We just returned at the weekend from our trip to Girona.
We stayed with a group of 8 for a few days. Another group arrived on Wednesday for another few days when the others left.
Expect a couple of posts coming up over the next few days. We have plenty of photos from various cycling hot spots in and around Girona and – obviously – plenty of stuff to tell about the Girona cycling festival.
Last Saturday was my 5th London Bike Show anniversary (If there is such a thing). In my opinion the show has changed a bit and I am not sure yet if for the better or the opposite. What I still really much enjoyed was to have the chance to “touch” products you have so far just seen on social media.
This year I pin pointed exactly one brand that I wanted to learn more about…Atherton bikes.
I heard the Atherton’s were in town to display their new family brand. Especially the fact that metal 3D printing plays a large center point in the production of their bikes has sparked my curiosity! How is this going to look like!?
I am not an avid downhiller myself. I love riding off-road and I don’t fall off going down hill in a – let’s say – controlled speed. However I really enjoy watching other riders racing and I have a tremendous lot of admiration for the achievements of Rachel, Gee and Dan. This does not count just for the competition results as such, it is so much more that this family has achieved. To me they are basically the perfect picture of a very well functioning team, like a swiss clockwork. Working together to support one another, at the same time encouraging others to pick up the sport, waving the flag high for down hill mountain biking in a road cycling dominated cycle society and now starting their journey to disrupt the bike building industry with a technology known from aerospace and Formula 1.
I spoke to Ben Farmer, one of the co-founders of Atherton Bikes about the combination of an additive manufacturing process and carbon tubing and how you could build every bike made to measure for every rider due to the way these bikes are built.
If you are into this kind of technology you might have come across more technical articles about the process of Atherton bikes already. So please find below some of the shots I have taken at the London Bike Show of Dan Atherton’s P4.0 to add a bit of colour to the technical words you might have read already elsewhere.
Thanks again Ben and Dan for answering all my questions, walking me through the process and being utterly helpful. See you soon.
I am always looking forward to receive the next and newest edition of the Rouleur magazine. I love them for their photos and it’s just nice to have a couple of magazines knocking about on the coffee table. So obviously we had to pop round when we heard that it was Rouleur Classic time.
With a small team veloccino delegation in tow we started off from Wendover for a caffeine and hops fuelled journey into the big smoke to see what the fuss is all about.
The event was held in the Victoria House just a short walk from Holborn tube station. The location was almost perfectly setup for the occasion.
I felt the way the Rouleur classic was set up that it was very inviting to have quality conversations with the bike brand representatives and other like minded cyclists. Just as an example we got fantastic insights from Roberto of Titici Bikes into their unique bike geometry and the history of their brand. I will definitely follow their progress over the next couple of years.
What came a bit short in my opinion was the inspirational and adventurous part which makes cycling so special to many of us. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of beautiful displayed bikes, high-end components and top of the range cycling apparel but the connection to actually going out and riding your bike was imo somehow missing.
Overall I would say, yes we will come again!
Great concept, fantastic brands & people, a teeny bit too pricey beer BUT overall a lot of fun!
What is the best method of transport to travel up north to the Isle of Arran? We had no clue so we used them all. Well, kind of. Car to Airport, plane to Glasgow, Bus and Train to the harbour, jumping on the ferry over to the island, shuttle to the event village and a bit of walking in between…all with bike boxes in tow.
It was an early morning start for us to catch the 7.10 am flight from Heathrow. That was quite brutal to me, since I had my birthday the night before which we celebrated with a bike ride and a long evening in the pub. I didn’t feel great in the morning but it was a price worth paying for this legendary night before.
BA has a great offer in terms that you can take your bike as part as your normal luggage but have a very tight weight restriction of just 23kg. That might work well for a road bike but traveling with a a slightly heavier off-road bike can become a bit of an issue. However, we were prepared for discussion and somehow it worked out in the end. Couple of hours later we landed safe and sound in Glasgow.
The next stage for us was to take the public bus to Paisley Gilmore Street. From here we had to catch the train to Ardrossan harbour. I have to say this part of the journey was much easier than anticipated. The train fare is reasonably cheap and we had lots of space in the train to store all our luggage safe.
From Ardrossan harbour station everything was marked nicely by the Grinduro people, which made it very easy to find the registration point for the ferry and where to drop the luggage.
Excitement increased immediately when we boarded the ferry. That was the last big step to get to the Isle of Arran. It was great to see other Grinduro participants boarding the ship with their bikes and photographers and camera teams were around to take some shots. We were even interviewed by BBC Scotland, which felt great. I have some doubts that our parts will be making the cut though, we just looked so incredibly tired.
From the other side, the harbour of Brodick on the island everything was very streamlined, we just had to jump on the shuttle bus, to arrive a tad bit later in the Grinduro village of Llamlash.
First things first. We went straight to registration to receive the starter package, opened the first beer and made sure that we pitched the tents in a quiet corner. Everything was set and ready for the next day. Race day!