Nürburgring Race

I recently had the privilege of riding the crazy 'Rad Am Ring' event for Rapha. Kieran had asked if i would be up for it during my visit the the cycle club Mallorca earlier in the year, and to be honest I thought he might of forgot. How wrong I was when the email came through with the details in July... no backing out now! The racing format was simply an 8 man relay around the Nürburgring race circuit... for 24 hours! We managed to come 4th out of 49 teams, not a bad feat when riding the bulk of it with only 6 bodies.
The vibe was amazing, haning out at the mobile cycle club and slowly poisoning my insides with an unhealthy amount of their nudie espresso's and generally enjoying some epic banter. Come 2 am those coffees were sorely needed. You can read a blog on the team and how we fared over at Rapha. I rode the acciaio as I couldnt bear to leave it at home and it miss such a special event, and im so glad I did. The thing truly excelled at cornering and descending. 
A huge shout out to Ben, Jack, Strefan, Florian and Michael for what was one of the most fun days/nights I have ever had. And so many thanks to Kieran for organizing such an amazing experience....(and the extra photos) alles klar! ;)
 Kieran leads us out on a reccy
 Pit Lane
 Jack brews up
 Ben awaits the transponder
 The relaxed handover
 Keeping warm
 attempts at sleep
 Banana boy
 Stefan of 8bar bikes
 Kierans recovery program
 The mist over Nurburg
 Jack does his best cheeky barista pose
 Ben makes a new friend
 The boss fires up the bbq
 Stefan waits for his lap
 Lost in Germany thanks to minimal trainline understanding
 Michael warms up
 Some race number adjustments
 Clocking up on the descent
 The rain starts
The ring. Beautiful


Rollapaluza Hill Climb Vid

Rich kindly pointed me in the direction of this, a video of the hillclimb I rode in. I can be found muscling up like a beached whale at 59 secs and boom smashes on up at 1min 22. Check it out...

Jersey Pocket

Below is my entry into Raphas Jersey Pocket project. Kind of like the Everday Carry/Burning House blogs, but... cycling related! Be sure to upload your entry onto their facebook page for a chance to win some sweet little treats.

Solo 70k out to Bushey/Stanmore then home to Castelnau.
Womens cream longsleeve
* Spare clear Jawbone lenses for changeable conditions
* £5 coffee stop kitty         
* Commemorative royal wedding oyster travelcard. In case of emergency il be basking in levels of untold patriotism as I shamefully take public transport
* Getty Press Card, should I find myself ensconced in (another) riot
* One solitary manky tasting gel, quickly substituted for a Cadburys Crunchie upon arrival at corner shop in Harrow
* Rapha Condor Club RR patch
* Nail polish for the cafe stop (girl has to multitask)
* Joker 'bike' card, found on the floor & given to me by a dear colleague on a trip to the township of Soweto in South Africa in 2010.



Spotted this beaut of a handbuilt steed over at Justin Spinelli's Luxe Wheelworks. I love everything about this bike, its understated aggression and the stealthy finish to it. A belter...


Dunedin, NZ Bound

At the end of the month, bianchista is being posted for a 2 month working trip to New Zealand to cover the Rugby World Cup 2011. Il be situated in Dunedin on the south island for a month, before heading up to Auckland to rendezvous with the remainder of the editing team to work the last 4 weeks.
I will be taking my bike (although which one is still to be decided!) and il be looking to ride on most days, bar the big game days. Should you be local to the area and fancy showing me the very best of your treasured local routes, please do drop me a line at the email address above. Also feel free to ping any garmin route files that may be of interest. Im currently digging out a plethora of warm fleece-backed lycra in anticipation of temps in the 4 degree range eek!

Driveway Time Trial

Disc Braked Condor CX Prototype

Modfather Socks

Prendas have dropped these little cheeky numbers, a brit-pack inspired sock in homage to Wiggos' recent victory at the British National Road Race. Brad is a bit of a mod-cycling hero and these socks look a treat. Scoop here for the bargain price of £6.50.

Pillars Of Italian Cycling