We attended a rain soaked Rockstar Red Hook London Criterion, on Greenwich Peninsula. For those unfamiliar a criterion is a closed road circuit with bikes that are more appropriate for a velodrome: fixed wheel, no brakes. With the rain considered this was a hell of a challenge. Riders present ranged from full time professional, Olympic Champions down to domestic club riders who qualified.
This is not the typical event that would be of interest to VeloVision but the unique challenge and the exciting set up was fascinating to witness.
We also managed to have interviews with Davide Vigano (recently of Team Sky), Dani King (Olympic Champion), Keira McVitty (high profile character of the Crit scene) and Dylan Buffington who designed the eye catching Specialized Allez. These videos will be uploaded soon, unfortunately we encountered serious sound issues and are trying to find a way round these before publication.
Not a typing error! There are 1448 riders heading from London, to Edinburgh, and back again. Over five days. Here are the essentials:
1441km (895 miles) distance.
11,128m of climbing.
18 control sites.
Runs every four years.
Over 50% of participants are from outside the UK. In total 54 nations are represented.
80% of the riders in 2013 finished the ride.
Riders have between 46 and 117 hours to complete the challenge, including rest breaks for sleep and food.
Event organiser Danial Webb said “Distance endurance riding continues to capture the public imagination.”
Check out our interviews with Phil Dyson, Site Controller for St Ives, Roberto, a Spanish recumbent rider, Nadine & Frank from Switzerland, Heinrich, a German velomobile rider. We hope to bring you more, and a highlights video, as they return to St Ives later in the week.
For more information please visit https://londonedinburghlondon.com/
Ride London hosted the final of the Brompton World Championships today. Before the racing got under way we were fortunate enough to speak to four Brompton owners about their magnificent folding bikes, as well as a proud hand crank owner.
Further to this we were delighted to meet Sgt. Andy Osbourne of the Cycle Safety Team, part of the London Metropolitan Police. This is a new initiative launched in late July 2017 to make the roads safer. He had some words of advice, as well as news on how the police are helping all road users stay safe.
One of the most exciting events taking place at Ride London today was the launch of the Brompton Electric. The first of it’s kind from Bromtpon this is an electric assist folding bike. It weighs in at about 16kg with the battery included and is very simple to operate. We will have a full review to follow but wanted to share this exclusive interview with you now!
Over the next few days we will be releasing more and more content to the YouTube channel. You may be aware that there is a pre-existing one however some admin issues on YouTube’s side have made it impossible to get full control of it so we are starting afresh.
Kicking things off we have reviewed two commuting bikes. We will shortly be releasing an interview with a designer of a very “arty” Specialized bike, not our normal area of interest but it was such an unusual bike we thought it warranted coverage! We also have brief interviews from London Red Hook Criterion to bring you and will be attending the Brompton World Championship event this weekend, and the London-Edinburgh ride.
The direction we want to take our YouTube channel is to publish reviews of cargo bikes, trikes, recumbents, folding bikes and many more. We also have interviews lined up with some innovative designers and want to discuss matters such as infrastructure and safety amongst others.
So York Rally was a great success, lovely to meet so many enthusiastic readers and wonderful people. Since then we have been making contact with a number of tradesmen and women, as well as some experts. We are also in the midst of relaunching our YouTube channel.
In the pipe line we have a few exciting things to look forward to:
Update on the Pod Bike developments from Norway.
We are hoping to attend both the Bike Show in England and the Euro Bike exhibition in Germany.
We have an interview with an FIA Head Injury Fellow to discuss the arguments for and against helmets.
Knog have kindly agreed to send some products for review.
We are expanding the coverage of electric bikes, electric assist and folding bikes too, having spoken to readers by email, phone and face to face we can see there is a real interest in this.
Much, much more!
This is a period of development and review as we get things going again but it is such an exciting time and we are very keen to hear from you!
Thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome at York Rally this past weekend. It was wonderful to meet so many people, hear such lovely stories about your HPVs, bikes, trikes and much more. To hear how dear Velo Vision is to the community was very affirming.
As discussed with many of you I will be setting up a crowdfunding page to get the magazine back in the public eye and to generate the funds required to start up again. There was also a lot of positive feedback on the ideas about a YouTube channel so I will be planning this out shortly.
Please watch this space and if you can it would be great to see you at the Mildenhall Cycle Rally in August! Many thanks again to the organisers of York Rally and the community for making me feel so welcome.
And with one final push I’ve sent another issue of the magazine to print! When the copies come back, I will do my best to dispatch them as soon as possible. It is a busy time for printers (they tell me) so it will be around Friday the 4th of November when I actually get them off to subscribers. Digital readers can expect to see it a little earlier!
Meantime, here’s a preview of what’s included:-
Full-length reviews of Tern’s Verge Tour folder; Performer’s Saki, a highracer recumbent bike and AZUB’s full-suspension trike, the Ti-FLY. We’re also testing the Radical Design Cyclone trailer for Brompton that doubles as a flight-case, portable pumps and low power 1.5W dynamo lights. A set of reports from the late-season shows come from Eurobike and The Cycle Show and we’ve summarised the year’s crop of new world records in human power too. We also bring a readers’ bike report on the bike with no chain I mentioned last issue and much more – news, events, book reviews and letters too!
I am sorry the October issue has become a November one, on the other hand, I am delighted it’s only a fortnight late … there are worse things to worry about, sorry, it’s true 😉
It’s a great relief to have sent another issue of the magazine to print. When the print copes come back, I will take them immediately to the York Rally (yorkrally.org and see facebook.com/yorkcyclefest) where subscribers’ copies can be collected. Remaining print copies with be mailed out week starting 20th June. Digital subscribers can expect to receive a notification of the latest edition in the next few days, possibly earlier.
Meantime, here’s a preview of what’s included:-
Again, we’ve included the two main show reports from the year so far- SPEZI in Germany and Bespoked in Bristol; full-length reviews of a 14-speed Brompton with disc brakes, the Elephant Bike – a true British icon remade for the masses and an HP Velotechnik recumbent trike with GO Swissdrive. We also bring small reviews, we test Schwalbe tubeless tyres, a trio of pedals, Free Parable TPack – the versatile luggage system, the Manta saddle – possibly the most comfortable saddle ever, plus bring you book reviews, a selection of readers’ bikes and all the latest choice news and letters!