First or Last

  • Posted by aron
  • 1 July 2011

Le Tour

Le passion
Le drive
Le speed
Le chase
Le jersey
Le glory

Le T-shirt*

* Made without the use of
le performance-enhancing drugs.

Here's Mark Cavendish gunning it for the line. (you might want to mute it though)


Shorts Winners

  • Posted by alex
  • 28 June 2011

Thanks for all your great entries in the Summer Shorts competition.

Here are our selections, based on soul of sport and capturing good times in the summer.

Winner:
Dominic John

Runners up (no particular order):
Tim Royle
Joe Bowman
Jamie Rutherford
Richard Hadley & Co

Honourable mention:
Richard Foster

To see all the great entries (of which there are many), head over to our facebook wall.

BÖIKZMÖIND

  • Posted by matt45
  • 28 June 2011

For those of you who don't know, a good friend of mine, Gavin Strange has been filming BÖIKZMÖIND over the last year. It's a documentary film about riding fixed gear bikes in beautiful Bristol. The film is in progress right now and will premiere 20.08.2011 on the big Screen at the Millennium Square. (a must, so get out your diaries!)

Last Sunday saw about a hundred plus riders get together for the final bit of filming, I chose to do this in a full vintage rabbit costume.

It was an epic day which i wont forget in a hurry! I climbed Park street still suited up in the costume which was my favourite moment, sweaty is an understatement! That along with the mass take over of the Clifton suspension bridge as the sun set, are going to be hard to beat.

Thanks to everyone that came, as I met so many nice people. It has made me love Bristol just that little bit more!

Keep up to date with more news here http://www.boikzmoind.com/

Thanks to Benjamin Reid and Francesca Milano for the great photos

Cheers then
Matt/45

Gonna wait till midnight hour

  • Posted by alex
  • 27 June 2011

It's Monday folks. That means you've got 12 hours to grab something in our Short Sale and to
get in your submissions for the Summer Shorts competition. We've even been making a few
movies of our own.

We've had some great entries on our facebook page and there's still time to upload your
own video submission to win howies prizes.

What's next from us? Maybe a full bike tour of the office...

Summer Shorts Competition

  • Posted by alex
  • 24 June 2011

Categories:


If you havent' already heard, we're running a short competition and want your shorts... your short films that is.

So in short, you’ve got until midnight Monday to film and upload a 35 second summer sport movie.

Head to our facebook page to upload your videos or post a YouTube link. You can also tweet your entry with the hashtag

0 Comment(s)

Matt's Mayhem

  • Posted by ruben
  • 23 June 2011

In contrast to my team's slightly lackluster performance, here's an altogether more upbeat account of Mountain Mayhem 2011 from our friend & European 24 hour solo champion rider, Matt Page - in his own words:

My cycling career has moved forward very quickly over the last few seasons, going from working as a courier in Cardiff and racing as a hobby, to racing a little more seriously and having a “normal” job to now where I train full time and race for a living.

I enjoy my cycling, so it isn't a chore, but sometimes I forget why I started riding and what I enjoy most about being on a bike. After my win at the 24hr UK/European champs I went back to “just riding” and enjoyed the rides, rather than turning every ride into a training session.

Last weekend I was at Mountain Mayhem, the biggest festival in Mountain Biking and somewhere that really ignited my pasion for cycling. My first experience of the event was way back in 2004 when it first visited Eastnor Park in what was very much a fun team. The weather was really bad, I certainly wasn't very fit and I remember one lap in particular taking almost 2 hours because of the mud and terrain but I loved it and I was totally hooked and in awe of the solo riders, including Tinker Juarez who won that year. I've been to every Mountain Mayhem since and each time since it has been quite serious. In 2005 it was in a fairly fast team, and we narrowly missed the podium in a team in 2007. The came the solo attempts in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and despite coming close in 2008 I managed to win the following year, celebrating by proposing to my now fiancée, Nia on the finish line. Last year it started as a bit of fun, but soon turned into fast racing as I was joined by a team mate and two Wiggle mechanics in a team where we made the top 10 in the Open Men category.

So this year I decided that I would go right back to the start and enter a fun team and really enjoy the atmosphere of what is really more of a festival than a race. As a solo racer it is impossible to enjoy what goes on and in a serious team you are always busy with no time to wander about. This year was different, I was asked to join a team with the people from USE/Exposure lights and although we were entered into the Expert Mixed category (thanks to my elite XC licence) we were there to enjoy the event more than anything else.

I volunteered to start, which meant doing the run. Normally a couple of minutes and about 800m in distance, I can just about cope with that. I wasn't expecting to be running over 10 minutes in a pair of super stiff race slippers! It hurt quite a bit and I was glad to get to the bike.

From that point onwards every bit of the event was fantastic. The slippery mud was good fun and quite challenging then it started drying out and it became really fast. In between laps I chilled out, walked about the arena, cheered everyone else on and just got stuck into the atmosphere that makes this event unique. I only managed 4 laps, none were that quick but as a team we did keep someone on course at all times. Mountain Mayhem reminded me of why I love this sport so much, to go back to where it all started for me and recapture the magic I felt back then.

Go Somewhere New

Hands up if you've heard of Muckle Flugga!
To eliminate show-offs, could you also place St. Agnes, Soay or Ness Point on the map?

I certainly could not have managed this until recently, yet they are all in our country. They are the north, south, east and west extremes* of Great Britain**.

I always encourage people to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats at some point in their lives to get a better understanding of the place we live in. Nick Hand went one step further in his exploration, cycling a full lap of Great Britain.

But even he didn't make it to the poetic-sounding Muckle Flugga. Our country is full of beautiful, surprising places and we should make the most of these long, lingering summer days to go somewhere we have never been. You don't even need to go far to do this: I bet there is somewhere interesting within 15 miles of your house that you have never been to.

I'm feeling particularly fervent about this at the moment. Here's why...

Years ago I stood at John O'Groats, tired but jubilant, and gazed out to sea (or, more accurately, into the fog). I had conquered Britain by bike and I could go no further.

I was wrong.

For last week I was in the Shetland Isles, more than 100 miles further north than "J O'G". This time, as I stood outside my tent in the soft solstice midnight light I looked at the lighthouse on Muckle Flugga and the tiny islet of Out Stack, I was at the top of Britain. And I realised that only now was I beginning to realise how little I know of my own country.

My tent was pitched on a patch of flat green grass like a billiard table. A metre away from the door was the cliff edge, swirling with puffins and scores of other seabirds swirling above the crashing turquoise waves far below. Not only was it one of the best camping spots I have enjoyed in Britain, it was one of the best in the world. You don't need much time or money or expertise to experience a night's camping like that. You just need to go do it.

I have not yet been to St. Agnes, Soay, Ness Point, Rockall, or any number of other super places. But I certainly will do. It's a lifetime's work to know your own country, and there's no better time to start than right now.

* - pedant alert: I have not included the Channel Islands because they are Crown Dependencies, not constituent parts of the United Kingdom and Rockall is not internationally recognised. There are a couple of other pedantic details too, but summer is not the time to be discussing stuff like this!
** - apologies to Scottish, Welsh, Shetland and Scillian separatists!

Print Workshop

  • Posted by hollie
  • 21 June 2011

I've just ordered this book by Christine Schmidt of the Yellow Owl Workshop as I'm planning on having a bit of a crafty and creative summer (while stuck indoors looking outside at torrential rainstorms no doubt)

my first project will possibly be a sweet-potato printed picnic blanket....

or maybe the printed jars...

or maybe....

....hmmm, i feel this could go on and on all day.

wethepeople in 2011

  • Posted by will
  • 21 June 2011

Our photo competition to win a copy of the wethepeople 'Anytime Now' DVD was won by Robert Senior with the picture here.

We asked people to send us a picture that encapsulated the notion wethepeople in the here and now.

This image echoed innumerable times in the last year has for many defined a return of the mass demonstrations against a government that is increasingly seen to be detached from the people.

As the Con-Dems continually tell us were 'all in this together' the reality of a situation in which a team of Oxbridge educated millionaires tells us we need to volunteer to run our own public services is becoming ever clearer and ever more unpalatable.

We are starting to see that we are all in this together, they are not. we are the people.

Thanks Rob.

Items 37 to 45 of 415 total

per page
Page:
  1. 1
  2. ...
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. ...
  9. 47