• German Forest Waldweg Tight

    There is ‘London tight’ and there is ‘Roubaix tight’; this passed through my mind when after much bike preparation I hit the first stretch of pave at Troisville the first section of cobbles on the route used by the Paris Roubaix pro road race held in April. In the race the riders take in a… Continue Reading

  • Gravel Bike Goettingen

    I am an ex-London cyclist and now a Goettingen rider – I have a fondness for cyclo cross and gravel cycling. This webpage is about my German gravel, naturweg, Panzer Weg and road rides. This, I guess will be a narrative of sorts of my cycle life in my newly adopted home country. I would… Continue Reading

  • Mayday Ride – May 1, 2019

    Mayday is a public holiday in Germany and like most public holidays and Sundays retail life slows almost to a halt and it all seems a bit old fashioned compared to the 24/7 shopping fuelled frenzied lifestyles (and endless sales) which seem the norm in the UK. Except, even here in Germany there are those… Continue Reading

  • High and Low Ride – April 27 2019

    Where I go mad on a road bike… and I win Paris Roubaix. “Don’t play in the dirt it’s dirty” – an often used expression to curtail an action of an adventurous child, and if inculcated deep enough it could mean a lifetime of avoidance of all sorts of things. Thankfully I know that there… Continue Reading

  • Weekend Warrior, Bread and Butter Hunter

    There is, of course, something great about adventurers who strike out, often to the ends of the earth for long periods of time. Heroic as such adventures are, they should not put the day to day journeys on the ‘home front’ in the shade. In my years of living in London I have taken many… Continue Reading

  • YouTube and me

    I have been ignoring my YouTube channel for a while now ever since Facebook made posting video much easier and allowed good access to friends etc. Now I have renamed my YouTube channel Velo Klubhaus to reflect this (my) website. I shot my first video on November 13, 2011 at Stanmer Park, Brighton for a… Continue Reading

  • London Women’s Cycle Racing – 2010

    It soon became apparent that when going through pictures for a recent feature on the Smithfield Nocturne held in 2007 I could not find one picture of a woman racer. This got me thinking about the creation of the ‘London Women’s Cycle Racing’ league. The London Women’s Cycle Racing was formed in 2010 to offer… Continue Reading

  • Smithfield Nocturne 2007 – new order

    The first edition of the Smithfield Nocturne was held in June 2007 at the central London Smithfield meat market and a place of execution of ‘heretics’ in the 16th century. The event has now moved deeper into the City of London and has been relabelled as the ‘London Nocturne’. This event in 2007 marked for… Continue Reading

  • Hannover Cyclo Cross – the 6. IhmeCross 2018

    The 6. IhmeCross der RSG Hannover 2018 promoted by Radsportgemeinschaft Hannover e.V. and flanked by the Ihme River in Germany. Around the globe cyclo cross events have almost the same elements, of course a different spoken language stands out, but the general building blocks remain much the same. I bitterly wished I had seen the… Continue Reading

  • Night Time Cyclo Cross

    Cyclo Cross lends itself to the introduction of whimsy and cycle racing like many other sports can be enhanced in look and feel by racing in the dark under lights, an added nuance is that beer and food can add to a great evening out. For many, cyclo cross races at night offer a carnival… Continue Reading

  • HSBC National Trophy – Sussex Showground 2018

    Crawley Wheelers led by Doug Fox first promoted a London and South East Cyclo Cross League event at the Sussex Showground during the 2015/16 season. The venue soon became a favourite with its wide expanse of land, large car parks, great facilities, the commitment of a wonderful cycling club and a friendly host owner, we… Continue Reading

  • Crystal Palace Cyclo Cross Reborn

    The second round of the ‘Kinesis UK London and South East Cyclo Cross League’ of the 2018/19 season was held at Crystal Palace, south London organised by London Phoenix on September 16. Crystal Palace had been a ‘Lost Cyclo Cross Course’ since the mid 1980’s and therefore it was a very welcome return because the… Continue Reading

  • International Cyclo Cross 2018/19 Dates

    Cyclo cross has a deep, deep programme of events at a local, regional, national and world level. Each one of these races can often attract 500 or more riders, plus huge numbers of fans at some and below is a calendar of UCI registered races. The UCI ranks each race in status with CMM (World… Continue Reading

  • To bin or not to bin… my Roubaix

    Cycling is healthy and good for the environment, especially when compared to motor vehicles, but we cyclists shouldn’t be complacent or too smug as we do have a carbon footprint. We are all part of a consumer society that is gobbling up resources and disposing of them often thoughtlessly when worn out. I considered this… Continue Reading

  • Co-operatives and Brixton Cycles, London

    When I first came to London there were two cycle co-operatives trading, one was Mosquito Bikes and the other Brixton Cycles, whilst Mosquito forsake being a co-op in favour of a partnership many years ago and is now part of the Velorution chain, Brixton Cycles remains. Despite being in the south of London Brixton Cycles… Continue Reading

  • A good mental road

    I trained not to win races, although that would have been nice, but rather to be strong enough to ride and compete whilst having a ‘normal life’. And when I say ‘normal’ I mean being able to go out racing or riding without having to spend the rest of the time with my head slumped… Continue Reading

  • Epping Forest – Common Land

    Epping Forest is a Mecca for London cyclists and an area where access to the ‘people’s forest’ is seen as a birth-right. Well, it is now, but only after a fight. At the end of the 19th Century Epping Forest like other common lands, forests or heaths was in danger of being swallowed by London’s… 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

  • Box Hill – North Downs, England

    The 2012 Olympic Games cycle road races featured nine ascents of the Zig Zag road, better known as Box Hill, for the men and two for the women. It was intended that this North Downs climb would smash the race apart. Sadly, for the British team working for Mark Cavendish and despite setting the pace… 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

  • Cycle Pilgrim – North Downs, England

    The North Downs are a long line of green high ground to the south of London. The Downs have become a place of pilgrimage for cyclists on and off road and here you can find sunken roads, great views plus killer climbs – not a place for the pious rather a place for any cycling… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A2 – Cyclopark

    The 3rd January 2016 saw a heroic cyclo-cross race held when heavy rain fell and high winds lashed Round 12 of the London/SE Cyclo-Cross League at a venue that was created in 2012 on an abandoned section of the A2 road. Route 66 is an iconic highway that once spanned the USA and is probably the most famous road in the… 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 to 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… Continue Reading

  • Not For Military Use – Specialized Crux

    The Specialized Crux was an established cyclo-cross bike by 2013 ridden by many club and local riders. The Crux in its original aluminium, but ‘pretty in pink’ form won a World Cup cross in the hands of Zdenek Stybar. (Lievin 2012) The ally Crux has now been joined by a carbon version which is lighter and… Continue Reading

  • Paris Roubaix – 2012

    Homage to the Hell of the North Spring Classic Riding the bi-annual Paris Roubaix Sportive organised by VC Roubaix is a must do event and we cyclists are blessed that we can ride the very routes made famous by the top stars of our sport. The ‘Hell of the North’ Paris Roubaix Sportive follows the… 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