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Building dreams

There are parts of London that aren’t all glass fronted. Parts where there isn’t a Costa on each corner. Out the back of the Olympic Park, just past the Copper Box (which isn’t really copper anymore and frankly I haven’t a clue if it was in the first place) and over the canal in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium lies a little creative community within Hackney Wick. The beautifully tended canal barges that tell a story all of their own about our city but it’s just past here, guarded by a very large dog and a giant plastic turtle, where Rob has just moved into his new workspace. Rob is Quirk Cycles, he’s moved into this workshop in Hackney...

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The Stelvio

Some things you just aren’t meant to do. Things so steeped in myth that they are untouchable. I once read a book about a cyclist called Fausto Coppi, the legendary Italian rider. His story is remarkable. Not only because of his personal achievements and the time in which he did them but the effect he had on Italian society at the time. In that story the vein of the Stelvio Pass takes a special place. This iconic climb is where Coppi won to take the pink jersey and win in Milan in 1953 in the first time the behemoth was used in the Giro. He took the win in the town of Bormio, the same town where 65 years later we would...

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Tour De M25

Our journal has been a bit quiet of late, that’s not to say the pond has been stagnant, certainly not the case, we have just been a bit slack. We should have really written up our trip to the Battle On The Beach earlier in the spring (which was awesome by the way, every event should have a time trial through a beer tent) but unfortunately the boat sailed on that one and behind the scenes we’ve had a fair bit going on so it kinda got lost. We had originally lined up a lap of London in the Spring, but it snowed and we thought better of it! At the time we didn’t realise or take the time to...

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Killing Kent (ish)

The Kentish Killer is an early season sportive in... Kent. One of those rides that is not a race but people treat like a race. This one however lives up to its name, firstly because of the timing (mid Jan) and the elevation (roughly 6.5k feet in 70 miles). As a result it can’t be taken lightly really and is a full day out on the bike in the garden of England. This year the ride was postponed due to the savage winter weather. The rearrangement took place through floods and bitter winds and we didn’t really fancy that. So we went mid-week, a short hop over the Dartford Crossing to the start at Brands Hatch. Clearly riding outside of...

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The good fight

We’ve known Tom Yiangou (or Chang) since the birth of Blackmore. Within our little patch of the country he is amongst a strong group of young local riders who race both nationally and internationally. Passionate about both his riding and lifestyle choices, Tom is someone we admire greatly. As we grow and begin to choose ambassadors for Blackmore, he is a natural choice for us to fly the Blackmore flag. Tom is one of a growing number of riders and people in general who are choosing a plant-based diet. Many more of us, including us here in the Duckhouse, are taking steps to reduce significantly the amount of animal produce that we consume. The highly publicised ‘Veganuary’ has given more...

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