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You Tube …?
This may come as a surprise to some but I’m no luddite.
I love genuine innovations and developments that enhance my riding, but I can’t have been alone in going through a great many disappointments of the over promise and under performance variety with bike tech and kit.
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Posted on by Gav McDonald | In Bikes & Gear, Tech, Thoughts, Voiture Balai

Fast Over 50

I used to be quite fast over 50 miles.
Now that I’ve passed my 50th birthday I’m starting to look at “fast over 50” in a whole new light and it’s got me wondering if it’s possible to turn the clock back with some modern cycling science interventions.
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Posted on by Gav McDonald | In Performance, Tech, Thoughts, Voiture Balai

Of Injury, Rehabilitation & Reinvention

Of Injury and Reinvention
I’ve not blogged for a while so thought I’d get back into the swing of things with a wee (sorry, long) story. I (Gav – one half of RBC) damaged my back exactly seven years ago. From the moment I did it, lifting a very light but large box, I knew it was very different from other tweaks and injuries I’d had previously – turns out it was a ruptured disc.
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Posted on by Gav McDonald | In Performance, Thoughts, Voiture Balai

Iconic Places – Ghisallo

Iconic Places – Ghisallo
One of our favourite road climbs is the Ghisallo above Lake Como in Italy. 
This historic climb rises up from Bellagio on the shores of the Lake to the very moving Madonna del Ghisallo chapel, which is also known as the Cyclist’s Chapel by Papal Decree. 
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Posted on by Gav McDonald | In Iconic Places & Passes, Trips

West Highlands Gravel Recce Part 1

West Highlands Mini Recce – The Clammy Chamois Rides Again
Day 1
Speed Bonnie Boat Like a Bird on the Wing Over the Sea …. to Mull
A wee half and half day from Craignure to Tobermory.  Half on tarmac and half on glorious gravel.  The section of forestry road overlooking Loch Frisa ………
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Posted on by Gav McDonald | In Gravel, Recces, Voiture Balai

The Wrang Way Roond

The Wrang Way Roond
As much as I’d like to I cannot take the credit for the concept of riding from Ayr to Lockerbie via Wanlockhead, mainly off road and on cross bikes.  That honour falls to Marcus Shields, he who hails from Sorn but habitually resides in that there London.
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Posted on by Gav McDonald | In Gravel, Recces, Thoughts, Voiture Balai

Iconic Places – Roubaix, Roubaix, Roubaix, Roubaix (with apologies to the Kaiser Chiefs)

Paris-Roubaix Recce ride with Bernard Hinault
It Should’ve Been Hell But it was my Idea of Heaven
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Posted on by Gav McDonald | In Iconic Places & Passes, Recces