Get Well Soon James!

Just a little note to say “GET WELL SOON YOU F**KING HERO” to a girls’ best friend, JR. Some knuckle-head driver knocked old Jimmy-SM off on the commute and now he has a mashed up collarbone. Look on the brightside James, your shoulder is gonna be PRO with all that shiny metal pinnage in. And dont forget, Blame = Claim = New Fraaaaaaame!

JR, Waller Pain Day 2012

A Few Good Rolls

And its back in business. Neglecting the bike over the first few months of 2012 in order to complete a charity half marathon, these past few weeks its been ‘All about the bike’ again. And what a welcome return it was! I enjoyed a handful of really good riding, catching up with friends and feeling a world more comfortable pushing it, thanks in no small part to going and getting my feet sorted out at Cyclefit. 

 A nice hilly tarmac chase in Surrey to ease me back in the game with the sartorial guru 
We took an undiscovered turning and found a peach of a climb on a SMCC roll
Which then turned into a sick 2k bridleway/gravel track. Perfect for a Flanders day ride!
At the weekend I rode my 3rd HOTN with Rowlandi. Great fun, read about it here
And i spent some time sucking this guys wheel in RePk apres work – I dont actually know him but he looked pretty damned pro. So thanks for the cheeky draft I was getting 😉

Winter Rider

On a quick blast to Richmond Park a couple of weeks ago I caught the wheel of Dr J > I thoroughly enjoyed the chilly but brisk lap we shared, catching up as we turned the pedals. Winter Jerseys at the ready (in 2010 navy obv), the icy air and sparsely decorated trees provided a beautiful backdrop to some hazily lit steady winter riding. Beats the turbo anyday! 

Winter Miles

Iv been pretty spoilt for weather and riding this past few weeks, with some really mild winter days making for some fabulous base mileage, pootling about before the intensity work begins in Feb! I had the pleasure of riding with Portland’s finest, mister Jeremy Dunn himself, as well as joining some cool people to rack up those important conversational paced rides…. long may the mildness continue, if I ever thought to myself id be riding in mitts in January id have thought that was barmy! Hope everyone is enjoying their January…

Nothing nicer than riding with a cycling newbie, biggup Jezza!
 Loving Prendas white oversocks, so PRO
 Suited, booted and not a cloud in the sky. Glorious!
 Portlands daddio of cool, J-Dunn himself. Was a pleasure to chase the tarmac with you man!
Putting in the base miles, couldn’t be happier right now!

Autumnal Miles

I had the pleasure of heading out for a nice long ride into Surrey this past Wednesday. The temperatures plummeted, and it was truly oversocks and glove weather. I also had the pleasure of putting the new Rapha Ladies Softshell through its paces, watch out for a full in-depth review in the next week or so. I enjoyed the spoils of a Bakewell slice atop of Box Hill as my reward. Happy to finally chalk up some autumn cup points as it were…

Surrey Dawn Raid

This morning myself and my two skids buds Dr Jones & RowRow hit the hills in Surrey for a ride. Riding over to Kingston to meet was pretty amazing due to the weather, Richmond Park was covered in a mystical-looking low fog around 7am, I could barely see a thing.
We decided upon a nice 130km route, foregoing the norm of heading out to cobham-whitedown-box hill. It was great to actually hit some new lanes, thoroughly enjoyed I have to say.
I think iv got this whole training thing backwards and actually peaked for the off-season… I found my legs with a boom today and hit them both with some cunning attacks early on the hills, taking a few scalps! Upon reaching Box Hill (New p.b attained…. whoop!) Dr J decided to be a madman and hit the lanes for an extra long solo loop, obviously taking his Exmoor beast training super serious! Jim impressed blowing us away for dust on the last few lumps, although it has to be said Row was never in contention with a hangover and a breakfast of leftover Subway (Must try harder).
My leg felt as good as its felt for the past 6 months, I still had a residual pain in my calf that niggles away, but the foot sensation seemed to have improved vastly, due to refining my cleat float and working on my posture I suspect. It was a great ride as my confidence is high and Im more determined than ever to avoid heading under the surgeon’s knife to fix my back discs, Im going to try and be more committed to physio and alternative solutions – such a perfect ride has me thinking that I don’t think I could bear to be off my bike for any period of time at the moment. I heart my bike.

Happy Birthday Bianchista!

Today I celebrate the first birthday of this humble wee blog. Started a year ago as a visual scrapbook for me to collect and share everything i found cool in the world of cycling, Iv seen it grow, both in readership and in the range of content that gets posted. Iv enjoyed the journey of meeting many like minded others and sharing in our love for all things pro cycling, bargainous schwag and stylish attire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the people who have supported the bianchista blog in many ways, Laura at Rapha, Claire from I Get Cross, Blogging guru Brian from the WMP, my boys in the skids CC, Mr S and many many more! Its been a brilliant year (not so much for my actual cycling thanks to the ever-continuing disc issue) and I hope that I can continue to bring you bits and bobs of interest for another year. So thank you all for reading….