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Review – dhb Aeron Lab All Winter Polartec Jacket

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The dhb Aeron Lab All Winter Polartec Jacket is one of the most technically advanced winter cycling jackets that I have tested and reviewed to date. Combining three of Polartec's leading fabric technologies, dhb have been able to create a jacket that is exceptional in all areas of protection, breathability, and thermal regulation.

The Aeron Lab collection is dhb's range-leading line—a selection of products that push the boundaries of what can be done with fit and function of cycling apparel. It is an impressive range to see; especially for me, as I watched first-hand the brand grow from a budget beginner into an award-winning label.

The dhb Aeron Lab All Winter Polartec Jacket is a softshell jacket designed to be both your mid-layer insulation and outer layer protection; worn with just a base layer underneath in temperatures down as low as zero degrees Celsius. Like all winter layers though, it must deliver flexibility and adaptability to a range of temperatures; it does this…

Explore – Le Tour de Wight – Isle of Wight Road Cycling Tour

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Last year I published a post on '7 Essential Ingredients for an Isle of Wight Bike Ride' — they included highlights such as historical landmarks, beaches, café stops, and quiet country lanes. In this post, I have put together the 'Tour de Wight' — a custom made route that links together elements of all these highlights, and creates a road cycling tour that will show you the best of the Isle of Wight.


The route is 100 miles long, starting and finishing at the Wightlink car ferry terminal at Fishbourne. This is a convenient starting point, but you could also begin from East Cowes, Cowes, Yarmouth, or Ryde Esplanade without needing to ride too much extra distance to join the route.

From Fishbourne, the route heads south over the Downs towards Newchurch. Here you turn onto the Sustrans bike path towards Newport and continue through to the crossing at Horringford — a great piece of bike path that demonstrates the efforts made to reuse old railway line routes as bike paths o…

Review – Xendurance Nutrition Range

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The range of sports nutrition products from Xendurance holds some impressive claims. Their XENDURANCE lactic buffer claims 26% reduction in fatigue, 6x reduced muscle damage, and 39% reduction in oxidative stress; while their Hydro-X product boasts impressive anti-cramp properties. I have been testing them out over the last few months…


XENDURANCE Lactic Buffer TabletsIn clinical studies, XENDURANCE helped participants reduced exercise induced lactic acid build-up, reduce muscle soreness, increase their aerobic threshold, and help them to a faster recovery.

The product's science rests on three pillar ingredients: papain, catechins, and electrolytes. Papain is a protease enzyme derived from papaya, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory to help repair and rebuild muscle tissue. Catechins are one of the most powerful anti-oxidants; helping to fight oxidative stress during exercise. Electrolytes are there to improve hydration and assist in returning the body to its natural PH balance.

12 From 2019 – A Year in Review – One Life. Many Roads.

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This year has been a constant and unrelenting state of 'flow' — jumping between work projects and personal adventures; meeting amazing new people and exploring spectacular places. I started 2019 with very few aims or objectives on the bike; but finished it with more memorable moments than I can count. This blog post is a look back at the last twelve months — 12 photos to commemorate another momentous year in the saddle.


Year End Statistics Numbers are not everything, but they tell a story. Below are my figures for 2019, as well as the split of bike types ridden. 
My personal record broken this year was for elevation gained – 452,269 metres. The equivalent of climbing to the top of Mount Everest from sea level 51 times. Dedication to my #insearchofup motto.
Distance
25,540 kilometres (15,870 miles)

Time
1095 hours 40 minutes

Elevation Gain
452,269 metres (1,483,822 feet)
2019 Bike Distances 18,441 km – Gravel/CX Bikes (3T Exploro / Kona P. Jake) 1665 km – Road Bikes (Neil Pryde Bu…

Review – Santini Adapt Winter Cycling Bib Tights

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Santini remain a historic brand in the world of cycling, yet their products are far from antique. The Santini Adapt Winter Bib Tights are some of the most technically advanced and best performing winter cycle wear I have used to date; using state-of-the-art Polartec fabrics, seamless technology, and a fantastic fit; these are ideal cycling tights for spring/fall and early winter riding.

The Adapt range from Santini is designed for versatility. As the name suggests, the fabrics chosen for these products are intended to be suitable for a wide range of temperature and weather conditions.

The Adapt Bib Tights glean their adaption capabilities from the Polartec Smartwool fabric used in their construction. Smartwool is a unique blend of wool and synthetic yarns; creating a fabric that holds all the exceptional thermo-regulation capabilities of wool, but with added durability and improved wicking capabilities of synthetics.

The Powerwool fabric really is next-level. It is beautifully soft a…