…current thinking suggests that small gears and a high cadence are the keys to success. Lance Armstrong’s riding style was epitomised by his whizzy leg speed – but now it just seems that was simply a cover for a more pharmaceutical approach to winning. So forget the small ring Grandma, real men embrace the pain of Big Ring Riding (above). ‘It’s not just a chain ring, it’s a state of mind’…

…last night at Look Mum No Hands!, the excellent The Ride Journal held a party to launch its fourth issue. One hundred and seventy lovely pages of writings, photography and illustration celebrate  the world of cycling in all its carnations. As a sampler, the second issue of the magazine is available as a free download from their website…

…there’s been a lot of speculation over the past week as to the details of the London 2012 road race route. Cycling Weekly broke the story that the loop will take the race from central London out into the Surrey Hills, do a couple of laps of Box Hill, and then return again for a finishing circuit around Westminster. Basically, it’s a course with hills and lumps that will barely register on the athletes’ legs, and makes Cav a shoe-in for taking the win for the home nation. Check it out for yourself by following an approximation of the route here

…recently it has become de rigeur for pro cyclists to announce their every move, thought and bodily function through the medium of Twitter. Once again we can blame Lance Armstrong for setting an unwelcome precedent. However Rapha Condor Sharp rider Tom Southam is bucking the trend, and has used his helmet to spread the word; ‘Twitter ye not’ is his unofficial kit customisation of the year, yet it’s debatable whether it beats his previous season’s declaration, “I’m through with white women”…

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