Monday, 27 October 2014

We're sponsoring Ripley Castle Cyclocross

We’re really excited to be involved in one of the region’s newest cycling events. Cyclocross is a great sport which is growing in popularity as more people discover the fun of taking to two wheels in some testing conditions. The Ripley Castle race is the perfect way to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and get 2015 off to an exhilarating start, whether you’re an experienced rider, a complete novice or just fancy watching everyone else getting muddy!

All entries are via the British Cycling website:
Entries will close on 26 December although the novice and children’s races can be entered on the day.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

12 months into owning a Giant TCX SLR 1

12 months into owning a Giant TCX SLR 1 and its time to sum up my time aboard it...
Cross biking had always been something that interested me, but never made it any further than that until I was offered a year’s riding aboard one.

The back ground I come from has always been mountain biking into the middle of nowhere with the hope not to find anyone, but find some nice flowing single track instead, hence the cross bike being of interest rather than a road bike.

The first and lasting impression I got from riding the bike was how much distance could be covered along bridal ways at ease, and how it effortlessly glides along hard pack trails.

Over the last year the bike has seen a multitude of different types of rides, anything from a quick commute to work through the woods to going exploring into areas I have never been tempted to before due to heavier, slower bikes. The advantage of the cross bike is that it is such a versatile bike that really can turn its hand to anything, although I kept getting reminded that it was a rigid skinny tired cross bike when I tried mountain bike speeds down some rocky descents!!

The first few rides really enticed me into the whole cross scene, this had a lot to do with having hydraulic brakes which helped when things got a little too fast, but unfortunately they didn’t remain on the bike for too long due to an international recall because of a machining error in factory. This led to me using some avid BB7 brakes for about 8 months which in their own right do a good job at stopping, but compared to the hydraulic stoppers really did make me wind my neck in when it came to descending. Luckily they are back on the bike and I can get myself back up to speed ready for some winter slop to grace our trails.

For anyone who wants to get the miles in over winter, but doesn’t fancy playing with the traffic I couldn’t recommend the Giant TCX more.

Tom Markham
All Terrain Cycles Salts Mill

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My first 60 minutes racing in Belgium - Peter Barusevicus - All Terrain Cycles Team Rider

The Garmin’s timer had just rolled over one hour.
I had covered twenty-eight miles in my first sixty minutes of racing in Belgium. The peloton fanned across the road as it approached the corner, with riders bracing themselves for the onslaught that lay across the other side. I was positioned well, maybe a little bit too far back that I’d like, around 30th place, but still ahead of seventy other riders. The squash came, the brakes where applied, lean into the corner, watch the head of the race accelerate out, wait for your turn, chase frantically after the wheel in front. Except there was one problem. The wheel in front was slowly drifting away. And now other riders where motoring past me. I looked at my Garmin again. It said 38mph.
 I looked again. 37.5. Still riders were sailing past me. I looked behind and saw the meandering tail of the bunch whipping across the road as riders held on for dear life. They all came past me. I put in a final effort to catch the coattails but to no avail. I had been dropped. I waved the ambulance through; I wasn’t ill, I just wasn’t good enough. I waved the broom wagon through; I could still finish the lap. Begijnendijk kermesse was my first race in Belgium and I lasted only an hour in a contest that lasted just under three. Racing in Belgium now looked much more daunting than it did before. My Belgian adventure starts back in November 2013 when The Dave Rayner Fund announced its roster of sponsored riders for the following year. Looking down the list of former National champions and junior series winners I felt a little bit out of my depth. From November, I had only to train and race till the following summer, easier said than done when I’d had just moved to University in a different city with the bike as my only form of transportation.
Nevertheless I put down roots and starting finding the local groups to ride with. That winter, as you may know, wasn’t great with a ridiculously large amount of rain and snow. One memorable ride saw me caught in a freak blizzard at the highest point of the Cat and Fiddle road in the Peaks. Needless to say, motivation was hard to come by and come spring I felt I hadn’t done enough to warrant funding and was considering withdrawing from the Fund. Luckily in March I had a weeks riding in the mountainous Costa Blanca region of Spain. Form shyly stepped forward towards the end of the week and was followed by confidence. I decided to stay on the fund for the time being. In May I won a local criterium from a bunch kick that was a much needed confidence kick.
 My mind was now set on Belgium and I emailed the Rider Liaison at the fund, Jocelyn Ryan to sort out all the technicalities. Belgium welcomed me on a sunny day with blue skies and calm winds in the first week of June. After dragging my suitcase and bike box half way across the country from Charleroi airport to my new home just north of Leuven (the home of Stella Artois), I said hello to my housemates. Stoyko Bussarov was a very international Bulgarian would lived near Cambridge and was now racing in Belgium.
He was my first friend out there and I’d like to say thanks for letting me use his espresso kettle and giving me lifts to the brutal 1.12a races over at Aalst. My second housemate was an Australian from Adelaide, George Tansley, former national Madison champion and a recent signing to the Lotto-Belisol U23 team.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Our new mobile website has arrived and it’s smarter and sleeker than ever!

Whether you’re out riding or sat in the office, you can access All Terrain Cycles quickly and easily, directly from your mobile device.

After we noticed that customers had been accessing our new webshop increasingly more over the last 6 months, we decided to implement a new website just for mobiles. The website is optimised to fit to the width of the users screen and show products in the best possible way.

We have had many glowing reviews of the new mobile website since launching last month. Click here to view if you're on your mobile.