Friday, 6 December 2013

Some banter and road safety...

Some more great news for the 2014 season...I'll be working with another two well known brands of the cycling world - POC and Lizard Skins.

POC is a Swedish company that produces top of the range protective equipment for mountain biking and snow sports.  Their light weight, high performance gear provides ultimate protection from injuries. Come at me steep, rocky trails!

Cortex Flow helmet
Have a look at the full range of POC helmets, goggles, body armour and accessories on their website:
Joint VPD 2.0 Knee pads

Lizard Skins have been around since 1993 and sell products worldwide across all cycling disciplines.  They produce a huge variety of cycling components for road, BMX and mountain biking. I particularly love their colourful range of grips, which you can even customize! Check out their products here:

Lizard Skins grips

Off-season training is going well with lots of gruelling spin sessions from Coach James. The University Sport Performance Programme are providing weekly strength and conditioning sessions with professional coaches. They have tailored my gym sessions to include lots of really specific strength exercises to help with position and control on the downhill bike. We also got Uni team kit, which adds to the fun!

modelling the UoD Sport Programme team kit...lovely.

University is tough just now. I'm in my final year, so it won't be long and I can completely focus on doing my best in the cycling world. I graduate in June 2014, just in time to head out to Europe for some European and World cup races, still can't get over how excited I am about racing in the elite category!

stepping down at Ae Forest SDA.

I'd like to thank the companies who have teamed up with me for 2014 so far. I really can't wait to do you all proud! POC, Lizard Skins, 100%, Flare clothing Company, High Rise Bike Skills and Muc-off.

Contact James on twitter: @jamescycle

On a more depressing note...there have been a horrific number of fatal cycling accidents on the roads recently. The rise in the number of cyclists commuting and riding for leisure is fantastic, however statistically it does put a lot more people in danger. I really can't stress how important it is to maximise your chances of being seen. Use reflective clothing and high powered lights on the front and back/ sides of your bike...blah blah blah...It's so easy to state the obvious and repeat what all cycle safety articles advise...but even wearing the right gear does not even come close to guaranteeing your safety on the roads. You must be 100% aware of your situation and the surrounding traffic at all times. Listening to music on the road is a definite NO and always assume that the vehicle hasn't seen you or that they are driving too fast. Riding in a large group is one of the safest ways to hit the roads and a lot more fun too. 

Go out on your bike, enjoy the fresh air, good health and freedom it gives you, but never stop reminding yourself of how dangerous your situation is and please take care.

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