond to UCI president Pat McQuaid


Greg LeMond has called for the resignations of Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen. Gabriel Bouys | AFP

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond posted a note to his Facebook account Wednesday evening, calling for UCI president Pat McQuaid, as well as honorary president Hein Verbruggen, to step down from their positions. LeMond’s note was first reposted by cycling blog NYVelocity, which, along with, launched a fund for journalist Paul Kimmage to aid in his defense against a defamation lawsuit by McQuaid and Verbruggen; that fund on Wednesday surpassed $70,000. is posting LeMond’s open letter to McQuaid, lightly copyedited but in its entirety, here.

Can anyone help me out? I know this sounds kind of lame but I am not well-versed in social marketing. I would like to send a message to everyone that really loves cycling. I do not use Twitter and do not have an organized way of getting some of my own “rage” out. I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to f##k off and resign. I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling’s history; resign Pat, if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport.

Pat McQuaid, you know damn well what has been going on in cycling, and if you want to deny it, then even more reasons why those who love cycling need to demand that you resign.

I have a file with what I believe is well-documented proof that will exonerate Paul.

Pat, in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are many, maybe most, that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling; they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.

Pat, I thought you loved cycling? At one time you did, and if you did love cycling please dig deep inside and remember that part of your life — allow cycling to grow and flourish, please! It is time to walk away. Walk away if you love cycling.

As a reminder I just want to point out that recently you accused me of being the cause of USADA’s investigation against Lance Armstrong. Why would you be inclined to go straight to me as the “cause”? Why shoot the messenger every time?

Every time you do this I get more and more entrenched. I was in your country over the last two weeks and I asked someone that knows you if you were someone that could be rehabilitated. His answer was very quick and it was not good for you. No was the answer — no, no, no!

The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.

You can read all about Webster’s definition of corruption. If you want, I can re-post my attorney’s response to your letter where you threaten to sue me for calling the UCI corrupt. FYI I want to officially reiterate to you and Hein that in my opinion the two of you represent the essence of corruption.

I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to donate and support Paul in his fight against the Pat and Hein and the UCI. Skip lunch and donate the amount that you would have spent towards that Sunday buffet towards changing the sport of cycling.

I donated money for Paul’s defense, and I am willing to donate a lot more, but I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling. The sport does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen; if this sport is going to change, it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!

People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling — change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul Kimmage’s defense. (Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost the UCI’s bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change.)

If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is.

Don’t buy a USA Cycling license. Give up racing for a year, just long enough to put the UCI and USA Cycling out of business. We can then start from scratch and let the real lovers in cycling direct where and how the sport of cycling will go.

Please make a difference.

Garmin Fenix – gps in the city

Just a quick link – I will moan about my frustrations using the Fenix in the gym at another time but here is a quick track from a walk into the office this morning. It goes from a hotel – through narrow streets with 5 storey buildings and it was still able to track. Started the gps as i left the hotle and didnt stop walking – took about 1 min to get a fix and then tracked amazingly well. I dont think woods or trees or canyons are going to throw the track off too much.



the watch is also very comfortable to wear the straps are pretty fab – but it is chunky but doesnt feel much bigger than larger Gshocks, breitlings or Suunto’s …..

lying next to pencil gives you an idea of the height