Training : : Back to the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire DalesI am back training in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend.  It’s always a bit of a treat as its some of the finest landscape in the country, with marvellous limestone formations contrasting with the heather clad moorlands and dry stone walls.  Lots of hilly route options and unpredictable weather can make for some perfect cycling to push outside of the comfort zone.

Ballistic hills, ice rain and headwind all combined for some challenging riding.

Route; Ilkley-Grassington-Malham-Hetton-Burnsall-Ilkley.

Highlight; Darnbrook Fell

Training : : Christmas Eve ride

Christmas Eve ride A long windy ride from London to Shakespeare’s birth place to see the family for Christmas.  The route passed through the Chilterns where I was lucky enough to see two Red Kites circling above lunch.   Brilliantly sunny day riding through the English countryside and I also happened upon a small village called Christmas Common!

Brutal headwind all the way and feet numb for the last 4 hours of the ride.  Rethink needed on shoes and socks for the colder days!

Review : : Sportful R&D Wind Jersey

Sportful Long Sleeved Wind Jersey

Sportful R&D Long Sleeve Wind Jersey

I recently acquired this jersey and it has now been put through a couple of hundred miles.

I love the luminous yellow mesh which conceals the Polartec Alpha fabric on the inside front panels. Wickedly breathability.

It performed amazingly on a Yorkshire training weekend two weeks where cold temperatures and bitter wind were accompanied by occasional rain showers. Not a waterproof jacket but light rain will bead on the surface rather than soaking in.

Where this lightweight jersey really excels is during brisk tempo on cold rides. During periods of higher output there’s great airflow and excellent breathability. The jersey will also dry out quickly getting you back into comfort.

Flexibility is the word which sums up this jersey.

Like the elasticated waistband and easily accessible side pocket (on addition to three regular).

This jersey is the first piece of my kit to make the | kit bag | for Cycle To MIPIM

Awarded | Kit Bag | for CycleTo MIPIM

Purchased from Wiggle