By Chris Smith

Friday 20th January 2018

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Dream of Riding like a Pro?


Like us; chances are you came to cycling late in life. A diet of hockey, rugby and football more than likely took you through your school years, and you never really got a chance to ride a bike much; other than pulling skids and wheelies in the supermarket car park. So also like us; there's probably a tiny part of you that thinks that if you had discovered the joys of cycling earlier, you would be much better than you are. It could be you, pinning on that race number and riding the colour co-ordinated bike.

But the joy of cycling is that you can go and pretend you are a pro and follow in their tyre tracks. You can buy (or rent through us) the same bike, the same shoes, the same jersey, and if you really want too; the same socks! But better than this. You can ride exactly the same piece of road, and we are experts are making this happen for you! I can't think of one other sport where you can take part in that sport, in the amphitheater, using the same equipment. Manchester United would never invite your 5a-side team down to use their pitch, and Mr Hamilton is never going to invite you and your car to take on his Mercedes round Monaco!

You can look at pro's times on Strava, and try to get close (and at Bikecation we always go with the rule, that if you take a pro's time and double it, this makes you a very decent cyclist). You can ride exactly the same, famous stretch of white road, cobbles, hill, or mountain, anytime you want. And this to us; is one of the things that make cycling great. Last year we rode the Col de Soller, chasing Kwitikowski's time of 12:15 (it wasn't close), climbed Alpe D'Huez like Pantani,(the like Pantani bit, was only in the mind), and struggled up the Col de Galibier, on the same day as the TDF, on the same bike as ridden by the Dimension Data Team, (and this is where the similarities ended). We loved every second of it.

What catches your imagination? Contact us if pounding over cobbles, negotiating the white roads of Strade Bianchi, soaring up Alpine passes or sprinting into San Remo take your fancy. We can make your inner self's sporting dreams come true, (without you needing to be a pro!)

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