Nocturne – 9th June

The 2012 Smithfield Nocturne is almost upon us! info here

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Spring Training Playlist

A spring training spotify playlist. Let the weather go crazy, but like the wheels, let the beats roll….

The Healer – Erykah Badu
Love Me Like This (Nonsense Dub) – Floating Points
Cook, Clean, Pay The Rent (New House Version) – Teebs
Lost Where I Belong (Flying Lotus Remix) – Andreya Triana
Face Up (To Your Sensibilities) – Roof Light
Groove Me – Maximum Balloon ft Theophilus London
Seventy Six ( Sepalcure Remix) – Jack Dixon
Left Behind – Behling & Simpson
Ritual Union (Maya Jane Coles Remix) – Little Dragon
The Drop (Duke Dumont Remix) – LA Riots
LOST – Greenville massive

Tenspeed Hero

Im not sure why its taken me so long to stumble across the very excellent ‘Tenspeed Hero‘ website. Billed as an online cycling journal, featuring some fantastic photography and witty prose, Tenspeed Hero aims to, in their own words, “revel in the non sequiter and things often related to cycling”, and they really hit the mark for cool little snippets that may or may not be related to a love of all things two-wheeled. Head on over to their site and have an explore, im very glad I did.

A Couple of Reads

I recently picked up a couple of real nice books to enjoy over the festive period. First up is a wicked photo book chronicling the UCI World Cup Cyclocross season of 2009/2010 by a really awesome snapper, Balint Hamvas.

The format of the book is a great introduction to the world cup racing scene, with each round of racing summarised nicely in prose, with a bit of pre race background about the riders and their standings, before launching into a succint edit of great photos from that leg of the competition. 

The photos capture the real essence of the race, with some cool key moments. I also love that Balint shoots the ladies equally too, and he has some truly cracking pics of girls shredding it on the circuit.

This is a great little reference book, useful and enjoyable for both hardened mud fans and newbs like myself. I really hope Balint plans to produce one for this season which has been so far really cool to watch (its probably the first year iv bothered to follow the races and riders that much, being a self-confessed die-hard roadie). The book can be ordered from Balint directly, shoot him an email through his website

Next up is the unique offering from British bike stalwart, Condor Cycles, a beautifully curated collection of stories, history and ideology of the brand and their racing heritage. Entitled “Past, Present and Future”, the book serves up delicious anecdotes from such names as Eric Clapton, Jon Snow, Monty Young and Kristian House. Delving deep into the brands history as well as referencing the current rise in cycling popularity and exposure, the book serves as a perfect anchor point for all things Grays Inn Road.

The range of articles is great, and I was honoured to be asked to submit a short personal story for the book, and there are some other awesome personal customer stories, all unique and interesting, bound with the common thread of riding condors.

I love the inclusion of stories from all sphere of the brand, from racers, staff members, old school heroes , Mr J Herety himself, and a piece on the new-school resurgence of the steel frame (something condor have truly mastered in the acciaio IMO). Its a truly really interesting read, having dipped into it a dozen times since receiving a copy, I find myself going back to it for more stories again and again…

The book is priced at £15 and available instor or via telephone from condor or online at rapha.