Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Yorkshire bike retailer announces 2015 Road and MTB teams

The region’s oldest cycling business, All Terrain Cycles which has superstores in Saltaire and Wetherby, has announced its road and mountain bike/cyclocross teams for the coming season.

Having supporting the sport of cycling since 1997 with its shop team, All Terrain Cycles has brought together some of the most talented cyclists in Yorkshire.  The 19-strong road team includes up-and-coming stars such as Chris Emsley,31, who last year won the Cat 4 race at Tameside and came in the top 10 of all the races he entered. 

All Terrain Cycles’ MTB/CX team comprises nine members including Chris Whitfield who is the SDA Down Hill Champion for the third consecutive year; and Jeremy Copeland who took second place in the XC Single Speed European Championships.  One of the most exciting riders is Bjoern Koerdt who, at just ten years of age, has already scooped the titles of Yorkshire Cyclocross Champion, Yorkshire Road Racing League Champion and Yorkshire Summer Cross Series Winner. 

“As cycling enthusiasts, we’re committed to promoting the sport and believe it’s vital to give talented riders the support they need to fulfil their potential,” explains Tony Booth, managing director of All Terrain Cycles.  “Cycling has become highly technical and riders need the very best professional support in order to have the best chance of success.  As well as taking part in our regular training rides, team members also benefit from expert servicing by our mechanics, and advice on everything from the latest cycling products for enhanced performance to biodynamics, the positioning of the cyclist on the bike.

“Each year, our teams have gone from strength to strength and we have high hopes for the 2015 season.  Chris Whitfield hopes to be SDA Champion for the fourth year in a row and with the addition of a couple of new riders, our road team is looking better than ever and is confident of putting in a strong performance in a number of national team events.”

Tony adds: “Great Britain has become one of the leading cycling nation’s in the world and with Yorkshire’s passion for the sport, we want to make sure that tomorrow’s cycling stars come from our region!”

Dating back to 1907, All Terrain Cycles is the oldest cycling business in Yorkshire.  It plays an active part in supporting the region’s cycling fraternity, sponsoring a number of cycling and charity events in the region every year such as the Bronte Sportive, the Lord Mayor’s Cycle Ride and the Ripley Castle Cyclocross.   Building on the success of its 10,000sq ft retail outlet at Salts Mill, Saltaire in Shipley, and its thriving online business it opened a second 10,000sq ft cycling superstore last year in Wetherby.  Selling many of the leading brands such as Trek and Cannondale, both stores stock over 1,000 mountain, road and BMX bikes, plus clothing and accessories as well as offering repairs and servicing.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Endura’s Equipe Exo Softshell

I’ve had Endura’s Equipe Exo Softshell for three months now and have very pleased with it. There’s a bewilderingly amount of clothing out there promising the moon on a stick, I wanted a jacket that could take me through the winter months and having tackled previous winters in a waterproof (and boiled in the bag) so I thought I’d see what a softshell could do.

 The jacket offers a complete barrier against wind and goes a long way in wet weather too, I’ve been out in some hideous weather recently and haven’t once reached for my emergency waterproof, layering a number of thin tops underneath makes it very versatile as the jacket itself isn’t overly insulated. 

The offset zip gives a snug and warm fit at the neck and the sizing is generous enough to allow layering but trim enough to prevent the windsock effect. The pit-zips are very useful and very easily reached whilst riding. Reflective but subtle trim gives good visibility and the stretch fabric gives good all day comfort. 

The only criticism I have is the large rear pocket, it’s easily accessible with a zipper-pull but inside it’s divided up with a mesh organiser which gets in the way rather than helping you find stuff, especially with winter gloves on but it’s only a small niggle.

  A great jacket, buy one, I did.