Ride the Rapha Festive 500km

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I was emailed about the Rapha Festive 500 today:

Challenge yourself to ride the Rapha Festive 500 this holiday season. Complete 500km in the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and document your story to win incredible prizes, including a Moots bicycle built to your specifications.

I love the concept of this, although my chance of success would be tiny!

This is why you should never celebrate winning a race early

We’ve all seen people do it: whether it’s cycling, sprinting or long-distance running, the leader of a race will often start cheering before they’ve crossed the finish line in anticipation of their sweet victory.

But it’s a risky game to play. In the clip above, filmed at the end of Britain’s Via Roma Cirencester Twilight Criterium, lead cyclist Jamie Wilkins begins celebrating just before he reaches the finish line — and then the guy in second zooms past him and takes the win at the very last second.

Pay close attention to the man on the sidelines in the green t-shirt — the way his eager cheering changes to a look of horror as rival Jamie Penton pretty sneaks the win pretty much says it all.

Velo Birmingham – closed road 100 mile sportive

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Birmingham will host a 100-mile closed road sportive next September, with 15,000 cyclists expected to take part.

Details of the event, Vélo Birmingham, are being kept under wraps for now, with the official launch taking place at the Cycle Show at the NEC on Thursday 22 September.

If you want to be one of the first to know about what’s planned, you can pre-register now on the Vélo Birmingham website.

Martyn Ashton – Down Not Out, Mountain Bike Party

Down but not out. That phrase is important to remember for any of us after suffering an injury. Fortunately, most injuries are less serious and require less time off the bike, but every once in a while there are those that aren’t so quick and easy to come back from. Martyn Ashton knows that better than most. After establishing himself as a world trials champion, a crash left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Fortunately for Ashton, his friends made sure he was only down, but not out. While he still doesn’t have full use of his legs, the ability to ride a lap down the Fort William Downhill World Cup course was made possible thanks so some special equipment…