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. Maelstrom Descending - Riding Ronde Van Vlaanderen with Team Giant-Alpecin

    Maelstrom Descending - Riding Ronde Van Vlaanderen with Team Giant-Alpecin
    The cycling world is approaching the climax of the Flandrian campaign: The Ronde Van Vlaanderen. All across the Flemish Ardennes there is a palpable buzz and sense of anticipation. Teams of workers are erecting the race infrastructure; barriers, signage, hospitality tents and stands. Perhaps the only people working harder are the teams who will be battling it out over the...
  2. Handmade Heritage - The Artisan Ethos of Carradice Bags

    Handmade Heritage - The Artisan Ethos of Carradice Bags
    To say that Carradice embodies the concepts of heritage and artisanship within the production of their legendary cycling luggage would be an understatement verging on a dis-service to the small, family owned company that nestles amidst the narrow streets of two-up, two-downs of Nelson, Lancashire: Carradice define these two concepts, pure and simple. It was here in this small, northern...
  3. Malgorzata 'Gosia' Wojtyra - Storm from the East

    Malgorzata 'Gosia' Wojtyra - Storm from the East
    Malgorzata Wojtyra, or Gosia (pronounced Go-sha) for short, blazed her way across Europe in a winter 6-Day campaign that saw London, Gent and finally Berlin fall beneath her silk track tyres over the course of consecutive nightly battles in each city. This dominance of the 2015/16 Six Day season follows seven or so years of build-up that has brought UCI World...
  4. Opening Weekend - Tommeke on the Taaienberg

    Opening Weekend - Tommeke on the Taaienberg
    A crisp, bright February day. Birdsong and wisps of breath filled the cold morning air… until the oompah band rolled into town and the 2016 road racing season finally thundered into life over the cobbles and climbs of Flanders. The distant bugle call of the GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise may technically be the true réveil of the European road season, but the...
  5. A Classic Love Affair - The Past, Present & Future with Colin Clews

    A Classic Love Affair - The Past, Present & Future with Colin Clews
    Google maps offered up a 50 minute, direct journey along A road arteries. I declined this option in favour of the deserted morning lanes through arable farmland under an expansive flat, slate sky. With my destination in mind, it seemed more fitting to drive these twisting lanes and enjoy some time winding through the region’s prime road racing country, passing...
  6. Photo Journal - The Zolder Cyclo-Cross World Champs

    Photo Journal - The Zolder Cyclo-Cross World Champs
    A discipline born in France but spawning a religion in its spiritual heartland, the Flemish Ardennes, cyclo-cross has lost none of its earthy connection to community, and, as a cycling based spectator sport, it's hard to beat: you get a start, middle and an end for around 10 Euros. No hours waiting by a roadside for 20 seconds of tumult...
  7. The Heart of 't Kuipke

    The Heart of 't Kuipke
    Cutting through the typically flat, grey Flemish morning en route to Gent, the motorway exit signs read like a history lesson in cycle racing; Kortrijk, Kuurne, Wevelgem, Oudenaarde, Petegem- a pick & mix of legendary bicycle race place-names rushing past like a slideshow at full tilt. With the kilometres ticking rapidly down there is one sign that remains a constant: Gent. A...
  8. The Long Read - Team Novo Nordisk Navy Seal Off-Season Training

    The Long Read - Team Novo Nordisk Navy Seal Off-Season Training
    I can quite imagine sitting on a plane from Europe, en-route to San Diego, for the first training camp get together of the 2016 season for Team Novo Nordisk. Having never visited the United States, I'd have googled the Californian coastal resort of Mission Bay and the plush Hilton hotel that was detailed on the travel itinerary the admin officer...
  9. On the trail of Eddy Merckx

    On the trail of Eddy Merckx
    There is a reason why I am standing in a small, tidy square in the quiet Brussels suburb of Woluwe St Pierre. Why my eyes keep turning toward a garage door which belongs to a building that was once a grocery store; It was through that very garage door each morning that Eddy Merckx emerged, come rain or shine, for his 120km (minimum) training ride...
  10. In the break, bloodied, but not beaten - Charles Planet Completes a Memorable Tour of Britain

    In the break, bloodied, but not beaten - Charles Planet Completes a Memorable Tour of Britain
    Sunday Sept the 12th brought one final roll of the dice for our Aviva Tour of Britain diarist, 21 year old Frenchman Charles Planet. London, as ever, offered up a stunning backdrop in the crisp early autumn light. The flag dropped and the pace went from waves & smiles to the crowd at the start-line to warp-speed in a matter...
  11. Finding form amidst chaos - Charles Planet of Team Novo Nordisk

    Finding form amidst chaos - Charles Planet of Team Novo Nordisk
    Atlanta based Pro-continental squad Team Novo Nordisk have been animating races throughout the season with their typically aggressive racing and have set their sights firmly on more of the same during the squad’s second outing at the Aviva Tour of Britain. Hard-charging Charles Planet from the squad is providing Always Riding with daily reports from the road, and, as the...
  12. High Hopes & Heavy legs - Charles Planet of Team Novo Nordisk Talks Tour of Britain Stages 4 & 5

    High Hopes & Heavy legs - Charles Planet of Team Novo Nordisk Talks Tour of Britain Stages 4 & 5
    Atlanta based Pro-continental squad Team Novo Nordisk have been animating races throughout the season with their typically aggressive racing and have set their sights firmly on more of the same during the squad’s second outing at the Aviva Tour of Britain. Team Novo Nordisk boasts a roster consisting entirely of racers competing at the highest level whilst living with diabetes...
  13. Tour of Britain Stage 3 - Planet gets punchy

    Tour of Britain Stage 3 - Planet gets punchy
    Atlanta based Pro-continental squad Team Novo Nordisk have been animating races throughout the season with their typically aggressive racing, and their sights are set firmly on more of the same during the squad’s second outing at the Aviva Tour of Britain. Team Novo Nordisk boasts a roster consisting entirely of racers competing at the highest level whilst living with diabetes...

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