Karl Roche

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Podiums at Mud, Sweat and Gears: Round 1

This is the first time we’ve been to MSG and it was a great one to debut at, the Olympic course from 2012 at Hadleigh.

Not such an early start as Gorrick and the sun was out, but as we all know the cold east wind was starting its march towards us. The location is rather nice, with a view over Canvey Island. With a few pop-up stands in the village area it was fairly easy to stay out of the wind and keep warm. Continue reading “Podiums at Mud, Sweat and Gears: Round 1”

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Bike test: Giant Propel, Advanced Pro 2, 2015

Duncan at Wallington Cycles tweeted me a couple of weeks ago, asking if I would I like a test ride on a Propel, as he had one coming in for a few days. Well, it would be rude not to.

Continue reading “Bike test: Giant Propel, Advanced Pro 2, 2015”

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Test ride: Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2

I’m certainly a fan of the Giant Defy – I have a couple. So when my local bike shop, Wallington Cycles, said they had one of the new Defy Advanced Pro’s for testing I had to have a go. Continue reading “Test ride: Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2”

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More Cycling Podcasts

A while back, I put together a list of my favorite cycling podcasts. Now there are a few more to add to that list. Continue reading “More Cycling Podcasts”

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Cycling podcasts

I clean my bike every week. It’s not the most expensive, lightest or fastest bike in the world but it’s mine and I like to take care of it. But cleaning can get a bit dull at times, especially in the winter and autumn when the weather isn’t so great outside. Continue reading “Cycling podcasts”

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First mountain bike race of the season

No sooner has ‘cross finished that mountain biking racing starts (does it actually ever stop?) at Gorrick. Kids like mountain biking but it’s much more a fun thing than cyclocross.

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That was cyclocross 2017/18

This year as CX season came to a premature end for us when the London League Team Champs were cancelled at the last minute by Walstead School. Looking back on the year though it’s been a much happier story. This is a story about my kids so switch off now if you’re not interested. This has a limited audience, I know. Continue reading “That was cyclocross 2017/18”

Fifth Floor London Summer Cyclo Cross 2017

Next round will be held at Frylands Scout Camp, 27/7. Details here

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The Fifth Floor London Summer Cyclo Cross series is held over four rounds in London.

The first at Jubilee Park, the next at Frylands Scout Camp, the third at Bekenham Place Park and the final at Herne Hill, the 1948 Olympic venue and the second oldest velodrome in the world.


Fifth Floor London Summer Cyclo Cross Round 1 2017

Senior action from the first round held at Jubilee Park, Leyton, London on July 20

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My first mountain bike races

My daughters first mountain bike races.. 2 on the same day. 1st and 2nd

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Yesterday I did my first mountain bike races.

The first one had a time trial, a hill climb and a race. Because I was fastest in the time trial I started at the back of the race, which was 6 laps, but I still won.

IMG_-lm9f0t On the hill climb

20170513_125716 Getting my medal

In the afternoon we had a much longer race, on a really tough course. It was over 3km.

20170513_140745 On the start line

We did two laps. I use a bike that my dad has hired from the club. It’s ok but a bit heavy.

20170513_142135 Me beating some boys

In the end I came 2nd girl and 4th overall.

20170513_151501 The podium with my award

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On Formula One drivers telling children to wear hi-viz

Great summary of how “safety campaigns” like this encourage drivers entitlement to the road and spread ideas to children that it is the task of those outside of cars to be seen, not drivers to look where they are going and watch out for other road users.

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I have tweeted about the current campaign by the FIA (the international motorists’ organisation) using Formula One racing drivers to tell children to wear hi-viz clothing when walking. It’s had a lot of re-tweeting and comments, not least directed at practitioners with a road safety remit . For some of us, this is just a matter of sighing that “you couldn’t make it up”. Others have argued that there is no evidence that campaigns like this will actually protect children. For many this is just a seasonal irritation – or even a partially useful intervention – to be accepted while we try to get on with the business of real road safety – reducing danger at source.

But we believe that this kind of intervention tells us a lot about what is going wrong – and what needs to change – if we are to have a civilised approach to…

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What is your councillor doing for cycling? — Get Sutton Cycling

This is a post I did on Get Sutton Cycling. Sutton has one of the highest car ownership rates in London. It is not very cycling friendly, yet it could be. The town is in a point of crisis with shoppers more likely to visit Kingston or Croydon. Why? Well, if you have to drive you may aswell drive somewhere else.

The council has done a lot of talking but there has been no action, save for a couple of shared footpaths in parks.

Only a couple of weeks ago, when we had that nice weather, I was outside with 15 kids, fixing the bikes they never ride because their parents don’t want them on the road. They spent 2 hours riding up and down a 100m track instead.

Click the article below to find out how to write to your councillor in Sutton.

We saw at the recent election for Mayor of London, nearly all the candidates got on board “Sign for Cycling” campaign. So what are our councillors doing to support this commitment to cycling? If you look around Sutton, you’ll be hard pressed to see anything change in regards to new cycling infrastructure. We have a […]

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Bike Test: Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 (2016) review

So my local bike pusher shop owner, Duncan at Wallington Cycles, has been giving me test rides on the latest Giant Bikes. Last one was the Propel, and before that the Defy Advanced Pro. He is a very bad man.

Today, I finally got a ride on the latest TCR Advanced Pro 1.  Not a bad looking machine and it goes pretty damn well too. Just a shame it wasn’t the middle of summer. Continue reading “Bike Test: Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 (2016) review”

Another cycling flashmob – Chris Hoy

Becoming a bit of theme in London these days. Read the full story on Cycling Weekly.

Road terrorists

You get a few close passes if you ride a bike for more than one day in summer. Riding to work takes the biscuit. Continue reading “Road terrorists”

Join the next Stop Killing Cyclist die-in, Nov 27 #NoMoreCoffins

The third annual die-in and vigil for people killed while riding bikes in London will be held later this month outside the TfL HQ on Blackfriars Road.
Continue reading “Join the next Stop Killing Cyclist die-in, Nov 27 #NoMoreCoffins”

Saddle sores slowing you down?

Eventually, most riders get them. The internet is littered with questions about getting rid of saddle sores. I know, I’ve looked through 80% of them. Continue reading “Saddle sores slowing you down?”

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