Tales from the Velothon 2016: Steve Castle

The Velothon 2016 was a no-brainer for me this year, having ridden the inaugural event last year. I registered my interest for this year almost immediately after finishing in 2015 and booked my place from a hotel room in Johannesburg last November in a bid to make sure I got a spot. This year, like last, I rode with Steff, who I know from Flickr, Twitter and even in real life. Although I like to ride off on the climbs and he leaves me for dead on the descents, we were reasonably evenly matched with our riding and had a … Continue reading Tales from the Velothon 2016: Steve Castle

Tales from the Velothon 2016: Tomos Jones

I didn’t take part in last year’s Velothon. Growing up as a skinny kid in a rugby mad school had put me off competitive sports, and cycling was something I did mostly for social and commuting reasons. I ride a heavy tourer rather than a fancy-pants road bike, and I’d only recently made the begrudging foray into the lycra world of bib shorts for a week spent cycling from Holyhead to Cardiff (highly recommended, but not the focus of this blog). Velothon, on the other hand, just seemed a bit too focused for my ‘stop and smell the roses’ approach … Continue reading Tales from the Velothon 2016: Tomos Jones

Tales from the Velothon 2016: Gareth Thomas

When I first saw last year’s Velothon Wales advertised I knew it was a challenge I wanted to take up. However, as the weekends and months flew by and the latest promise of another health kick failed to get off the ground I realised it was too ambitious. Fast forward six months or so and for various reasons including work, family and an impending milestone birthday I’d decided it was finally time to get my proverbial bottom into gear. This lifestyle change started in August last year and on New Year’s Day I decided to set some goals. My wife had … Continue reading Tales from the Velothon 2016: Gareth Thomas