Vattenfall Cyclassics preview

The Vuelta a España might be underway but there are other WorldTour events taking place, including the one-day Vattenfall Cyclassics around the beautiful city of Hamburg. Indeed, it’s the only race of its kind at this level in Germany and, like a lot of the Classics-style races, is preceded by a number of amateur events for all age groups and abilities. Continue reading

Vuelta stage 1: Tailwinds take their toll in trying triple T

Stage 1: Vilanova de Arousa to Sanxenxo, 27.4km team time trial

Astana, with GC favourite Vincenzo Nibali, looked like a well-drilled machine as they crossed the line 10secs ahead of RadioShack to take this year’s first red jersey in a trying team time trial.
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The Musette: Tarta de Santiago

The opening five stages of this year’s Vuelta a Espana are in Galicia and include three summit finishes. Before the start, riders might well consider stopping off in the city of Santiago de Compostela to have their endeavours blessed – it can’t hurt.

Down at the cycling club it’s not uncommon to hold BBQs to thank our many volunteers and their families for their ongoing support as without their assistance we wouldn’t be able to hold our various events. I like to prepare from scratch the pre-BBQ nibbles, accompanying salads and all-important desserts. Of course, I also like proving to the French that us Brits can cook. I enjoy the challenge of mass catering. It’s as easy to cater for 100 as it is for ten, you just need to spend a bit more time on planning and preparation. Continue reading