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Les Rowley

Reliability Races

The Pyeongchang winter Olympics has wind, snow and ice. Why then are the 2018 Yorkshire Reliability rides not part of the South Korean games?   Each year and across eight consecutive Sundays, cyclists in Yorkshire gather to batter the legs and stamina in a series of events that really test the clothing and not the rider…. Read more »

Train like a professional!

Sometimes it’s very difficult to be consistent when cycling; family life and busy work schedules are always going to pose as obstacles. So how do we find a way to mimic the professional cycling lifestyle, without it interfering with our personal lives? Watching your favourite cyclist fly down the ‘Tour De France route’ can often… Read more »

Interview with Journalist Trevor Ward – Part 1

Journalist Trevor Ward writes about cycling for a living and appears to have the dream job. From riding Ventoux for Cyclist magazine to reporting closer to home for The Guardian, he’s a man for all weathers.   Spokesman caught up with him at home in Scotland. What came first, the cycling or the journalism? Cycling.  The… Read more »

Spokesman’s Dales café round-up

No ride is complete without the cafe stop, and the Yorkshire Dales are blessed with the finest hosts and cake-makers in the land. Jonathan Brownlee is reported to have said the Wharfe View at Burnsall was a cornerstone of his training programme, and Tom Pidcock mentioned the Cavendish at Bolton Abbey when interviewed as part… Read more »

Cyclist conquers ‘Everest’ on a bike

A Leeds cycling fan has done the extraordinary by riding up Norwood Edge a total of 53 times in a single day, conquering in the process the vertical elevation of Mount Everest. The two-wheeled slog, which took 17 hours to complete, amounted to over 8,900 metres of climbing, and a few pedal strokes over the… Read more »