have also brought out a new line of cycling wear, getting rid of the retro
gold shorts and bringing in new denim shorts and a cute pair of floral cycling
shorts. Check the range out at Topshop, where you simply search cycle.
Thats just a few suggestions, probably just for girls though, that
will prevent the smirf look Ive told you about.
Ive written this new article for CycleCrank because recently it
was national cycling week. Apparently, national cycling week always
leading up to the London to Brighton bike ride, but I only know
this because Dad has been doing that thing again where he repeats, something
that he thinks is interesting, about a million times! I dont actually
know what national cycling week is all about but Im guessing if
youre really sad you could go out celebrating the greatness of cycling
or something like that...On the subject of cycling in local bike rides,
my family and I have all recently participated in a couple of bike rides
near us, including the Tadworth Wheels of Steel , for the second
time running and a small section of the London to Brighton bike
ride. In the Tadworth bike ride, we were meant to be doing the 25 miles
race, but under the circumstances of weather and tiredness, we decided
only to do the 10 miles cycle and this resulted well, as we left off at
about 10 o clock and were pretty fast at the course going around
Tadworth and around Epsom Downs.
It was really fun and at half way there were only 2 cyclists ahead of
us, but then of course, Dad needs the toilet! And we get over- taken by
two more people.
It didnt matter though because we over- took everyone on the hills.
It started bucketing it down and my legs actually turned bright
pink because the rain was hitting the bare skin so hard!
We came to the finish line first before anyone else and then I just really
wanted to go home to a hot chocolate and warmth!
We also took part in some of the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday
and our cousins also came along. We didnt officially register in
the race, but we did join in and it looked like my brother, my cousins
and I were by far the youngest people taking part. We rode to about Redhill,
which is pretty far for us and cycled back up this really steep hill which
half killed me.
In total we went just under 20 miles which we were happy with. Dad is
determined to make us do the whole thing next year...I think I will be
ill that day... I can already feel a headache coming on...
Oh my God, I really cannot believe that the Tour de France is on again.
I think they should have it every 4 years like the Olympics because I
havent been able to watch a thing on the TV this week its
either been the Tour de France or the Wimbledon Tennis, it is all completely
boriinnnnnngggggg. All it is is some random cyclists riding along on bikes
to win some trophy. Couldnt they try and win a trophy in some other,
maybe more exciting, sport perhaps. Id much rather be out cycling
Oh well, Ill have to put up with it for some time now, I dont
know when it finishes. I hope its soon. Haha. I swear, if I get
another call from Barry Astral asking to speak to Dad about the Tour thats
on the TV at that moment, I will scream. I mean it, they can both see
the TV in their own homes they do not need to discuss what both of them
are both seeing. Id rather talk about Big Brother ?
Ok. Thats it
from me speak soon. Emily x
Edition's Intro from Emily...
Hello. I am Emily
and my Dad is cycling mad! If we have an inset day at school and we dont
know what to do, Dad ALWAYS suggests, How about we go cycling?!
I enjoy cycling, but honestly, when my tyres need pumping and he tries
to explain how to fix it, its almost as if hes not speaking
English! Its valve caps, nozzles, cassettes, rear derailleur and spokes,
I dont know what any of that means! But, when Im actually
on my bike its great, its a sense of freedom and its
a good way to think things over if youre stressed. Cycling is a
great form of exercise and I find that it is easy to fit into my everyday
routine; cycling to school or just going cycling for a break between homework.
I like to be healthy and I feel much better after going cycling; even
if Im extremely tired! I enjoy going cycling with my friends and
family too because you can travel faster to a destination and everyone
enjoys the activity of cycling.
Last year, my Mum, Dad, Brother and I took part in the Wheels of Steel
race, for which we all got kitted out with lycra shorts, fingerless gloves,
jackets and our bikes were fixed to perfection. On the day, it was it
was hot and the sun was shining; the perfect day. We were only doing 10
miles, but it seemed like such a lot! We cycled around the Epsom Downs
roads and motorways and after a while we got a break where people gave
out bottled water and bananas. We continued on and it felt such an achievement
to finish! We were given medals as souvenirs of the day and we all ordered
ice-creams from an ice- cream van! It was great fun and we are hoping
to do it again the year, but the 25 mile race this time. If you want to
know more about the Wheels of Steel races search wheels of steel in google
for more information, click
Every four years, when the Olympics are on, my Dad is forever watching
the cycling and every four years my Dad says, In a few years time
that could be you Emily! You could be an Olympic cyclist! Ha! No
thanks! I dont want to be an Olympic cyclist; they get all sweaty
and have to wear lycra all-in-one suits with sponsored companies on them,
Eww! Okay, you would be a glorified champion who would probably be on
the news and in newspapers and everyone would know who you were if you
came first, but I am seriously not going to get to be that good in a matter
of years. I only go cycling about thrice a month! My brother cycles more
than me, he could be an Olympic gold medallist if he wanted, because,
though I hate to admit it, he is sooo muchos faster than me!
The only thing I can really understand and talk about in cycling is fashion.
I quite enjoy the fingerless, padded gloves and the tiny lycra shorts,
but some of the things that they sell in cycling shops (clothes- wise)
are absolutely repulsive! I mean- come on- youre going to be cycling
around in public in this, you dont what to look like a smurf with
an electric blue, drawstring, bag- like thing on your head, do you? No,
I didnt think so. But, I have news for you if youre looking
for some stylish cycling gear, it may not be so efficient or sustainable,
has come up with an interesting line of cycling
gear which you might like to see.
Thanks for reading my first article come back soon for more.