the year that was: some of the not so good bits of 2013

by Kate Smart   Now that we have all stuffed ourselves so full of food, we can barely reach for the remote control, it’s time to restore balance again by taking the time to reflect on those parts to the 2013 cycling season that didn’t quite make last week’s highlights list.   Bike helmets out … Continue reading the year that was: some of the not so good bits of 2013

2013: Kate Smart’s Review

by Kate Smart It’s that time of year when we reflect on the year that was. So, in no particular order, and, at times, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, here’s my two cents worth of the moments in the 2013 cycling season that I enjoyed the most.   Cyclists with magnificent hair As I’m … Continue reading 2013: Kate Smart’s Review

2013 Taiwan KOM Challenge

whooP! what a week that was. i was fortunate enough to be asked to represent the Taiwan Cyclist Federation as their Foreign Rider & Media co-ordinator during the recent 2013 Taiwan KOM Challenge. this involved having to host the official opening ceremony at about 2 hours notice, dealing with stress levels that went almost as … Continue reading 2013 Taiwan KOM Challenge

CP on the World’s again, on The Roar

this article originally appeared on The Roar _________________________________________   There was a moment in Sunday’s World Championships with only about a quarter of the mammoth race left to go when I caught a glimpse of Simon Clarke sitting at the back of a whittled lead pack, all alone and doing his own thing. Whereas Clarke … Continue reading CP on the World’s again, on The Roar

the skinny on the Mongolia Bike Challenge, part 2

Ulan Baatar, Mongolia, my 4th day in the country, three days before race start... Proper Gonzo... ‘leave the apartment door locked,’ read the text from the owner in the morning. ‘we overbooked, I think an angry person will come today.’ 'huh', I thought. that is not good. in any case I was heading out to … Continue reading the skinny on the Mongolia Bike Challenge, part 2

Mongolia Bike Challenge: Days 3 & 4

ah, found em! MBC: Tales from the Knobbly Side, Part 2     Day 3: 53km, elevation unknown Rumors round the dinner tent of rain and dropping temperatures brought a sense of dread to the competitors of the 2013 Mongolia MTB Challenge, as ahead of us the next day lay 148km of slog through rivers … Continue reading Mongolia Bike Challenge: Days 3 & 4

Mongiolia Bike Challenge: Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 2

*day 3 & 4 seem to have escaped my computer, apologies...! straight to Stage 5 then... Day 5: 90km, 1,655m elevation The mornings! Man, they’re killing me, the alarm goes off and the eyes open in gluey slow-mo, stuck together with some kind of primordial substance that ekes itself out of your marrow, squeezed out … Continue reading Mongiolia Bike Challenge: Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 2

Mongolia Bike Challenge – Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 1

this race report was supposed to be on VeloNews.com but they seem to have forgotten about it, so here it is for your reading pleasure, or not, as the case may be. this is not the 2nd part of 'the skinny' - this is just the racing part stuff. cheers! _________________________________   Day 1: 120km, … Continue reading Mongolia Bike Challenge – Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 1

the skinny on the Mongolia Bike Challenge, part 1

it started with a chinese man feeling my penis and ended with a search for drugs through my luggage. in between there was illness, near-hypothermia, food poisoning, a few punches to the face and a death threat, zero romance and a whole lotta pain. what did i take from all this? that i am a … Continue reading the skinny on the Mongolia Bike Challenge, part 1