Events

Aug 04 2019

Criterium Cycles at the Marmotte 2019

Cycling is cruel. Indeed, some would argue it is the cruellest sport out there citing plenty of circumstantial evidence to support this fairly dramatic claim. Take a 3 week Grand Tour for instance. Where else would the competitors undergo 20 ‘full day’ stages of mental and physical anguish, where even just the slightest loss in…

Jul 05 2019

The Tour on the Telly. Will Imlach, Boulting and Millar nail it again?

All pictures with kind permission of Vsquared TV   With the Tour de France finally upon us, it’s appropriate to reflect on that most crucial element of a 3 week Grand Tour; the Highlights show on the telly. It’s one of life’s genuine pleasures. They are a great way to catch up and condense what…

May 11 2019

In Search of Nessie (Etape Loch Ness)

Let’s clear something up straight away. What actually is an Etape? And why is it different to a Sportive? And does it actually matter? Well, whether it matters or not is probably rather subjective but let’s have a go at explain what they are. A sportive (or Cyclosportive) is a generic description that covers a…

Dec 22 2018

The Marmotte – Redefining the Envelope

We’ve probably all played that favourite pub game of “name your top 5 ”X’s” of all time”. Favourite lists include the best 5 albums ever (Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” is clearly Number 1), the best 5 films, the 5 best sportspeople, the 5 toughest races and so on. Part of the charm…

Nov 02 2018

3 Peaks Cyclo Cross

By Sarah Rowell, former Olympic Marathon Runner and British & English Fell running Champion, 1995 and 1996 For one group of slightly mad devotees, the end of September means only one thing; the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross.  The history of the event dates back to 1959, when a 14 year old schoolboy, Kevin Watson was…

Sep 23 2018

UCI World Championships Preview

First, a quick apology for the fact that the Criterium Cycles blog has been a little quiet these last three weeks. Paul says he has had a serious bout of Man Flu, a condition so serious that it was apparently close to being life threatening. Rosie, his long suffering wife, suggested that if she found…

Aug 17 2018

Willkommen in Berlin!

Ask a group of seasoned travellers to list their top 10 cities in the world and you are bound to get a list as diverse as the number of people you ask. Now ask the same group of seasoned travellers to list their top 10 “coolest” cities in the world and you are much more…

Jul 20 2018

Vatternrundan 300

Sweden is one of those places where, on the face of it, there doesn’t appear to be all that much going on. It would become immediately cool if ABBA were to announce a 125 date world reunion tour but since Benny and Bjorn are pretty much the same age as my Father, I doubt that’s…

Scroll to Top