Get fit for 2008 with Cycling Plus

Let the experts at Cycling Plus be your guide to a better cycling experience in 2008.

Christmas is looming, and while the idea of presents and a drunken fumble at the office party makes that an exciting prospect, it also means that the New Year is on the way. And that means those bloody resolutions.

Every year I resolve not to make any New Year's resolutions, but by January 2 I'm swearing that I'll never mix Drambuie and Baileys in one pint glass again and deciding to, once and for all, stop sleeping in hedges.

And, of course, I always resolve to become a fitter and faster cyclist. Yep, I'll do the L'Etape du Tour. Sure I'll set a mega impressive TT best. Without doubt I'll shift a stone from my Lycra bulging body... you get the idea.

In fact, I bet most of you are the same. So, here's the deal: if you've got a plan for 2008, no matter how big or small - be it to get under 25 for a TT10, ride up Hautacam in the Etape without crying, save five grand by riding to work rather than taking the train, or shifting your spare tyre (not the one for your bike) in time for your honeymoon - then let us know here at Cycling Plus.

We'll then pick a select bunch of you to join Squadra CPlus. Once on board you'll obviously receive a much sought after Cycling Plus jersey, but we'll also help you reach your target with training advice, nutrition tips and bike buying know how. You'll also get to see your mugshots regularly plastered over the pages of the mag.

To help you out I'll give you an idea of what I want to achieve in 2008 - a big Sportive under my belt and, if they'll let me in, a respectable finish at the journos World Cycling championships. (Yes, they do exist.)

So - email your stories to Cycling Plus, and let's race into the New Year together.

Rob Spedding
Editor, Cycling Plus

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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