Paris-Roubaix 2015: Meeting le pavé

NORTHERN France's wind and cobbles called for a select troupe of five St. Tiernan's soldiers. Two weakly signed up for 30km of the infamous pavé, but a trio took aim for it all; 160km of riding, 50km of pavé, untold levels of suffering. Here David Corr, le patron of le troupe, recounts a damp day of commitment, ... More

‘Mud-caked cogs caused shifters to be manipulated with fists’

NORTH wind, rain, cobbles, hills - welcome to Ronde van Vlaanderen's cyclosportive. Here's former chair and seasoned Classicist Brian Kilbride's story. Two years ago Ronde van Vlaanderen was run off in near freezing conditions, this year was nearly as poor for the first four hours, followed by overcast skies and cold ... More

Rush raids the Alps

August 11, 2014 - Peter Rush has featured here before; as a rebel of fashion. But he is also an unwavering rider keen to push himself, quietly, wherever possible. Here is his account of one such occasion, earlier this summer when he took on the Raid Alpine sportive with Marmot Tours. Thonon-les-Bains to Antibes. Six ... More

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2014 Part 2

Continued from LBL 2014 Part 1 By the turn in Bastogne we had only one categorized climb ticked off. . However we were pacing ourselves, we were eating and drinking well and we were enjoying the beautiful rolling Ardennes hills. Old German and American tanks litter the route particularly around Bastogne were the Battle ... More

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2014 Part 1

Eight St.Tiernan's riders took part in this years edition of the toughest sportive on the spring classics calendar replicating the course of the race the professionals would ride the following day. A long winter of well thought out training had us all setting out reasonably assured that this year that the road book and ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 4

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 3 The Sunday exceeded all our expectations. We had a good nights kip but no one was able to make it up to head out to the main square for the pre-race interviews and introductions at 9am. There was a train at 11am to close to La Redoute and and a visit to the Philip Gilbert fan ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 3

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 2 Temptation number two and the road to Trois Ponts and it's train station. I stopped to gather my thoughts - there was still plenty of light- should I stop for a while to eat and rest. I pressed on. A sharp turn just at the bottom of the descent from the Cote de Wanne. - and ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 2

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 1 It was getting too cold to hang around so we departed in dribs and drabs and slowly assembled on the road. The turn off for the 160 km route was passed soon after and a worrying number were turning away . It seemed that we had missed the main crowds doing the big loop . Again ... More