What a summer and back to schools….

Well a wheely good day to you all and what a summer we have all had and one we will not ever forget but for many will want to. For me the moment lockdown occurred my work in schools was shut down and that along with all my races, cycle camps, events and trips cancelled left me having to re-evaluate. First was work and this is where Amazon stepped in and I ended up doing 22 weeks there. It was an interesting experience and allowed me to witness a different industry along with gain fitness and lose weight, that’s what 20- 30 thousand steps and more a shift does. This in turn helped my cycling no end and I have hit the Autumn stronger and fitter on the bike as well as now enjoying hills lol!!!

Over the course of the summer I did manage to get some great cycling in and also tried TT racing which I thoroughly loved. I had many adventures on the bike which included the following:

  • Solo gravel adventure to London and back along the Thames
  • Mini trip to the Welsh Black Mountains with my great pal Neil
  • Club trip to the Peak District including ticking off the legendary Cat and Fiddle
  • 425km one day epic ride to the coast with Carlo
  • And last but no means least 8 days bike packing around the gorgeous south west coastline with the Caton Curdler taking in Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset

As I said I decided to enter some TT races which I have loved so much. I ended up dong six with five of these being on the local Latton 10 mile course. By the end of the series I got a PB down to 23:34 for 10 miles which I am super happy with, I think a TT bike is next on the shopping list. That feeling of just going as deep as possible within yourself against the clock is an amazing feeling and something I am going to develop for next year.

So that brings me on to now and the current time and the best thing for me is being back in the schools coaching the young students of Swindon. After being away for so long it has been a joy to be back with the schools and seeing how all the students have progressed through lockdown with their own riding and now I am back helping them progress further. We have cycle camps back on at Half term so hopefully things will continue to move forward this way.

I can’t end this without a mention to the Tour de France. OMG what a race and in my view the best one ever. A couple of months ago it did not even look like it would happen and so for it take place was a spectacular thing. Then the race itself was just incredible with day after day of the most exciting racing and performances from the likes of Hirschi, Bennett and of course the win in such dramatic circumstances by Pogecar made for three weeks of mighty fine cycling.

So as always everyone stay safe, enjoy your bikes and until next time…….LATERS!!!!

More kids on bikes…..

A wheely good evening from Paul Ashman Cycling. I hope you’re all enjoying the increase in temperature and getting out on your bikes more, I certainly am and even nicer to be a bit warmer on the playgrounds of Swindon schools. Apologies for the lack of blogging recently, I blame it on bikes, cycling and out training too much!

This blog is an update on the current schools work and also about the inaugural Paul Ashman Cycling Easter holiday camp. The Swindon schools that I am working in are taking on the cycling at an alarming rate and more and more children are on bikes and enjoying the sense of two wheels and the fresh air more and more. Recently I have been busy expanding into new areas and in particular within the White Horse Federation including soon to be visiting schools across the county. Things are certainly expanding at a phenomenal rate and it is great to have Jennifer Purcell on board to help deliver the projects. Currently we see nearly 700 children a week and this will only increase. As I always say get more kids on bikes and let’s see more riders out on the roads. Only too often I see adults not riding or out enjoying cycling and I firmly believe this stems from grass roots level so my mission is get that sorted and we will have so many more out cycling the Swindon cycle paths and roads. Let’s aim for less car use and more bike use. If you have any questions or enquiries around Cycling in schools please get in touch.

As you can see from the poster we have the first Paul Ashman Cycling holiday camp coming up in a few weeks time. There are just a few places left so please get in touch if you want to sign your child up. The aim of the day is to have fun with challenges, games and competitions, learn more about cycling skills and maintenance and take the children on to local bike paths and trails. It promises to be a fun filled action packed day.

Until next time cycle safely and most of all enjoy it. Laters!!!

My Interview on Swindon 105.5 FM

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.

PAC Update

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.