At Christmas time there’s no need to be afraid. Well, there is if you’re anything like me and booze and birds – of the roast variety – are your yuletide downfall. For the last few years I’ve promised to exercise after Santa’s delivered the pressies and before I settle down to Christmas lunch. And for the past few years I’ve failed to deliver on that promise. Something always seems to stop me clipping into my pedals or – whisper it quietly – pulling on my running shoes. Surely it can’t be because the excitement of standing in front of the mirror in my new pants, socks and jumper beats the the thrill of riding on supernaturally quiet roads? Anyway, this year will be different – I’m getting on my bike on Christmas morning. Who else is riding on December 25?
Content Director Rob's first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. Rob – who spent 12 years as editor of our very own Cycling Plus magazine – is a proud MAMIL who commutes by bike and rides sportives slowly. He's completed a number of big rides including the 2018 Etape du Tour, dropped out of quite a few more and refuses to shave his legs unless for money. He's currently riding a Ribble Endurance SL and a CHPT3 Brompton. At 185cm and 80kgs he can't get shorter but he could get leaner.