G!RO CYCLES of Esher, Surrey hosted a weekend long event celebrating all things endurance cycling. The primary focus being the Trans Continental Race, insightful stories and expert advice were shared by previous participants regaling both the highs and the lows. Brand representatives from Apidura, Sportful and Curve Cycling were on hand to answer product related questions; making the connection between
man rider and machine.
Sunday was an opportunity for customers and friends of G!RO CYCLES to ride with Kristof Allegaert; a former winner of the Trans Continental and this is where this photographic story begins. (Photo credit: Taylor Tulip-Close)
Today Curve Cycling is excited to announce that Kristof Allegaert has joined the Curve squad.
So with all this great news we're also very excited to announce Kristof will be riding with us here at G!RO on the 1st July! On the 29th, 30th June and 1st July, we are having a Transcontinental Road Race extravaganza and will be welcoming Apidura on the Friday, a Curve Demo day on the Saturday and a ride out with Kristof on the Sunday! It's going to be a be a big one and you'd be crazy to miss it! More details to follow soon...
Picture the scene. It’s a hot sweltering day. You’re out on a ride in need of refreshment. Something only a caffeine based drink will satisfy. Alas, a hot coffee won’t butter no parsnips. What do you do?! Decide on a drink that has the potential to refresh but also the potential to make you bonk on the home straight!? Don’t be ridiculous. Embrace what is the ever growing cold coffee world!
Find out about our favourite Cold Coffee brew methods and try them at home! The Cold Coffee Takeover!
We we would be nothing without people. We pride ourselves on the relationships that we've jointly created, from the people that walk / cycle through our door to the amazing brands and companies that we work with. This has allowed our cycling community to blossom due to the basic principles that we share. Jon Skinner and Paolo Mariani are the absolute definition of this! We're fortunate enough for them to share their company and riding with us. This is their #ridewithmates Cycling Trip to 'The Three Lakes' of Verona, Italy.
"Jon and I met through the fantastic Giro Cycles community. Both of us have similar goals of what we want to get out from cycling - meaningwe rarely disagree on anything about adventures however, for everything else it’s a different story."
Last week we introduced to you guys someone we think is really cool on our socials! For those of you that missed it, we're talking about Jimmy Ashby! This gentlemen is riding around the world on a Curve GXR!!! But what's even cooler is that he's 18 years old and once he completes this ginormous challenge he’ll be the youngest person to ever do this feat unsupported!! He’ll be cycling 29000km, through 18 countries & 4 continents all in aid for Motor Neurone Disease! We wanted to give you some more info on who he is, why he's doing this, how he's doing this, what you can do to help and how you can follow Jimmy on this amazing journey!
Track his journey & donate here www.jimmyashbyaroundtheworldbybike.com
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Jimmy Ashby!
Here at G!RO we follow a basic set of rules…
“Respect yourself & those around you. Listen to your body. Eat well, drink well, sleep well. Obey the Laws of the road. Respect Each other. Riders, Drivers & Pedestrians. If you see another Rider be sure to give a wave. Savour every mile. Train Hard Ride Fun. #ridewithmates.”
When it comes to eating well and looking after yourself we like to think we have you covered. We take great pride in making sure the suppliers we work with our like minded with this mission! That’s why we’d like you to meet Rawvelo. An all natural energy bar with no added crap & they taste great! Here’s their story…
We we would be nothing without people. We pride ourselves on the relationships that we've jointly created, from the people that walk / cycle through our door to the amazing brands and companies that we work with. This has allowed our cycling community to blossom due to the basic principles that we share.
This is the gent who showed us the ropes in Girona. It was so good last year that we're going back again in a couple of weeks.
The Sommet cycling aim is simple, deliver the best. The best locations and the highest level of customer service. Allow you to switch off and ride. Soak up the culture and immerse yourself in the surroundings away from the crowds. Our trips are curated, researched, not just seeking out the obvious. We stray away from training camps and sportives with the aim to show to around and experience your chosen destination.
Sommet is about the journey and the creation of memories.'
Cycling is a religion here in Belgium, a way of life, a state of mind, a cult. The Tour of Flanders the food to satisfy this hunger. One of the monuments, an iconic one day stage race and arguably the most exciting and brutal race on cycling’s long and varied calendar.
The epic 267km spring classic, features 18 cobbled climbs, these sadistic twists thrown in to punish even the strongest rider are also what make this race so special and unique. The 6 plus hours of this repeated torture will leave even the most spirited of pro riders dead behind the eyes, it becomes a war of attrition.
We headed out to Belgium and our favourite monument to experience this first hand!
Riding fast is fun, riding slow is fun, riding to the cake shop is even more fun!
Glorious CC is a group of riders who are passionate cyclists, who love a good challenge and push the limits… as long as there is a cafe at the end!
We're here to celebrate the launch of the 2018 CAKE TROOPER Kit from Glorious CC produced my Sportful. See it up close and personal here courtesy of C3 Products!
"Coffee and Communities"
Lewis Fernandes (aka Coffee with Lewis) is an online coffee blogger & social media presence that has a serious passion about Coffee! With the starting ambition to review every speciality Coffee Shop in London, Lewis has really created a great community and buzz around telling us the stories of his Coffee experiences. We were lucky enough to have been asked to participate in his Friday Feature series. Here he is talking to our very own Jordan...
'This week’s Friday Feature celebrates the return of the road cycling season by welcoming Jordan, co-owner of G!RO, to TFF! G!RO is a fantastic coffee shop in Esher (SW London) which serves up amazing coffee whilst acting as a hub for the community- cycling or otherwise. Last summer I spent an entire day here, watching a Tour de France stage and felt so comfortable and welcome. It’s a really great place with a powerful philosophy, as we’ll find out below.'
Read more of coffeewithlewis articles on his website... www.coffeewithlewis.com
Make sure you are following him on Instagram to keep up to date with all of his projects: coffeewithlewis
This week you may have noticed, through either buying a takeaway coffee or just following us on our socials, that we’ve drastically changed our takeaway cups. They’re now completely made of plants!
You might be wondering why the change? Why Vegware Coffee cups? And why are plants better than paper?
Hopefully we can give you answers to all of those questions and an idea as to why we’re so stoked and proud to have these new Takeaway Cups.
What better way to celebrate our very own cycling hard man and ultra distance bike racer (Jam Cycling Ambassador), Matt Falconer, getting the confirmation and go ahead that he will be taking part in #TCRNo6 (which is his 3rd), than having him write a blog for us!
'The Transcontinental Race is the definitive self-supported bicycle race across Europe. At the sharp end it is a beautifully hard bicycle race, simple in design but complex in execution. Factors of self reliance, logistics, navigation and judgement burden racers’ minds as well as their physiques. The strongest excel and redefine what we think possible while many experienced riders target only a finish.' - transcontinental.cc
Sounds easy right?!
Well anyway, here's Matt explaining / showing you everything you need to take to be fully prepared for the long roads of Ultra Distance Cycling!