Back in 2021 I had a baptism of fire to gravel riding when, shortly after getting on a gravel bike for the first time ever,I rode coast-to-coast across Costa Ricain two days with my husband Mark. 260km of riding with 6500m elevation including some stinking 20%ers was truly a gruelling test of technical skills as well as physical and mental strength, but I loved it. Roll forward to 2023 and despite not getting anywhere near as much riding on the gravel as I would like, it is definitely something I have incorporated into my training. WithBadlands(800km non-stop unsupported gravel race in Spain) coming up in September, Mark and I decided to enter our first gravel race,The Traka, to give us a chance to try out all our kit and get a feel for what riding that far off road might be like.
When it comes to bikes and performance, tyres are one of the biggest factors in determining how a bike feels and behaves and gains can be made from how they’re set up and their performance benefits. Setting tyres up tubeless can be a daunting task but with the right tools and an understanding of what to expect, it doesn't have to be hard.
After an unsettled night’s sleep anxious over the next day’s (and potentially beyond!) challenge ahead, my 4am alarm shook me awake on Saturday morning, alerting me to start consuming my bowl of rice, yoghurt, jam and strawberries - my classic pre-race carb dense meal of choice. I forced the spoonfuls into my mouth, knowing that despite my lack of appetite at such an ungodly hour, I would very much be thanking myself for every gram I consumed in the coming hours. After a final equipment check and some ingestion of strong coffee, I rolled my bike over to the start line of The Traka 360, with plenty of time before the 6am start.
We are excited to announce our partnership with materials experts Hypetex, bringing together Parcours extensive research and development focus and Hypetex’s innovative and world leading engineering approach. We will be offering a limited edition of 10 gold wheelsets, available to order for customers from Tuesday 25th April, in an incredible paint free gold finish, using patented technology where colour embeds in composite.
Parcours Strade wheels and Team Hutchinson-Brother UK were put to the test this weekend at the first Road National Series race of the UK calendar, The Cicle Classic, with riders proving the strength and depth of the team and the Strade’s their all-road performance ability once again.
We are very excited to announce Maddy Nutt as our newest ambassador for 2023. Maddy, a gravel racer from London, has recently switched to privateer life after racing on the road and gravel for Team Spectra in 2022. We caught up with her to find out more about her plans for this year and what her typical training week looks like.
We are very excited to announce Izzy Sharp as a Parcours athlete! Already a National and European Champion at Junior level, Izzy is an incredible TT racer and who also loves a classics race. We caught up with her before her season kicks off to find out more about her plans for the year…
In December last year Parcours athlete Caroline Livesey took an incredible win at Patagonman. Patagonman is an extreme triathlon, which by definition is held over more extreme courses and potentially more extreme weather conditions due to the remote locations and large elevation changes.