A wheely good evening to you all and I hope you are well and enjoying your bikes as much as me!
This is a very short blog to give you information about a recent interview I did for local radio. Jo Garton who I have know for many years asked me to go on to Swindon105.5 FM to talk about my cycling business and my work in the local schools. Obviously I was delighted and didn’t hesitate to say yes. What followed was a fun interview allowing me to share the work I am doing in the schools in Swindon and the local area. Please click the link below and have a listen and of course let me know what you think.
*****MY INTERVIEW STARTS AT 31 MINUTES INTO THE PROGRAMME*****
Many thanks and until next time happy cycling.
So a wheely good welcome to you all and I write this on the late night train back from London having just been to the 2017 Rouleur Classic in London with my good friend Karl and his dad Roger. This is our third time on the trot and we enjoy more each year. Once again the venue was the amazing Victoria House and yet again Rouleur didn’t fail in putting on a superb night surpassing previously visited years with oozing amounts of quality, memorabilia and stars of the cycling world. From the Mavic service course cars parked up outside I knew this was gonna be a treat. Entitled Monuments it was to celebrate the great riders who had conquered on the cobbles and roads of Flanders and Roubaix.
On entering the event it was awash with the creme de la creme of brands showing their products under the dazzling lights. I could go on for an eternity but one that stood out for me was the s-works stand complete with the latest SL6 tarmac and some very nice custom frames. I know I am biased but s-works bikes, components and frames for me are the epiphany of top drawer bike manufacturing and I know my good friend Paul Jackson in Northern Ireland would not diasagree with me.
Of course any show is not just about the products but it’s meeting the pros and people from the industry that make it all tick. You can imagine my delight seeing Sir Bradley Wiggins once again. This guy is a legend and chatting to him about tattoos and bikes was just great. Every time I have met him over the years he’s always made time to talk and just generally be cool as he is.
Of course the main stage hosted a wealth of top names. From Jonathan Vaughters talking about the new Drapac team to Johan Museeuw reminiscing on all his classics victories every guest had a story to tell and entertained the packed crowd.
As the evening drew to a close all it left was one more skirt of the stands, collect our goodie bags and head off into the crisp London night air. Once again a totally amazing evening and I would recommend get a ticket for next year as rumour has it with the theme being World Champions we may see a visit from Peter Sagan, now that would be special.
Just leaves me to say thanks for reading and subscribing and please check out my twitter and Instagram. Until next time happy riding and laters!
A wheely good welcome from Paul Ashman Cycling. I’m sat writing this on a London Underground tube journey and just thinking how can people live and commute like this all the time. It’s hot, packed and seems so stressful all the time. Give me my bike, the freedom and the fresh air any-day.
Things are continuing to pick up at PAC with the possibility of taking on a new assistant to meet the demand. One area that he will help with is a trials/bike stunts club. Teaching young students how to do this in a safe and proper way and even create the next Danny McAskill. Who knows?!?
Just last week we had the Recyles RCC Tourist Trophy which tied in with the clubs second birthday. We had a great turnout for what was a fun packed day. I can’t believe it was two years ago myself and Simon formed the club and it has grown from strength to strength. The day involved a hill climb, a free wheel descent, a speed test and guess the weight of the bike competition. It was a great fun day and Simon came out the winner with me a close second. The hill climb let me down so a little more weight needed to trim off I think to keep me sprightly up those hills lol!! A big thanks to Denis for planning the event.
So last week the route for the 2018 Tour de France was announced and crikey what a brilliant route they have put together. Individual and team time trials, cobbles as well as the Alps and Pyrenees shows a challenging and very entertaining route. I will be heading out to the Vendee region for the opening three stages which I am really looking forward to. This edition also sees the first time that teams will have only eight riders, will it deter Team Sky…..no chance. Froomey all the way for his fifth title I think.
Finally I must just mention my dream s-works build. Those of you who follow my instagram or facebook will have seen the developments and now it is ready to be built. This bike will be fully kitted with Dura Ace and S-Works components and the final build should tip the scales sub 7kg. Please check out my instagram or facebook and follow to see finished pictures once all completed.
That’s all for now folks so until next time enjoy your bikes and riding. I’ll be back after the weekend with a report from this Sundays Surrey cycle show I am attending. Laters!!!
So a wheely good morning to you all and I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely Autumn weather we are currently experiencing. Its been a couple of weeks since my last blog and I thought it would be good to touch base on whats going on in the world of Paul Ashman cycling.
The term has started in a rather manic busy way but all is good and great to be out there working with so many individuals on their bikes. I have started new projects in four primary schools on a weekly basis helping teach children everything from bike safety and handling through to the history of cycling and much much more through my 35 week course I have devised. The children turn up every week with their bikes and are loving the fun sessions we are running. Alongside this I have started three after school and one lunchtime club in schools. These run much the same way as the structured programme but with more emphasis on out on the bikes with a practical element.
For more older students I have started running an after school club in a secondary school as well as a cycling club in a sixth form college. The college club has a high calibre of riders and we have been out on some great training rides already this term. The plan with this club is to enter some sportives, races and take a trip abroad next year. With more new projects on the horizon it is all looking good and boding well for the future.
On a personal level my riding is going well and I have managed to keep up the training regularly. Just this weekend gone I raced in the Richard Kell memorial race in the cat 3/4 section which was a great race. Not until the last few laps did the peloton split probably due to the wind whipping across the circuit. I will be back there in two weeks for the final race of the series and then the week after I am racing at the Mountbatten centre in Portsmouth.
In terms of the pros most will be on their well earned end of season holidays and with the World tour drawing to a close attention turns to the cyclocross season. Roll on next year with the new season seeing some new riders with new teams. I am looking forward to some trips next year including The Tour, Paris – Roubaix, Tour de Yorkshire, Gent Wevelgelm and maybe a couple others thrown in the mix.
So all that leaves me to say is happy riding and enjoy those bikes.
So as the curtain came down yesterday on one of the best if not the best Giro ever it left us in awe of Tom Domoulin. This 26 year old from the Netherlands lit up the race from start to finish showing grit in the mountains, patience on the flat and pure raw time trialing talent in the the time trials. A little over three weeks ago the race rolled out of Sardinia with one word on everyones lips, the Colombian Nairo Quintana. Could he do the Giro Tour double? How would he do in the Dolomites and Alps? And many more questions.
Well over the next three weeks all would be revealed and it did not go to plan for the young Colombian. He was out raced by the Old Shark himself Vincenzo Nibali in the mountains and outwitted all over by Tom Domoulin.
Before any of this there was plenty of other stories to keep you on the edge of your seat from the crazy police motorbike wiping out our own G, yes bloody motorbikes again!! To another young Colombian in Gaviria taking the points jersey and four victories on his Grand Tour debut at 22 years old. Lets also not forget the epic maintain battles involving Sky’s Mikel Landa who took the mountain jersey and of course the ‘natural break issues’. That along with Quick Step Floors having there best Grand Tour in a long time it was a race full of stories.
So fast forward to yesterday and needing to overturn a 53 second deficit the current Dutch Time Trial champion Tom Domoulin truly delivered his country their first Giro victory and first Grand Tour win for over thirty years. At 26 years old he clearly has more Grand Tours in the tank and I can see him one to watch for the future.
So back to that Colombian Quintana where does it leave him? Well Le Tour is only 5 weeks away and the battle between him, Richie Porte and Chris Froome is going to be epic. All I can say is ‘Viva La Froome’ and bring on the the Tour de France.
A wheely great welcome to Paul Ashman Cycling on this sunny May afternoon. I am sat writing this while awaiting my operation. Those who have followed my woes over the last year will know where I am at but having been cancelled this week it is scheduled for next week and hopefully these head pains will soon be a thing of the past and my racing and riding can get back on track.
So as I write this the most beautiful race in the world is on the TV, yes the Giro D’Italia. This race is the 100th edition of the first grand tour of the year and the organisers have pulled out all stops to make this a special one. Starting on the gorgeous island of Sardinia the race has since moved to Sicily for the summit finish on Mount Etna and now it is firmly back on the mainland. The route is one of testing climbs, demanding time trials, explosive sprint stages and parcours made for breakaways. Already the pink jersey has changed hands four times and given us five winners. The sprints for Greipel and Gaviria and a classic summit win from Polanc amongst the stages so far.
The big boys will come to the fore this Sunday with the first serious summit finish of Blochaus mountain and who will bet against the likes of Nibali, Quintana and our own G battling out on the slopes. What we do know is the next 15 stages of this race will throw up some surprises and give us some superb racing. Catch it all on Quest TV and Eurosport and enjoy!!!
I am off to the Spin Cycling Festival this weekend so check out my instagram for updates throughout the day on Saturday from this cool fashionable show and until next time happy riding one and all.
Polanc atop Etna
Greipel sprinting to victory
Hello one and all and a wheely good welcome to Paul Ashman Cycling.
So what is a Classic? A novel that’s stood the test of time, a piece of music or song that is still played over and over many years after its release or a car like an E-Type Jaguar. Yes they all meet that criteria and term but ask someone in the Cycling world then it’s a different answer all together.
Tour of Flanders, Liege Bastoigne Liege, Amstel Gold and the greatest of them all Paris Roubaix……these are all classics in the cycling world. Every March and April the peleton heads for Belgium, North France and The Netherlands for the teams respective classics campaigns. This time of year can throw up all sorts of weather and it’s this that is one of the factors that makes every race a spectacle and an unknown. There is always a favourite but often this isn’t who wins and only the toughest hardest men in the sport survive to take top spot on the podium. Take last year at Roubaix who would have bet on Mat Hayman to triumph over Boonen, Stannard and Van Marche.
The cobbled classics of Belgium require an upmost amount of skill and resilience to conquer. Coupled with the bergs, some with up to 20% inclines it really sorts out the hardmen in cycling. Last year at Flanders Sagan broke clear over the Patterberg and soloed to victory. I don’t think many will bet against him repeating that again this year. He has already just a fortnight ago come second at Omloop and won the following day in Kuurne so is clearly showing he has the legs. After Flanders the following weekend is Paris Roubaix or better known as the Hell of the North. This is probably one of if not the hardest race in cycling. Leaving Compiegne in Northern Paris the parcours winds itself up through France to Roubaix via many kilometres of horrendous cobble stone sections. These rattle the bike and body like no other roads. Tom Boonen is one of the most successful classics riders of our generation and will be bidding for record 5th win in Roubaix before retiring after the race. It will bring the curtain down on a career from a man who has won pretty much every Classic, been world champion and wore the coveted Yellow Jersey. Good luck Tornado Tom!
Alongside the ones mentioned there are many other classics that in their own right command a great deal of talent and a raw edge to show you have what it takes to win. Whether the white gravel roads of Strade Bianche, the gruelling 290 kilometres of Milan San Remo or the relentless winds across the Belgian open lands in E3 or Gent Wevelgelm these races require a complete all round rider. Chapeau to every rider who enters, rides and to the few who conquer victorious.
So to my tips and these are just my opinion of who I feel and believe could come out on top.
Milan San Remo – many would disagree but 8 years after his previous win there I feel it’s the year for Mark Cavendish.
Tour of Flanders – I cannot see past Peter Sagan. He is a complete solid riding machine and his physique suited to the terrain the race throws up.
Paris Roubaix – I would love to see a home win in the shape of Luke Rowe like any other Brit. However it would be a fitting end to a glittering career to see Tom Boonen take his fifth victory here and that’s who my money will be on.
Liege Bastoigne Liege – already showing strength and good legs I believe this will be Dan Martins second victory in Liege come mid April
That’s all for now so happy riding folks and please check out Paul Ashman Cycling on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.