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 a wheely good welcome to you all from Paul Ashman Cycling and I hope you are all still enjoying these last bits of Summer and sun and getting out on your bikes.
This last week to ten days has been exciting in many ways. Chris Froome delivered his second Grand Tour of the season and did so in style. Taking the Vuelta‘s red jersey on stage three he never looked back and troubled securing the victory. This was his first Vuelta victory but I think not his last. He has five Grand Tours to his name now and the big question I think on everyone’s lips is will he take on the Giro to give him the chance of the clean sweep of all three and join that elite club of riders who have done that. Only time will tell but at the moment he clearly is the rider of the moment and the one to beat in a Grand Tour stage race.
So this brings us on to the World Championships and the rainbow bands. Yesterday saw young Tom Pidcock smash the Junior time trial to take gold and add this to his growing collection of accolades and all at only 18 years old! What next is the question but you can be sure he has a superb future ahead of him in the cycling world. Today is men’s time trial day and clearly a shootout between Froome and Doumolin. The climb near the end I think will play it’s part and it’s down to who can keep that momentum to the end, whatever we are in for a treat and of course still the road race to come on Sunday. Keep tuned and let’s see who takes the rainbow bands. I’m going for Froome today and Kwiatkowski on Sunday.
Finally an update on Paul Ashman Cycling. Things are going full swing for me at the moment with the new business taking off really well. New projects have come in already and a wide range of activities taking place throughout the week. It’s early days but I feel it’s going to grow and become a worthwhile business venture that will give many access to bikes and fuel my passion for the love of cycling.
Until next time one and all happy cycling, stay safe and see you soon.
A wheely good evening to you all as I bring you this from the car on my way back from the Tour of Britain. This country gets knocked for so much but sure knows how to put on a bike race. This was stage 4 of this years Tour and a cracking stage it was.
We started out at 6:00am from home for the trip North to Mansfield and to soak up the action before the stage started. In a sunny Mansfield town centre it was buzzing with fans clambering for that allusive autograph, pose for a selfie and get the best spot for the roll out.
As the riders rolled out we made a dash for the car and took a stop at the feed zone to see the riders pass and deposit musettes and bottles aplenty for all us fans to grateful pick up and return home with. At this count 6 musettes and 5 bottles and still the finish to go.
After a quick stop to see the peloton pass through Retwoth we hit Newark for the finish. They had it set up to a tee and we found a great place to see the finish on the big screen amongst the 100’s of fans in the fan village. As expected it came down to a sprint finish and Fernando Gaviria duly delivered for the Quick Step team (see pic of me and him above prior to race starting). All this left was the sweep of the coaches for more selfies, bottles and more. It was a pleasure to meet G and get the selfie and his signature on my yellow jersey. All in all a fab day and now looking forward to seeing the last two stages at the weekend. Until then happy riding one and all.
A wheely good evening to you all on this chilly Sunday evening, well it is to me after 7 days of continuous 30 degrees plus!! This was my fifth trip out and the rides on this surpassed all before. After the early part of the week I have written about there were still more col’s to enjoy/enjure/persevere!!
Wednesday was a rest day but a short spin of the legs is what we told Jason, like a club run to flush the legs through. Haha this turned into a 1000 metre climb of the Col D’Ornon. The road wound its way up through the valley as the morning sun sprinkled the tarmac with golden rays. Once at the top it was the fast sharp descent back to the chalet before heading off to Grenoble sight seeing.
So that took us to Thursday and what a day. In any Grand Tour they have the Queen stage, regarded the most brutal day of the race. Well this day was our Queen stage day as we took on the Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraph and Col du Galibier. Over 15,000 feet of elevation, nearly 10 hours in the saddle and some brutal leg burning riding, Yes this was a cycling holiday!!! But boy so glad we took it on and even though fell short of getting back to camp before dark (massive thanks to Andy Caton Curdlér for picking us up in the van) had an epic day in the saddle. This was almost the same route as stage 17 of this years tour and to follow the greats a couple of weeks later just amazing.
So Friday was our last day riding and we left a true gem for this day………the Col D’Izoard. This mountain held its first summit finish of Le Tour back in July and what a climb. For me this was the gem of the week with gorgeous scenery, sweeping bends, sharp hairpins, magnificent views and of course the Coppi monument near the top. A truly great day in the saddle and in my five years of riding probably one of if not the best day cycling ever. To add to this day while we were on this climb Dennis who came out with us rode the Alpe D’Huez climb, all 21 switchbacks at 84 years old, what an absolute legend, totally brillaint. If that doesn’t give you inspiration to get on your bike nothing will!!
So that was this years trip to the Alps with Paul Ashman Cycling and Recycles RCC and we all had a blast. So much so we have already booked the chalet for next year and not just one but two chalets as 11 of us going across.
As for this week I am off to Bournemouth for some chill time with my girls, kim and my parents. Will the bike go with me……well you never know haha. Until next time bye for now and happy riding all of you 😊🚴🏻