My thoughts have been turning to how, whilst my Twitter account mixes professional and personal, I don’t do as good a job on here at ensuring both library and non-library are covered.
This being the case, I thought I would talk to you about something that takes up a lot of my time: cycling.
No, obviously not me riding a bike (really?!) but watching road cycling.
For the uninitiated, cycling is a brilliant sport to watch (as long as you avoid track – yawn!) which has lots of detail for my pedantic eye to view but also grand exploits that will impress anyone.
This weekend is the real start of the season* with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on the agenda and I am very excited as these races are the beginning of the cold, cobbled classic races which only the hard men can win.
If you too are interested in cycling (or think you may be open to persuasion) here are a few of the ways I keep up-to-date with the sport:
- Inner Ring – this website is an absolute gem. Amazing, in depth analysis and brilliant ideas. A must read.
- ProCycling – this magazine is a good source of news, comment and interviews. I previously read CycleSport which wasn’t much cop. See also Rouleur magazine which is beautiful: stunningly shot photos on amazing paper with great journalism. On the pricy side, however, so I don’t subscribe
- Velocast – a great podcast. This is a paid podcast (unlike most of the ones to which I listen) but well worth it – there are multiple shows e.g. This Week in Cycling History, a book review show. The main people are two Scots who are really funny as well as discussing interesting things. The main other contributor is Cillian Kelly who also writes about cycling.
- The Cycling Podcast – a really fun listen. Three blokes discussing cycling from a journalistic viewpoint. The specials (£10 for the year) are of particular interest as they dig deeper into the topics covered. They did an amazing special on doping last year which was immensely interesting. I have heard people complain that it is blokely but they are blokes so I think that’s rather daft.
- Eurosport – the channel on which to watch cycling. It does crop up elsewhere from time to time but it is rare.
- Real Peloton – this one is really in just in case. This is possibly my favourite podcast but it is sadly deceased.
So if this triggers some lurking Tour de France mania from back in the day, try the Spring Classics…you may like them!
*May be subject to vicious argument.