Autumn is Here – Cake and Cycling

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The nights are officially drawing in, the base layers have come back out and for me its officially cake season. I love baking when its cold outside (admittedly partly because having the oven on makes the kitchen so toasty) and because you cant beat a lovely bit of cake when you get back in from cycling.

Not only is cake super tasty and satisfying after a few miles in the saddle, if its a Victoria sponge or lemon drizzle its got to count as 1 of your 5 a day, right?

So here are a few of my favourites in 3 different categories:

Cakes and treats for cycling with – 

Fruity Flapjacks – From Jamie Oliver

You can put just about any fruit in these little lovelies, I like to put extra cashews in mine, and I also have a bit of a habit of just eating the warm mixture before I put the rest in the oven, its a tough job, but someone has to do a taste test.

Chocolate Brownie – From Mary Berry

I can’t even begin to describe how good these are, every time I make them they are eaten by my friends and family the same day. Also if you want to change it up a bit they are great with white choc chips or little pieces of fudge. I may have just drooled on my key board oops. I cut the recipe into 16 squares and its great out on the road or warmed up with ice cream.

Cakes for when you get back from your ride – 

Lemon Cake – Good House Keeping

This cake is just great, it has the right balance of sweet and sour and is so moreish, also its so easy to bake. Best eaten within a couple of days of baking, I slice it like a loaf and keep it in an upside down cake tin for easy access. You never know when you will need cake in a hurry

Millionaires Short Bread –  BBC Goodfood

This is my Kryptonite, and I can’t resist it. Just be careful that the caramel sauce doesn’t spit at you as you are stirring it, and that you get it thick enough, otherwise you end up with an equally tasty but more messy version. I always use milk chocolate as I have a ridiculously sweet tooth, and if you want to make it a bit fancy you can marble the top with a bit of white chocolate too.

Cakes for other times ie breakfast pudding (yes its a thing) – 

Victoria Sponge – Mary Berry

This makes a massive cake, which is great news. If you want to try a different filling fresh whipped cream and strawberries make a great alternative to Jam and Butter cream. A classic but fab cake.

Cherry Rock Cakes – The English Kitchen

A very versatile and simple bake and to be honest great for any time, if I have them in the house I take one in my handbag for emergencies. The sprinkled sugar added just before baking givens them a great finish and a little bit of crunch.

As you can clearly see like most cyclists its all about the cake, and there is no bad time to have one.

Happy Cycling and Baking

xxx

Cyclista News

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I hope everyone has managing to get in as much cycling in as I have this week. I have to say that the Coal Road and Gawthrop, twice in 3 days did have my knees grumbling a bit, but the views make it so worthwhile. I have also found a new favourite post ride snack – Pineapple, I actually think it may be addictive!

Since our last blog we have been over to Eroica Britania the amazing vintage bike festival in Bakewell. Eroica has the most amazing crowd who bring along a fantastic array of vintage bikes and vintage bike parts. Everyone gets dressed in the best vintage outfits and has a jolly good time with lots of Hendricks Gin and super yummy food.

Cyclista shared a stand again this year with ‘France en Velo’ a stunning bike route which goes from San Marlo to Nice on picturesque quiet roads. The book is full of fabulous photography and recommendations on where to stay, eat and what to see on the route. It’s broken down in to around 20 mile sections and you can add as many of these together as you fancy. Most people take between 2 and 3 weeks to complete the route, but the beauty of the book is it’s totally up to you how long you take.

On the stand this year we had the full range of Cyclista Kit including our Ladies Bib-shorts, Ladies Cycle Capri’s, Ladies Cycle Leggings and our 4 different Cycle Jerseys in all their lovely different colours. We met loads of lovely Cycling ladies over the course of the weekend and you may see a few of them out this summer wearing their new Cyclista Kit.

The entertainment at Eroica is brilliant with events happening in the parade ring over the weekend and live music and a great selection of food and drinks. If you are looking for a great family friendly weekend away for next year this is the festival for you.

 

Happy Cycling xx

Drum Roll Please!

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As the weather outside in the south is cracking the pavement, and up north its still pretty good we think its the perfect time to introduce the 2016 Curve Jersey. The big box of ladies cycle jerseys has arrived from our factory in west Cumbria and are ready to ride in.

So far the my jersey has been over the Coal Road, done the Tour of the Borders route, and last weekend the Tour de Yorkshire, and a few local training rides.

The jerseys have been designed with your feedback in mind, you asked for a higher neck and a shorter sleeve and we have factored this into the design of this new and exciting style. We have also included a mesh lining in the rear pockets for extra strength and colourful zip placket, which not only looks great as a flash of pink, but also makes sure the jersey is super comfortable on your neck.

This ladies cycle jersey is ideal for training, racing or sportive riding and also looks amazing whilst you are sat in a cafe. The cut is elegant and flattering and the jersey has been designed to offer superb comfort and feel amazing all ride long.

We use extra stretch, high wicking fabric to ensure perfect shape recovery and extreme freedom of movement. Our jerseys are designed using sculpted panelling and flat seams ensure the jersey fit perfectly and eliminating the need for silicon grippers or elasticated hems. The Jersey is available in blue with white detailing and will look great with your Cyclista shorts, Cyclista capris or Cyclista compression leggings.

The Cyclista Curve ladies cycle Jersey features stunning design and high performance fabric, helping you feel great all ride long. The jersey has a full length front zip with rubber pull and 2 back pockets.

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Happy Cycling xx

Cycling in Sedbergh

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Riding in Cumbria

It probably goes with out saying the Cumbria is one of the most beautiful places to ride in the UK, with its epic mix of Hills, Valleys and well to be honest more hills. Whether it’s a long hill, a short hill, a steep hill, a never ending hill or gentle hill there really is something for everyone. That said there are a few flat rides around the Kendal area heading to the coast and at least 1 flat ride up the Lune valley from Sedbergh where we are based.

Here are three of my favourite rides from Sedbergh, but even if your not from here it’s worth travelling over for.

1/ Moorcock Inn, Pendragon Castle Loop: 30 undulating miles on quiet roads

The route starts in Sedbergh and goes out towards Hawes through Garsdale, on the way up there is some open common land so watch out for sheep, there are a few statistics when it comes to sheep so beware:

  • The sheep has just crossed the road, 70% chance the sheep will turn and cross back over the road
  • The sheep is looking in the opposite direction, 50% chance the sheep will cross the road
  • The sheep has a lamb that is on the other side of the road, 100% the sheep will cross the road, so just keep an eye out for them.

To be honest they just aren’t the brightest!

The route goes up Garsdale, it’s a 11 miles of gentle uphill (only a couple of % gradient) all the way to the Moorcock Inn where you take a left, the road goes up and over the tops before dropping back off after crossing the rail way, and then the fun really begins. It is a lovely long descent with very little traffic. The route then takes a left past the ruins of Pendrangon Castle before heading up and over the Tommy Road. The views from the top are spectacular and you may even come across the herd of wild horses. As you head off Tommy road turn left on to the Kirkby Stephen to Sedbergh road. There is a pretty awesome road sign warning of Rhinos to look out for, always good for a selfie. Then the ride heads back down through Cautley and into Sedbergh. If you want a lunch stop Ravonstonedale, which is about 2 miles off the route has two amazing pubs, the Black Swan and the Kings Head, but be careful you don’t over indulge, it’s pretty easy to do when everything tastes so good.

2/ The Coal Road, 37km of hard work, and 697m of climbing, enjoy!

In summer we ride this nearly every Thursday evening as a time trial, yes that’s right we are slightly mad. There are 2 ways to do the loop, Garsdale to Dent or Dent to Garsdale and the age old discussion of which way is harder. Following the latter option you head out of Sedbergh towards dent, the road is a single lane quiet country road. Pass through Dent over the Paris-Roubaix style cobbled section (it’s only about 200m long though) when you have gone through Dent Village bear left towards Cowgill, the coal road has it own sign and is a left turn. You climb a couple of sharp steep corners up to the station, before continuing to climb up to the top, the gradient gets over 20% in places. It really is a tough climb, but you get to see right down the valley from the top, before flying down the descent, some of the road surface is not the best and it’s pretty steep. You go past Garsdale station before turning left at the bottom and joining the road back to Sedbergh. The ride back in is all down hill and you can get some pretty awesome speeds up chain ganging down the valley, just watch out for the red squirrels, they don’t have the best road sense.

I have had mixed experiences on the coal road, the first time I was sweating so much I couldn’t see, and the second time it was so hot that the road was melting on the descent which made it a bit interesting to say the least, I was slightly relieved to still be alive when I reached the bottom. That said if you are near Sedbergh its defiantly on the must climb list!

3/ Kirkby Stephen, Orton Loop 50 miles undulating.

Head out of Sedbergh towards Kirkby Stephen, and apologies but it is uphill for 12 miles. About 5 miles out of Sedbergh on the left is Cautley spout waterfall, which is well worth a look, you can see it from the Cross Keys car park. The road passes through a few areas of common land, (please refer to the sheep advice above). From the right turn at the junction the road into Kirkby can be a bit busy so it you want to avoid it, heading over Tommy road will add in a little more climbing, some stunning views and wild horses and a great descent down the valley to Kirkby.  When you reach the mini roundabout in Kirkby turn left and then follow signs towards Orton. You climb out of Kirkby then over the tops where it feels very wild and unspoilt before dropping in to Orton.

There are a couple of café options, the Chocolate Shop, which staying true to its name does amazing hot chocolate and also the Silver Yard which does a mean cheese scone. After Orton head towards Tebay, after you cross the motor way there are 2 options, the first taking the first left under the viaduct, then heading right, which takes you along the bottom of the Howgills and back into Sedbergh along Howgill lane. The second option which is a long old drag up parallel to the motor way towards Greyrig. When you get the the mast on the top turn left towards Firbank and enjoy! Another amazing descent with stunning views. You will pass a disused viaduct and continue descending, it really is one to put a smile on your face. Eventually you will reach the Sedbergh to Kendal road, turn left and it’s just a few miles back into Sedbergh.

The bad bit, the weather can be pretty extreme and change rapidly especially if you are high up. The met office forecasts seem to be pretty reliable but it’s always worth checking the one at Shap because of the altitude, even in summer I always pack a gilet and a pair of arm warmers just incase.

Places to eat…. You are pretty spoilt for choice really, in Sedbergh the Three Hares is actually incredible, everything is made on site by Nina who gets up at 3am to make the bread, and their cakes are outstanding. Duo is another Sedbergh favourite mine. The bakery in Kirkby Lonsdale does a good cake or if you are after something a bit bad then the butchers do pie, peas and gravy, my guilty pleasure. If you are heading out towards Kendal and the lakes a couple of my favourite mid ride cafés include Wilfs in Stavely, where they serve a wicked vegi chilli, and across the car park from Wilfs, the More Artisan bakery makes the most amazing lemon cake, it’s worth riding 14 miles for me to get some, and I have been known to ride back home with a baguette in my pocket! There is also some great mountain biking around Stavely on Kentmere and Long Sleddale, along bridle ways with stream crossings which I always manage to fall in (don’t ask).

Other things about Sedbergh and Cycling. Cycling has become a bit of an attraction in Sedbergh. Of course it is where Cyclista was founded and it’s where we test ride all our new designs. If our ladies cycle jerseys don’t make the grade on the Tommy road or, our ladies bib-shorts don’t keep you comfy on the coal road they don’t make it into the range.

In 2016 Sedbergh is also hosting the Sedbergh Cycle Festival with the Sedbergh Sportive, as features in Cycling Active Magazine, a Grass track race and lots of exciting stands selling bike kit. The sportive has 3 different distance options with the long route taking in the Tour De France Butter Tubs climb.

Happy Cycling xx

 

 

 

 

 

Mallorca by Cyclista

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This time last year we were planning our Cyclista in Mallorca trip. We have visited the island several times and are totally in love with it. Last years trip for us was an ideal opportunity to get a Cyclista, kit test and photo shoot in as well as a holiday. Since we started going on cycling holidays to the island it has become a total cycling Mecca and it’s really easy to understand why with the weather being between 22 and 28 degrees at the end of April when it’s still pouring with rain in the UK.

Over the years the cycling infrastructure on the island has adapted to the massive demand, there are now several really great companies to hire bikes from that are easy to book with on line, we have used Max Huerzeler in the past and been really pleasantly surprised with the quality of the bikes available and the service level, where they do a bike for and set up your bike for you.

Nearly every café on the island now has bike racks outside and some on the popular routes are so busy that it’s harder to park your bike than get a table. The café at the top of Luc is a personal favourite, following the 7.8km, 5% average gradient climb from Caimari you can beat a local queso y tomate baguette + café bonbon (or cheese and tomato baguette and an espresso with condensed milk, they are amazing)

There are a few routes that I have to ride every trip, but my fav 3 have to be the climb up Luc, the awesome Sa Calobra and also for a shorter day the Light house on Formentor.

Sa Calobra, where to start. There are very few climbs like this one, you drop 10km down the side of mountain to the sea, but it is the way back out that is the amazing part. I have to be honest it took me a couple of years to build up the courage to take it on, but now its one I do every trip and wouldn’t miss it. The Climb is an average of 7.1% and ascends 668 meters from the sea back to the top of the mountain. It is almost as if the road was created for cyclists. There are 26 hairpin turns and 1 that does a full loop over its self, admittedly I did ride this one a few times just cause it’s fun. A couple of years ago whilst driving over towards Sa Calobra on a rest day, we started to count the number of cyclista that we saw, and stopped counting at 218, we had only driven 18km from the hotel, it really is a popular climb to do.

Word of warning, it can get pretty chilly in the mountains so make sure you take arm warmers and a gilet and keep an eye on the forecast, a few years ago we got caught in a tropical storm and the roads were all 3 inches deep in water in places, it made the ride home interesting especially as at sea level it hadn’t rained!

Formentor is also well worth a trip out to, and you can share an ice cream with a goat when you reach the Lighthouse. The road has been resurfaced quite recently and most of it is an amazing riding surface. The out and back is about 40km with 1000m of climbing and winds out and up to the lighthouse on the tip of the island. The views are spectacular and there are loads of places to see them from on the way up. Last year on a Cycling Weekly photo shoot we spent a lot of time hiding behind a rock face to get a clear run at a great descent with no cars in shot, but the shot was totally worth it in the end. There is also a slightly scary tunnel that the road goes through, I enjoy it and am terrified by it in equal amounts, as apparently it is beneficial to be able to see when cycling, instead of being in the pitch black.

Here are some of our favourite places to eat and believe me I have had to refine the list as it was about 20 places long. For lunch the Spar with a Bar on the way to Formentor does tasty quick tapas and great local beer, it’s really handy if you are heading back from a ride and is usually pretty quiet. I think they should bring the concept to the UK, it’s a winner.

If its paella you are after Neptuno near the square in Port de Pollenca is fab, or something a little more pricey but truly amazing on a back street on the other side of the square is El Posito, I go every time we visit the Island, we found it on a recommendation a few years ago then spent 40mins walking around trying to find it, but oh my goodness it was worth it, and over time I have learnt to find it faster. I would recommend booking though as its small and popular with locals.

For me, the most important bit is the riding, but the scenery, food and weather make it one of my favourite places to be.

Happy Cycling xx

 

 

 

 

Epic Events

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We are really please to be sponsoring the Epic Events Duathlon and Triathlon Series this year, Jo, Chris and the team at Epic Events organise races and events in the North West, including open water swimming, triathlon, duathlon, cycle sportives and trail running. Their events attract a wide range of ability levels, ranging from novices to elite and our primary aim is to make everyone feel welcome.

All the women’s prizes have been provided by Cyclista. They run really friendly events, in beautiful places that are great whether you are a novice or a pro!

http://www.epicevents.co.uk/
The next few events are
Ulverston Pool Triathlon – 27th Mach
Clithero Triathlon – 10th April
Horwich Triathlon – 1st May

Also super exciting, Epic Events are running a triathlon in the home of Cyclista, Sedbergh in August

Hope to see you there

Happy Cycling xx

 

 

 

 

Cyclista at the Bike Expo

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Cyclista at Bike Expo

We are really excited to be going to this years bike expo 2016 in Manchester. We will have an amazing stand really close to the indoor race track finish line and opposite the bar!

The event is held from the 18th – 20th March at Event city. There will be so much going on including talks from the pros and loads of great stands. There will even be an 800m race track with loads of races on Friday and Saturday.

The blue riband racing event, taking place on Saturday 19th March on the indoor circuit will be the Rainbow Classic, an elite showdown featuring the UK’s top professional teams. So, whether you fancy taking to the track yourself, or watching the pros do their thing (but hopefully both) this is an opportunity not to be missed (details can be found on the Bike Expo website)

During the weekend the full Cyclista range will be available on our stand. We will have on display and available to try and buy the Race, Cafe and Cross collection jerseys, Bib shorts, Bib Capris and Leggings and drum roll please ….. the stunning 2016 jersey!

So if you are in the area it would be great to see you there

Happy Cycling x

Ladies Cycle Jersey for Spring 2016 – Cyclista

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It has been all go for the past couple of months ordering fabric and zips from our suppliers in Italy, getting patterns graded in London and samples made at our factory in Cumbria. Last September Jess and I started work on new pieces for the 2016 collection and this ladies cycle jersey will be the first one to go in to production at the start of February. A massive thank you to everyone who has got in touch with us via the web-site, we have taken your feedback on board and have added to our collection a shorter sleeve length and a higher neck line. The cycle jersey doesn’t have a name yet so any suggestions would be really welcome!

The jersey has a full length zip, 2 well positioned lined pockets for extra strength, the sleeves finish just about the elbow and the cut has been designed to be really flattering. We have kept to the same fabric as it performs really well, just cut it in a new and exciting style. This ladies cycle jersey really will be a show stopper an I cant wait to get riding in mine.

The colour way has been chosen so the cycle jersey will match anything you already have from the collection and the white shoulders will help keep you cooler of the sun is beating down (I know we live in the UK, but fingers crossed) and we have as always kept our branded understated and elegant. Sign up to our news letter and we will let you know when its coming soon and offer a pre- order if you really cant wait!

Happy Cycling xx

Guest Blogger Lauren Back again!!

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GOODBYE 2015!

2015 has been a bit of a roller-coaster… Starting the year with a reoccurring injury was really difficult. It took me out of consistent running for a good few months, and this was mentally tough. But on reflection, the injury forced me to focus on improving my swimming, which paid off in racing season later on in the year. So I guess every cloud has a silver lining.

One of the highlights of 2015 was definitely being able to race in amazing places like Geneva and Chicago. Not only did I get to explore these cool places, I learnt so much from those international races that helped me develop as an athlete. Taking part in my first elite race and (almost) finishing it in one piece is also up there on the achievements of 2015!

I definitely learnt some important things in 2015, especially how crucial it is to listen to your body. Putting yourself through intense training means you have to be in tune with how your body is responding; otherwise it ends up in an injury, or poor performances from over training. I have learnt that sometimes taking a step back, and not going full steam in training is the best thing to do.

In 2016 I want to learnt to be proud of my achievements. Rather than writing races off and saying “it went okay”, or focusing on the negatives, I want to think “I did well in this race”. I find it hard to accept I have done well in a race, but I have realised knocking yourself down and being self-critical is such a negative force that hinders your confidence and progression. When you do well in a race, you should enjoy the fact that your hard work paid off and be proud of this.

But 2015 did end with a big milestone – on boxing day I ate chocolate for the first time in 3 years! This was definitely a positive – I have proven to myself it is quite easy to cut something out of your life if you really want to, but it became a pointless task of avoiding chocolate for the sake of it. Why deprive yourself of something that you enjoy?

 

 

There are still personal barriers to overcome, but 2015 has taught me a lot, and I am excited to see what 2016 will bring! Staying healthy, getting through university, and seeing how far I can go in the triathlon world are my main focuses.

Happy new year everyone! Make 2016 count x

“Your trails will be crooked, winding, lonesome, and dangerous; yet, they will lead to the most amazing of views. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds” – Edwards Abbey

Cyclista Leggings

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New Year at Cyclista

This December has been a little bit milder than most, ok so a lot milder than normal with temperatures in Cumbria hitting 15 degrees! However we have seen quite a bit more rain than normal, and to be honest during the down pours I have hit the Turbo trainer in the basement until it filled with over 2 foot of water. The rain has been just crazy with massive amounts of local flooding and regular road closures. One locally has led to an Army bridge being installed which I have yet to pluck up the courage to ride over as its pretty steep and metal, maybe I will do it on the mountain bike first.

As a result of the mild temperatures and some breaks in the rain, this week I decided to get out on the bike again, but my wardrobe choices are proving challenging. Amazingly I have managed to get it right two out of two rides this week, which if you knew me you would realise is a miracle in itself. I am always too hot or too cold, all the time!

I have been hitting the road in my Cyclista Womens cycle leggings, and I am so so happy with how they perform. They are a full length legging ideal for training, racing and sportive riding. Constructed from high performance fabric that offers perfect muscle compression, decreases muscle vibration and strain and helps improve performance. I have found the cycle leggings seem to keep me the right temperature, in 7 and 13 degrees I was totally comfortable and to my husbands delight not stopping every 10 minutes to add or remove layers, an actual miracle. I team mine up with Woolie Boolie socks and Blue Seventy toe covers as I suffer from severely numb feet in winter, but find that works for me. Hope everyone else is having fun out and about.

Happy Cycling x