Just how many articles, blogs, vlogs and whatever else are out there following cyclists of a high level?…racing snakes. It’s all about how they went for a ‘steady café ride’, holding 5w/kg or how they are spending the full winter in Calpe riding mountains.

Now I want you to ask the same questions, but about the everyday rider, commuter, and club socialist?

Not many, is there!

The good, the bad and the ugly – you are going to hear it all. An ongoing diary of my experiences as an overweight, 29-year-old (no that’s not middle-aged to you juniors) cyclist who is delving into the world of racing.

We will be covering race reports, local club riding, training, lots of miss haps and my never-ending addiction of spending obscene amounts of money on small pieces of lycra and carbon.

Initially, people have said; “why on earth would someone want to see or read about that”. I kind of agreed, but after shedding a little tear in my garage, riding on a bike yet not going anywhere and talking to people through a virtual world – I mean why not?

It took me a long time to build up the courage to make the ‘spin’ (see what I did there) into joining a local club, where I didn’t know anyone, was at a very low level and all because of the perception which is given. You must be 60kg, lean, ride nothing bigger than a 56 bike and have all the gear to be involved.

That is not what it’s all about, it’s about developing your love for a sport, building up relations with others of similar interest and what would argue is the most important – giving back to the sport we all love.

Hopefully, you will keep updated, and learn a thing or two or get the confidence to join a club or at least have a good laugh at my mistakes. First two race reports to come very soon…It wasn’t pretty. Chapeau

We look forward to seeing you there!

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