• Road Race Gravel & Pave Results/Video 2018

    There are some cycle road races (rad rennen) that I look forward to on the road race calendar. (this page was updated on June 24) What all have in common is a touch of the ‘Roubaixesque’ about them, each event features non-tarmac sections and for me this offers races that cannot be called routine. There are… Continue Reading

  • Road Race Gravel & Pave Preview 2018

    Off-Piste Cycling (this page was updated on June 30) Listed below are races that I look forward to on the road race calendar of which some are well known and others not so much. What all have in common is a touch of the ‘Roubaixesque’ about them, each event features non-tarmac sections and for me… Continue Reading

  • Thunder Crit 3 – Fixed Gear London

    I came to London in the late eighties and soon found myself involved in local politics including housing issues, and I enjoyed some great times with anarchists who sometimes weren’t really sure why I would talk about cycles, not political cycles but the pedal version. It was in 1994 when I and a group of… Continue Reading

  • Crystal Palace, London Circuit Races

    ‘If you can race at Palace you can race anywhere’ – I was told that when I first got involved in cycle sport in London. Crystal Palace is a park in the south London borough of Bromley which was once the home of the Crystal Palace, the star of the Great Exhibition held during 1851… Continue Reading

  • Tour d’Energie 2018 – Jedermann

    Germany has a strong cycle race scene covering the same territory as the UK with the addition of a good following for cycle football and artistic cycling. For us in the UK the idea that something is a ‘hobby’ is a bit like being told that something is ‘nice’, such words can be construed as… Continue Reading

  • Paris Roubaix Rad Rennen – Media Wars

    Paris Roubaix is a race that attracts me because it goes ‘off-piste’. In the present era media giant SKY Television has built its global reach upon football, the sport was the lynchpin of the SKY satellite TV business model and it revolutionised how football and sport in general is financed. Cycle sport also had a… Continue Reading

  • International 2017/18 Cyclo Cross

    Results and video links to UCI rated cyclo cross races unless otherwise stated. The big issue being geo-restrictions on content. 2016/17 Season – 2015/16 Season February 25 Internationale Sluitingsprijs – February 25 The final international cyclo cross race of the 2017/18 season was the Internationale Sluitingsprijs held at Oostmalle, Belgium. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ3O2yTH1tU Elite Men 1 Mathieu Van Der… Continue Reading

  • London 2017/18 Cyclo Cross Pics and Video

    Video and Picture links for the Kinesis UK London and South East 2017/18 Cyclo-Cross League. 2016/17 League – 2015/16 League – London/SE Cross Website Kinesis UK London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 1 Round one of the Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League (and Rd 1 of the Sussex League) held at Stanmer Park… Continue Reading

  • Cyclo Cross at and abandoned Velodromes

    When so many years ago Good Friday Track Meeting promoter Graham Bristow organised a cyclo cross race at Herne Hill Velodrome in London approximately 25 people turned up for what was quite good fun. Since then cyclo cross has become British Cycling’s largest growing cycle race discipline and this is mirrored across the world including… Continue Reading

  • Lost Velodromes – dash for cash

    English Victorian’s seem to have invented everything, whether this is true is debatable, but what we can say for sure is that they were mad on sport. Historian Christopher Hill described it as the ‘World Turned Upside Down’ – the period when the UK moved from an agrarian economy to being one of manufacture and… Continue Reading

  • International 2016/17 Cyclo Cross

    UCI rated cyclo cross races unless otherwise stated. The big issue being geo-restrictions on content. 2015/16 Season Upcoming races (results & video links yet to be added) That’s it for the season. February 19 2017 Internationale Sluitingsprijs – February 19 The last international cyclo cross of the season held at Oostmalle, Belgium. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ajkDLIWSk (Bit of both races) Elite… Continue Reading

  • London 2016/17 Cyclo Cross Pics and Video

    Video and Picture links for the London and South East 2016/17 Cyclo-Cross League 2015/16 League – London/SE Cross Website Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championships The London Cyclo Cross Association Team Championships held at Great Walstead School, Sussex on February 5 and promoted by Crawley Wheelers – GO THERE Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 13 The thirteenth… Continue Reading

  • London Lost Cyclo-Cross Courses

    The London Cyclo-Cross association came into being in the 1950’s and a league has run ever since, although in the 2000’s we added ‘South East’ to the League title as many races are not actually held in London. In those early years it was oh so much simpler for the LCCA to promote at venues… Continue Reading

  • Hackney GT Beastway MTB Series Round 1 2016

    The first round of the Tradervan/Hackney GT Beastway Mountain Bike Series held at Redbridge Cycle Centre, NE London on Saturday April 9. Grassroots MTB racing that has run for 24 years and after being a member of the ‘Tyranny’ that organised the series for 19 years, it was great to attend as a ‘civilian’. Lots… Continue Reading

  • Eastway London 1975 – 2006 Ten Years Gone

    2016 marked the 10th year since the last season of events were held at the Eastway Cycle Circuit when the beloved cycle venue was wiped away with the holding of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Opened in June 1975 the Lee Valley Eastway Cycle Racing Circuit celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2000 and few would have… Continue Reading

  • International 2015/16 Cyclo Cross

    International 2015/16 Cycle Events with a hint of dirt. Those shown are UCI rated races unless otherwise stated. February 24 2016 Masters Waregem Cyclocross 2016 The evening of madness, bunny hopping and racing held mid week on February 24 and the close of the 2015/16 cyclo-cross season. Video: http://sporza.be/permalink/1.2582070 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgwZdoXiPxo Elite Men 1 Sven Nys 0:29:57 2… Continue Reading

  • London 2015/16 Cyclo Cross League

    Video and Picture links for the London and South East 2015/16 Cyclo-Cross League Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championships The Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championship held at Great Wanstead School, nr Haywards Heath, Sussex on February 7 2016 – GO THERE Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 15 Round fifteen no senior races –… Continue Reading

  • Poking Bart Wellens in the Eyes

    A string of professional cyclo-cross stars raced toward me, as I, with camera in hand, got ready to shoot – ‘Click’ went the shutter, ‘flash’ went the bulb and at that same moment Bart Wellens’ crashed to the ground screaming, “I can’t see, I’m blind, I can’t see”. Fellow riders flew to his aid and I… Continue Reading

  • Koksijde World Cup Cyclo-Cross

    The ‘Vlaamse Duinencross’ is a much loved round of the UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross series and is held at Koksijde, Belgium in the Autumn. Koksijde is situated near the popular holiday resort of De Panne, close to Dunkirk, Eurotunnel and the Channel Ports making it a magnet for UK fans. If you are yet to visit a… Continue Reading

  • The worst cyclo cross event in history

    The worst cyclo cross event in the history of all things – Round 9 of the London and South East Cyclo Cross League 2014/15. Rain fell and fell and fell and fell…. turning Wivelsden Farm into first a mud bath, then a swamp and then a river of water that flowed freely along the whole course. Senior winner Jonathan… Continue Reading

  • 19 Years and Out – Beastway Grassroots MTB

    For 19 years I, Rod, Andrea, Tig, Bill, Grahame, Sarah, Ray, Gary, Andrew, James and scores of others ran the Beastway MTB Series in London, but in 2013 we called it a day, Nicknamed ‘Beastway’ because it was a bit of ‘Beast’, we as the ‘Structureless Tyranny’ enjoyed almost two decades of turning out in… Continue Reading

  • Belgium Cross Experience 2008

    Belgium is the heartland of cycling, especially cyclo-cross and much of the action is accessible to us Brit’s from the channel ports or the Eurotunnel. So I and Julian from London’s  Cyclefit did so in 2008. Belgium Cross Experience It may be a running British joke to try to name a famous Belgian and although the… Continue Reading