Rapha Ladies Ride – Tonight

Please join in on 31st March – the inaugural Rapha Women’s Thursday Evening Ride around Regent’s Park. This will be a social ride lasting approximately an hour, taking advantage of the lighter evenings, and is open to anyone (and is likely to finish with a visit to the pub).
Meet at 6pm outside the Royal College of Physicians on the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park, London
Google maps: http://bit.ly/fN8p0k

5 Days In Mallorca

I have recently returned from having spent 4 days last week riding out in Mallorca under the very wonderful tutelage of Kieran from Rapha Europe. Whilst there I whetted my appetite for my first mountain and European riding experience, I also fell in love with what can only be described as epic and lush scenery. Mallorca is a popular choice indeed for the cyclist seeking stunning climbs, screaming descents and smooth tarmac. Every time we turned a corner we were greeted by a host of road riding enthusiasts and amateur racers seeking training miles. Whilst visiting I climbed Sa Calobra (a more in depth blog on this will be penned this week, watch this space), Cap Formentor a few times (twas situated very near to the hotel) and the Lluc. I based myself at the Hotel Sis Pins in Porte Pollenca, where the Rapha Cycle Club is situated. Its worth mentioning anyone interested in booking to stay here can get 10% off their rate when mentioning rapha. The cycle club was a great little hangout held group rides in the morning and race screenings in the afternoon, all washed down with copious amounts of latte machiato’s and sensational ensaïmada pastries. The food is great, I enjoyed paella, fabulous lamb at Tolo’s and a nice bream with the lovely london boys. The weather was really changeable especially on the descents, but I managed to get a few hours of lovely sunshine to warm my pasty shade. IMay I extend a very special thanks to Kieran for being such a fabulous guide and great riding partner, and also Alex, Jack & Lars for many a giggle over dinner…

Hotel Sis Pins sea-view
Such a fabulous view!
My bike was treated to pro level storage
 A busy afternoon at the cycle club
 Latte Machiato, superb!
 Allez Lars!
 I punctured and stopped in this layby, cant complain!
 Kieran taps out the pace
 Karen attacks on the group ride to Sa Calobra
 Cap Formentor
 The view from Cap Formentor
 Trying to keep up with Julian on the Cap
 A very stylish Alex riding easy
Phipsy & Julian pull away for some big-ring shenanigans
The cycle-club group ride peloton climbs
Hard not to love this place….
Lars makes some adjustments
Myself & Julian posing for a pic at Cap Formentor
Outrageous cake stop

Hiatus

Advance apologies, as from tomorrow il be off to Mallorca to ride for a week, meaning bianchista updates will be thin on the ground. Upon my return I hope to have some nice images and features to share with you, including a write up on the pop up cycle cafe out there. In the meantime may I suggest the following web portals as a recommendation for you to get a hefty fix of all things bicycle. Enjoy!

Tohoku Ride – London

The RCC club is running an open ride in aid of the recent disaster in Japan. 2 rides of 110k & 85k will be lead from the meeting point below. If you plan on attending the ride please visit this link and kindly make a donation, which Rapha will match.

Meeting point: Barnet Cinema EN5 1AB

Date and time: Sunday 20th of March at 9am

Distance: 100km (with a lunch stop around the halfway mark)

Route: Hertfordshire/Essex

Pace: Steady, with a no-drop policy – ie. the group rides to the slowest rider.

Ride leader: Dominique Gabellini

More info here