Tim

Tim Bladon lives in Nottingham. He strongly suspects his chances of a solo victory in Il Lombardia are starting to fade and so seeks to distract people from this fact by writing about cycling instead. Tim has his own blog, Ciclissimo!

  1. Open House: Nightclubs And Dropped Trousers With Eurosport's Ashley House

    Open House: Nightclubs And Dropped Trousers With Eurosport's Ashley House
      Ashley House: British Eurosport’s Grand Tour coverage’s Johnny-On-The-Spot when it comes to grabbing a candid word with riders and sports directors as the pre-stage espressi are sunk and the finish line carnage and elation erupts. Armed with a microphone, an easy charm and his boyish yet playfully rakish smile, it’s Ashley’s voice, smooth with a pleasing hint of Sloan-ish...
  2. Who wears what? The Always Riding guide to the Tour de France Leader's Jerseys

    Who wears what? The Always Riding guide to the Tour de France Leader's Jerseys
    Name me a race that can boast a publicity caravan to rival the Tour de France's eclectic & frankly alarming assortment of the weird and wonderful, and I'll give you a Cornetto - from the Tour de France Cornetto promotional vehicle. The Tour is immense and confounding, and that's before the race hurtles by in a blaze of colour and...
  3. Mr Dan Fleeman On Racing, Escaping & The Art of Tranquilo

    Mr Dan Fleeman On Racing, Escaping & The Art of Tranquilo
    Dan Fleeman started out his racing career on mountain bikes at an after-school club which introduced him to riding and racing at age 11. The foot & mouth outbreak in the early 2000's pushed him onto the road - a trip to Belgium to hammer around the Kermesses soon followed: Road Racing took over. A spell with an amateur team in France was curtailed...
  4. Definitely Happy: Toms Skujins On A Life Argyle

    Definitely Happy: Toms Skujins On A Life Argyle
    Browsing 25 year-old Latvian Toms Skujins’ results throughout his professional career to date, the viewer is treated to a pleasingly steady upward trajectory. From the early days at La Pomme Marseilles (now Team Delko Marseilles Provence), whose leap to Conti status was garnered via a co-operation with the Latvian cycling federation in 2011, through to a solid debut season (the...
  5. Cycling Guide to Girona: Nathan Haas shows us the eats, meets & rides

    Cycling Guide to Girona: Nathan Haas shows us the eats, meets & rides
    Girona is without a doubt one of the meccas of the road cycling world. Nestled an hour or so north of Barcelona and just 40km from the Mediterranean coastline, the enchanting and playfully twisting catacombs of archways, alleyways, and hidden plaça sit upon a confluence of four rivers which flow down from the lush mountain terrain surrounding the plain in...
  6. Married to the World Tour

    Married to the World Tour
    Liz Hatch, Brooke Gillott and Kerri Mowat all have other halves who race for three of the most powerful World Tour outfits of recent years: Team Sky’s Andy Fenn, Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Nic Dougall and Tinkoff’s Jay McCarthy. Ex-pro Liz settled in Italy after calling time on her racing career. Brooke and Kerri left jobs and university Degrees behind...
  7. What Liz Did Next

    What Liz Did Next
    Around a decade ago, Liz Hatch arrived on the shores of Europe with her racing bike, suitcase and dreams. Comparatively late to racing, Liz oozed Crit-Racer's fight coupled with Centrefold looks, and the results, popularity and controversy that followed became a heady mix for the cycling media. For a while, they couldn't get enough of her, until Liz decided she was not being taken...
  8. Interview: Racing Captain Ryan

    Interview: Racing Captain Ryan
    It's fair to say that time trialling is deeply entrenched in British cycling lore and custom, to the point of obsession for many devotees. Burton, Engers, Yates, Boardman, Botrill, Wiggins: all Gods (to name but a few) in the church of the Race of Truth. Widely considered the Blue Riband of Holy Grails at this altar is the National 25...
  9. Neutral Observer: Riding Shotgun With Shimano Neutral Race Service

    Neutral Observer: Riding Shotgun With Shimano Neutral Race Service
      The bustle of the start village fills the little market square of Zottegem. The usual array of World Tour and Pro-Continental team buses line the main shopping street of the modest Flandrian town. Crowds flock around them, spotting heroes who obligingly pose for pictures with babies inbetween greeting friends from rival teams ahead of the 2nd stage of the...
  10. Race Report - 2016 Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic

    Race Report - 2016 Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic
      It's the morning of the 2016 Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic. Team WPG Amsterdam's young DS Arthur Van Dam is delivering a crash course in feed-zone technique to Always Riding's sidekick Tess amidst the pre-race bustle and prepping in the team area. “Hold it out just like this” Arthur demonstrates with one of the small, yellow musettes as it dangles loosely on...
  11. Matt Brammeier: Champion Rising

    Matt Brammeier: Champion Rising
    Sitting semi-slouched on a restaurant chair in one of the few quiet corners of the Hotel Mecure in Roeselare, Matt Brammeier exudes the relaxed demeanour of somebody who has finally found his niche within an occupation that has gifted him nothing. The path to where he now finds himself has demanded deep self-belief and a survivor’s instinct, eyes always open...
  12. Meet The Maker - Halley Stevensons

    Meet The Maker - Halley Stevensons
    The car escapes Edinburgh via the huge spans of the Forth Bridge and heads towards the foothills of the Highlands. We are driving to Dundee through the beautiful, rugged terrain of Scotland's east coast. It is these mountains and the unforgiving North Sea that call the tune in these parts as far as the weather goes, thus it is no surprise...
  13. Break out the Jupiler, the Ronde is in Town

    Break out the Jupiler, the Ronde is in Town
    There was, a few years ago, a TV show aired on a domestic Belgian Channel. It was a show about the Ronde Van Vlaanderen - but not as a history lesson, cataloguing years and winners; the show followed the threads of numerous ordinary people's lives on this very special day. There was a corporate VIP who, through a catalogue of...

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