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Photo Blog: Riding the Rapha West Country Prestige

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The Ultimate Bikepacking Breakfast - Rude Health Cereals

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Breakfast is most definitely the most important meal of the day. Your body has been without food for eight hours or more; so by the time you head to the breakfast bar, it is craving nutrients, protein and fuel; to repair, rejuvenate, and ready itself for the day ahead.

Breakfast is even more important, when you have an active day ahead. My 'Coasts and Cols' Tour will certainly involve activity; with an average of 200 kilometres a day, up and over the Pyrenees. It will be a challenge to fuel right. Luckily though, I should be in Rude Health…

My breakfast options are sorted, at least for the first few days of the tour; I've stocked up with Rude Health granola and muesli. The Spanish aren't renowned for their breakfasts, or for being open early; so it seemed prudent to come well-prepared with breakfast provisions for the first few days.

Here's what I'm packing…


Rude Health Coconut and Chia Granola This little number is packed full of energy and flavour. With a di…

Review: Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket

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Your 'Every Ride Carry' - what you carry with you, when you head out on the road or trails, is an incredibly personal choice. It could suggest you're a daring personality; adopting a stripped-back approach, but chancing a mechanical. It could suggest you're adventurous; taking enough supplies for an epic ride. It could suggest you're super organised; when there is a place for everything, and everything in its place.

Adopting a Bellroy wallet as part of your 'Every Ride Carry', suggests minimalism, adventure, organisation, and class. The Bellroy products that I've previously reviewed on the blog quickly won me over, and many of them now feature in my kit layouts for every ride.

The new Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket is one of the most recent additions to the extensive Bellroy wallets range. It is a smart weatherproof pouch; designed to hold phone, cash and cards; all in a protective package.

The wallet is made from waterproof leather, and has a …

Wednesday Watch: Quest by Mavic

Review: POC Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet

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My review of the POC RaceDay Octal helmet was a winner; it fast became one of the most viewed and most re-tweeted posts on the blog. The helmet itself, also won me over; with its super lightweight, well-vented and incredibly comfortable design; not to mention its 'alternative' looks, and superb safety rating.

The new POC Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet, looks like it could go one pedal stroke further; providing increased protection, and an even louder colour palette and feature list.



AVIP MIPS Protection System MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. The design, which constitutes a 'floating' inner shell, aims to reduce the rotational forces on the skull and brain, in the event of an oblique impact to the helmet.

The MIPS system provides even greater safety protection, to what was already an outstanding safety rating for the original Octal RaceDay. The POC Octal series has greater coverage and more protection provision around the temples, than on most other…

Review: Après Vélo AV Performance Cycle Kit

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I seem to have developed a love for loud kit. It is a strange development; because I'm not a loud person; far more a guy that wears a blue shirt, than one who wears a Hawaiian flower-splash one! The new-found interest has led me to look for new and interesting designs though; and it wasn't long before I eyed up the new AV Performance range, from Australian brand Après Vélo.

Après Vélo are probably better known to blog readers as a casual clothing brand; as it is their tees that I have previously reviewed here on the blog. The new AV Performance range, is the brand's diversification into on-the-bike wear though; and it is as loud, and as interesting, as some of their great cycling inspired t-shirts!


AV Performance Short Sleeve Jersey First up, the race-cut Performance Jersey, from Après Vélo. This is a short sleeve, full-length zipper, modern fast-dry fabric cycling jersey. The fit is great, and much like other Italian made jerseys. The fabric is robust, yet breathable; whi…