Cycling south through Italy with Ride 25

A whirlwind two day adventure with Ride25 from Rome to Montesarchio exploring the Italian countryside, food and the official residence of the Ambassador to Italy…

Becoming a brand ambassador for Queen of the Mountains

Photos by Richard Lewisohn Last Wednesday I mingled my way around a cool art gallery in Fitzrovia with a glass of Prosecco and wearing a jersey from the debut collection of Alicia Bamford's new women's cycling brand, Queen of the Mountains. It was launch night and I...

A London cycling adventure on the FOFFA Plume

I was really excited when classic city and fixed gear bike designers, FOFFA asked me to review their new Ladies Plume. A 'sit-up-and-beg-bike' was something I had never ridden before and I must admit, as a cyclist that doesn't shy away from lycra, dropped handlebars...

A year in review | My best Queen of the Mile moments of 2015

At the end of every year I like to do an annual round-up to assess what I will be taking with me and what I will be leaving behind. Even though a year goes so quickly, there is still so much you pack into it and having a quick period of reflection like this makes you...

Training and relaxing hard on luxury cycling retreat, On The Rivet

Four days after my epic battle up Mont Ventoux, my cycling sister, Kitty Pemberton-Platt (who had just returned from combating the Majorcan hills) and I set off together on a women's cycling retreat hosted by a Dorset company called On The Rivet. We wheeled our bikes...

5 things you shouldn’t do when cycling up Mont Ventoux!

One thing on the to-do list for 2015 was to cycle up a mountain. My boyfriend Andrew and I decided on the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux up the traditional Bedoin route. It was absolutely glorious, particularly in hindsight when I'm safely back on the sofa and the...

Cycling around London for the new Hiplok collection

Photographs by Angus Sung for Hiplok A couple of months ago I got the opportunity to work with Hiplok who have pioneered a set of bike locks that redefine conventions of security. As a commuter I often lugged around a cumbersome lock in my backpack that weighed as...

The cycling trips that are really hard work and require chips

Not all cycling trips are created equal as I have found out many, many times. I thought I would share a recent experience with you that made me feel as though I had never done a day of sport in my life. A few weeks ago I attempted a 100km Ultra Marathon called Race to...

5 cycling experiments in fuelling on a 100 mile sportive

A guest post from Abi Williams. "I recently participated in my debut cycling event – The Plymouth Gran Fondo. A 100 mile ride that took in sights across Dartmoor National Park and the Cornish coastline – all the while covering over 7000ft in elevation. The main reason...

What it feels like to cycle from London to Paris in 24 hours

Photography by Dean Alexander I've always had a fascination with distance and quantities. How far and how many? Not in a greedy sense, but more with a curiosity about how much people are capable of and if they reach this point, what does it feel like? The earliest...

Tips to get over any cycling nerves on your roadbike

Our triathlon writer, Rebecca Porter admits that sometimes it's bloody scary on a road bike provides some tips and tricks to get over any mental blocks. Rebecca Porter I will start off by saying that I’m afraid of cycling. I know this sounds strange, coming from a...

Road-testing the new adistar cycling kit from adidas

I think the most cool I have ever felt on a bike was when someone pulled over to ask if I was part of a professional cycling team. At the time I was doing laps of Regents Park in the new adistar kit on a road-testing ride for adidas. I think I can pretty much end the...

Knowing when to stop cycling when your body says ‘no’

In an age where we are constantly striving to go the extra mile and achieve everything before 9am - it's key to point out that it's OK to have an off-day once in a while. In fact, it's probably quite healthy. In this post, Rebecca shares her story about admitting...

Meet the founders of Muddy Cwtch, an MTB micro-adventure

The other day an interesting story arrived in my inbox. It was from Charlotte Griffin, one half of mountain bike micro-adventure company, Muddy Cwtch which she founded with her partner, Craig Jones. Charlotte was emailing me to tell me that the new website was up and...

Improve your road cycling in 2015

2015 is under way and now is a chance to evaluate your year of cycling and work on improving it. I have had a great year of road cycling with plenty of miles and experiences to end the year on but there are definitely many areas where I could improve. With three...

Psycle London: The most fun you can have whilst indoor cycling

One of my suggestions for staying fit in the lead up to Christmas is to try something new to keep things fun over the festive season. Last week I did just that and treated myself to a class at Psycle on Mortimer Street in London. I say "treat" because this is the...

Spin Xmas – the Christmas event for cycling enthusiasts

I don't know about you but my Christmas wish-list has a lot of cycling gear on it and I am a total magpie when it comes to checking out what is shiny and new in the cycling industry. For this reason (and because they have beer), I'm going to Spin Xmas which is the...

Pack your wheels up in a bike box and travel the world

Kevin Redman is the owner of Bike Box Hire London, a new company launched only this month to provide, yep you guessed it, bike boxes for your lovely wheels so that you aren't just limited to a jaunt to the Surrey Hills. His business was born out of a realisation that...

Rapha publishes revealing women’s cycling infographic

Rapha has published this awesome infographic to display the statistics of their global Women's 100km event a couple of weeks ago. They also gave a shout out to a group of women in Dubai who rode their 100km at night on a race track in order to avoid the desert’s 40°C...

Rapha Womens 100km; a global female ride

On Sunday I got involved in the Rapha Women’s 100km ride in London. Our ride was a part of a much larger, global initiative to get as many women out on road bikes on the same day across different time-zones. I took part in the ride departing from Richmond Park that...

The Mojito Lady KASK helmet review

Pretty excited to say that I now own a helmet that is made by the same people that made Chris Froome's when he won the Tour de France. I own a KASK My riding ability is not quite worthy of a helmet as special as this but who cares, it's so pretty and was a 30th...

Toujours Francais; Gorgeous breton stripes and Tricolore socks

Seeing as the French do cycling so well, we thought we'd feature some of our French-style favourites on this week's kit feature. I am currently lusting after these French-style retro jerseys from Chapeau. They make me feel like I should be part of the original Tour de...

Some of my favourite cycling coffee shops in London

Part of the joy of going for a long ride is that you can stop off and get a kick of energy with a shot of caffeine to keep your brain alert (good for spotting potholes). Cycling and coffee seem to have natural cultural partnership aside from the research studies that...

London to Brighton on the High5 four-hour fuelling plan

By @lornanorth   Fuelling and nutrition during my long-distance challenges has always been one of my weaknesses and I'm constantly experimenting to find my happy place. On this weekend's long ride I put some of the High5 sports nutrition products to the test....

You can beat the tube; Use your body to commute to work

The majority of us are amateur athletes and as such, all have "normal" jobs which we spend most of our time doing when we aren't lusting over road bikes or trainers! We, like many, face a constant weekly struggle of balancing our training plan with our careers. This...