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Lifecycle 2015 archive


Here's our 2015 Lifecycle articles for you to read at your leisure

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Rio around the corner 

Aline Simoes Interview

In order to promote Rio 2016, we're interviewing up and coming riders from around the globe. We start things off with Focus XC rider from Brazil, Aline Simoes. Read it by clicking the image to the right. 

Cycling in Morocco

Morocco Cycling Adventure

New ladies cycling deputy editor, Helen Harris, recently travelled to Morocco on a cycling adventre. Read her acount here

Geoffroy Lequatre - G4 Dimension

Geoffroy Lequatre Interview

Geoffroy Lequatre is more than simply an interesting character. He is a former professional cyclist (3 x TdF rider) – a man of steel and mental toughness. Furthermore, he’s a former Tour of Britain winner from 2008, at a time when British Cycling was really coming to the fore. And a really nice guy to boot, who I could talk to for hours.

 These days Geoffroy is the director of G4 Dimension Cycling Clothing, along with him wife and fellow athlete Petra. I caught up with him to share a chat about cycling and how his journey has evolved. 

Pedalling North Day 3 

Pedalling North - Day 3 

Helen Harris takes a trip into Nidderdale with editor Rob, discovering the hidden beauty of this superb cycling location 

Pedalling North - Day 2

Pedalling North - Day 2

Helen Harris takes on an epic day 2 in her first cycle touring trip, getting GPX'd and wet along the way!

Cycling Greats - Vincenzo Nibali

Modern Cycling Greats - Vincenzo Nibali

As the 2015 Grand Tours begin, with the Giro D'Italia, we interviewed the Italian cycling master, and asked him about his life in cycling, and how it all begin. 

Special Cycling Places

Special Cycling Places

Editor, Rob Thorpe, explores those secret gems that we all love to ride, and that we keep for our cycling solitude or for rides with close friends. 

Tour de Sapper 2015

Tour de Sapper

The Royal Engineers are a proud Corps within the British Army. These guys have served all over the globe, over the centuries, to protect our freedoms. Every year, a group of them get together, have a few beers and go on a great bike ride from Leeds. Our news editor, Garry is one such guy...and he invited the editor along for the ride!

Cycling Ceramic -

Spinning the Wheel

Cycling Ceramic - Spinning the Wheel

French cyclist Yohann Proust wanted to be able to go developing aspects of the bikes technologies even further. Looking at the bearings, Yohann set about producing the very best ceramic bearings in the world. In a short space of time, he has a UCI World Tour Team on board and a World Hour Record breaker on board. 

Can they help you and I ride faster? Let's see! 


Pedalling North - Cycle Touring to Yorkshire

Pedalling North - Cycle Touring

Our Cambridgeshire writer, Helen, took a few days for a trip on her bike to Harrogate and then into Nidderdale. Read about day one here. 

Further articles will follow...

Hartside Duathlon for the First Time

Hartside Duathlon

Zoe Wilson writes about her first duathlon event, tackling Hartside Fell - no easy feat for anyone. If you're looking for inspiration, then read on...

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Here Come The Girls

Here Come the Girls!

Helen Harris explores the development of cycling accessibility for women in her area of the country and beyond. In doing so, she shows how things are evolving to support this growing band of cycling sisters!

My Growing Obsession with Cycling

Girl on a Bicycle

Helen Harris from Cambridgeshire, writes about how she used her daily commute as a springboard into the wonderful world of social cycling.

As an inspiration to others, she outlines how easy it is to become hooked on bikes!


Great Rides - Great Dun Fell



'Great Rides - Great Dun Fell'

Our routes editor, Norman, recently took an excursion up 'The Dun', one of the great rides in the north. He seems to have started a trend, as Ian Nuttney, the cousin of our managing editor, Robert, has also made the trip up - in beautiful May time snow! In this article, Ian writes of his epic 'spring' ride.

Made in Yorkshire 

Baldwin Bikes

Baldwin Titanium Bikes - Beverley, East Yorkshire

Rob and Phil travel across to East Yorkshire, to see how Richard Baldwin crafts his bespoke titanium bikes.

A passionate artisan, Richard hand builds his steeds in his own workshop, as 'made to measure' bicycles for customers who want to ride something very special. 

In Praise of Winter Nights

Year-round, Clock-round Adventure.

Routes Editor Norman Hadley goes on a wild 'n' snowy excursion to Gatesgarth Pass in the dark depths of winter and muses on Eating the Whole Banquet.

Keeping It, Er, Fun

A care-free cycling site

Routes Editor Norman Hadley on What It's All About (and not about)

Diary of a Cyclist

The Cyclo-Cross Challenge

New member of the pedalnorth team, James, takes to the red at Dalby...on a CX bike! 

Read about his ride here

Global Cycling

Ladies Downhilling, Brazil

Ladies Downhill Mountain Biking, Brazil


Marina Ferrari tells us how she started doing downhilling with friends in Brazil, and the fun that it brings her.

Global Cycling


The bicycle in Images that matter

Bicycling Around the World


In 2010, Grace Johnson and her photographer husband, Paul Jeurissen, set off to explore what the simple bicycle meant to commun ities and families around the world. This brief article reviews the eBook of their travels. 

Global Cycling

 The Cycology behind Cycology

Sarina, from Cycology Cycling Gear in Australia, tells us how their company came into being, and explores her own cycling path. Having great weather is an obvious benefit, as Sarina explains the numerous cycling disciplines and rides with friends that have helped form her cycling persona.


Global Cycling

Adam Marsden - Downhill Racer

Phil Walton-Smith met recently with rising downhill racing star, Adam Marsden. Adam tells us how he got into downhilling and gives us an insight into what the future may hold for him.

Global Cycling 

Global Cycling is a series of articles in which we examine cycling and what it means around the world

Marina Ferrari is a cyclist and Sao Paulo resident. She tells us what cycling means to her, why she cycles and introduces us to the night biker scene of Brazil. 


Life on

a Bike

An examination of what cycling means...

Our editor briefly examines what the feeling of cycling means to people and why we ride

A Damp Winter 

Riding in the Rain...

Mark Eric Larson is a renowned American blogger. In this article, he shares with us, his thoughts on cycling in the wet - very apt at this time of the year!


Bronte MTB Ride for Charity



A worthy way to spend the day


Debs and Phil tackle the Bronte mountain bike challenge in support of a worthy cause.

Video Killed the Radio Star


Press pause for social interaction

A short but philosophical look at how we use modern mobile phone apps and the dangers it poses to social interaction

Riding Off Piste at Yearsley

Livingstone I presume!

Our intrepid editor takes a ride off piste in Yearsley Woods. Set within the Hoarwardian Hills, Yearsley is easily accessible from York and the southern edges of the North Yorks Moors. 

Whilst little used for mountain biking, it has some great hidden trails that climb and fall in all the right places. 


28th April 2014: Routes Editor Norman Hadley reminisces about that first proper bike and what it opened up.

Gear Ratios
A boyhood cul-de-sacked
by privet hedges,
neat white fences, ended
with the restoration of a bicycle,
the solemn slotting-together of
its sprocket-ingenuity.
He began to understand the maths:
if he could ride five times
the distance he could walk,
that’s twenty five-fold on the area
of wapentakes within his radius
of exploration.
If he could set the tension in the chain
correctly, it could catapult him past
the here-be-dragonned map-horizons.
wapentake : An administrative subdivision in northern English counties, developed under Norse influence, and corresponding to hundreds in the rest of England.

Made in Yorkshire

Brodie Skin Care - yep!


Our Welsh adventurer, Garry, has been busy recently - testing moisturiser! Yep, that's correct. When we got the call from Alison Brodie of Brodie Skin Care, we couldn't think of anyone more suitable. 

Read about the product and how soft Garry's skin is here!

Made in Yorkshire





Neil Dunkley of Moonglu Performance Cycles at Ripon, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, makes wheels that have travelled across the world. Watching Neil weave his magic in the shop is something really special.

Rob Thorpe is a regular pilgrim, having had Neil rescue his wheels for many years now. We spoke to Neil recently about how he started out in the dark art of wheel building.

Made in Yorkshire

Arthur Caygill

(frame builder)

Arthur Caygill has been riding and producing bikes in the Dales town of Richmond for many years. With a selection of materials: carbon; steel; steel with carbon fork; and a variety of steel types, these frames are measured to you and built to last a lifetime. We took a trip along to his Richmond shop and workshop, sharing a coffee, stories of cycling and what it means to build a real bike. Framebuilder Steve shared his passion for bringing these wonderful machines to life. This article covers our visit and should encourage you to pop along yourself and see how things are done when bike frame are 'Made in Yorkshire!'

Made in Yorkshire

Sutton Bank Bikes and Pace Cycles

We visited Adrian Carter and the team at their new store based at the National Park Visitor Centre. Being on the edge of the National Park, the shop is ideally placed for cyclists on both the road and the trails.

Adrian and the team are developing cycling facilities in the area, in conjunction with the North Yorks Moors team and have already created some great trails. We also took a look at the new Pace steel hardtail - review of which will follow shortly.

Open Borders

RideCzech MTB Holidays

Rideczech is owned and run by Jody and Martina Hamilton and is based in the far east of the CzechRepublic in a little town called Jablunkov. With the Polish and Slovakian borders a short ride away, the Rideczech house is nestled in the valley with mountains to 3 sides and the town centre, a 10-minute walk away. All rides start and finish at the house…so no hassles with transport…just kit up and ride off.
Jody moved out to the Czech Republic a few years ago now, and this article shows exactly what he and Martina have been up. If you fancy a trip to Europe on the bike, then here's a great alternative to the crowded areas of the main Alps resorts.  

Expanding Horizon's 


'Life's for the living ...' is now into its second year and it continues to grow. This article explores the theme of 'expanding horizons' generally, giving a very personal perspective before leading into how the website itself will be expanding in 2014. 




A winter ride in Wharfdale

Garry  gives an entertaining account of a mid life crisis ride in wintry Wharfdale.

Snow, rain, hail, high winds, steep hills - sheep and more sheep. 

It's a good lesson in preparing for a ride and knowing your limits - in all conditions!

Developing a c2c mtb route


Rob Thorpe tells how the new mtb c2c route came into being and how it was developed.

The route is now completed and available as a map from Harvey Maps. The team at are in the process finalising the guidebook. Whilst other coast to routes exist, Rob writes how this route was put together with an emphasis on great trails, even if it took a few dips down on occasions. 

For a detailed look at the route, visit the link from the  navigation bar at the top of the site.