18 September 2014

Manning manning up.

Konrad Manning's been taking on the 3 peaks since 2003, and, like all of us, has a special place in his heart for the race. This includes the inevitable
The final run in to the event - billed as the world’s toughest cyclocross race - is the period most full of doubt, apprehension and soul searching. Even an experienced ‘Peaks’ racer cannot afford to take the race lightly as it will viciously expose any weakness in your fitness or race machinery.
In an update to his rapha.cc 2011 article, the CYCLOCROSSRIDER.COM editor gives a lovely flavour of what the 3 peaks cyclocross is to someone from the outside world.

17 September 2014

Scarsbrook tyred out

Simon Scarsbrook's third blog on the Cycling Weekly blog concerns, amongst other things, probably the ultimate and most discussed ritual equipment obsession on the 3 peaks: tyre choice.

Rubber fetishists love to discuss tyre in 'cross - myself included - to incredibly obsessive degrees and forsaking any non cyclist in the room.  But the 3 Peaks has a tyre obsession that could fill a blog of its own. Nice in a niche in a niche stuff.

As Simon summarises here on his blog 
"Any tyre is a compromise. The parcour of each peak is so different, and then there is the tarmac in between. Ideally something with grip, with a good central ‘ridge’ to aid rolling resistance on the road, strong sidewalls, but not too heavy."

03 September 2014

Simon Scarsbrook sets the bench mark for Simon Fell

In a brilliant follow-up to his earlier blog about being a bit demotivated this year, Simon contemplates the simulation approach for training for your Simon Fell ascent if you're a flat-earth dweller:
  1. use a garden bench, or construct something sturdy of the same height (around 50-60cm height)
  2. with your bike on your shoulder, step up and down for 20-40 minutes (swapping your ‘leading’ leg every five minutes or so)
Chuck in a few wry Yorkshire folk telling thee to dig in and you have the perfect preparation..! Read Simon's blog here on the Cycling Weekly site

Crossjunkie's Planet X 3 Peaks guide - part 3

In this last part of the series on preparing for the 3 Peaks, Alan 'Crossjunkie' Dorrington looks at nutrition for the day and how to ride your race to get the best result you can.  A fantastic step by step at the end to prepare the mind...

Onto the road and more eating and drinking. Keep it going here, but don’t bury yourself. Penyghent is still to come. Turn off onto the Lane in Horton and unless you are on for well under 4 hours, watch for other riders coming down. Look at them enviously.
Read his great article here

Crossjunkie's Planet X 3 Peaks guide - part 2

Published in early August on the Planet X site, Alan 'Crossjunkie' Dorrington writes that, for the select 650 given a ride in the 3 Peaks Cyclocross this year, training should be going well.
"Getting out and about off road may have focussed the mind on the physical challenges inherent in the race, but also perhaps on the equipment dilemmas that it throws up too."
Read Alan's great article here

20 August 2014

Coming of Age: Simon Scarsbrook's 18th bash


Any keen students of the entries list in the programme every year will see that Simon Scarsbrook's one of those guys who's not new to this race.  2014 will be 52 year-old Simon's 18th entry in the 'Peaks.  Simon's blog here on the Cycling Weekly site shows he's lacking some of the enthusiasm of previous years.
This year feels different though, with just over five weeks to go, I am looking forward to it, my level of fitness is ‘middling to good’ (probably erring on the middle!) but I am missing the ‘zest’ of previous years, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. My darkest thought being that at 50 years of age, maybe it is time to bow out?
... and this despite him regaining his mojo last year an all...

You can chivvy Simon along and remind him that there is only one race in the world that counts here  by emailing simon_scarsbrook@freelance.ipcmedia.com

01 July 2014

Countdown from Ed Sarmiento

I missed this one from May - Cyclocross Magazine's Ed Sarmiento starts his 2014 countdown and gets in the mood early with the tough Scotton 100km sportive

27 June 2014

3 Peaks series: Crossjunkie on Planet X Website

Alan Crossjunkie Dorrington's started a series of articles int he build up to this year's 3 Peaks on the Planet X Bikes website. This first installment takes a look at Peaks training, particularly for those who may have not yet ridden the race.

Read here on the Planet X site

24 March 2014

3 x 3 Peaks winners in one photo - 1970, Zolder

Thanks to 'peaks legend Barry Davies who kindly sent in this little gem from the archives of Cycling Weekly.   The photo is of himself, John Atkins and Eric Stone - at the 1970 world championships on Zolder, Belgium.

The three of won between them eleven of the 3 Peaks Cyclocross events between 1969 and 1982!

17 March 2014

It's cycling, it's Yorkshire, and it's NOT the 3 Peaks Cyclocross - SAMBA VELO

Yes - I know. Weird. There's another event of some sort taking place in Yorkshire in July where the riders will race around Yorkshire but stay on roads all the time and not carry their bikes. There's also this footie thing happening in Brazil, which is in the south somewhere. So Russ Jones and the regular 3 peaks guys at Hackney GT designed a new cycling shirt.   Get yours.

Here's their low-down



Summer 2014 really is going to be a sporting bonanza. The Le Grand Depart for the tour de France is in Yorkshire and oh yes there are some football matches going on in Brazil . At Hackney GT of course we have more than a penchant for cycling, like nothing more than to ride the Yorkshire dales and race the annual 3 Peaks cyclo-cross race. With regards Brazil we love the music and many of its cultural attributes .

So this year if any it had to be the year to marry up the 'Land of Samba' with a celebratory cycle jersey, ‘Samba Velo’. Brazilian motifs and colours, bright, bold and playful. Not a football jersey but definitely to be seen in on and off the bike wether up north watching ‘Le Tour’ or in Rio to see the ‘beautiful game’.

Available online from www.hackneygt.com and at selected local stores. RRP £59.95. More details are available from Hackney GT. Sample products are available upon request as are hi-res photos.

In addition and harking back to our roots Hackney GT will be at the London Coffee Festival

4th - 6th April hosting the live music stage with three days of live music and djs. There will also be a HGT trade stand.

On-line store at www.hackneygt.com
For further contact russ@hackneygt.com or 07956387559