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In The Box

In the box: adjective State of being on the limit, head 'chewing' the stem, blurred vision, and unable to do anything but think about pedalling. Over a second lunch at a five star hotel near Henley on Thames the idea was floated and agreed. We would meet again before Christmas and ride the Ridgeway, a trail in central southern England, as part of a cyclocross epic. Now the circumstances of the second lunch can remain undisclosed but the cast treading these particular boards are two experienced hitters from Wessex, the perfect foils to draw scribe into a false sense of security. We met bright and early in the village of Kingsclere, nestled down a dark road somewhere south of Reading....

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Off grid?

The world has moved on rapidly in the last ten years. Wherever we look we are surrounded by information and more often than not it is coming from the palm of our hand. The online nature of Blackmore makes it worse, or better, because we justify it by telling ourselves that at least we aren't just wasting time on Facebook, when actually invariably we are. Whether we are looking at our social media, email, various messaging services we seem to be forever fixed to a screen. Now we can't moan too much, it is after all the platform from which we do the majority of our business, how we communicate with you guys in a variety of ways and of course all the...

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The London Etape

Three years ago Blackmore was born. We rode RideLondon. A great day but we essentially did it on our own in our Blackmore kit. Three years ago a couple of guys from Hornchurch, Essex had finished playing football and began cycling. Hornchurch Cycling Club was born. Three years ago the Tour De France came through Essex. Not quite new kit day but a great day to show it off! In the time between then and now a lot of hard graft has been done by both parties and here we are at the 2017 London Etape, a sportive that goes out from the Olympic Park in Stratford in the shadow on the velodrome. Hornchurch Cycling Club is now thriving with...

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Cross is here!

For the last few years we have been promising ourselves in the Duckhouse that this year is the year we have a crack at cross! Each year the beginning of the cross season starts and we have been bike-less or with part of a bike or in one instance just a pair of tyres. This year however is the year! We made this decision in March after missing out a bit of racing the previous summer and missing a bit of competition and intensity. Cross for us screamed to be the one, an all-round test of fitness and bike handling and, well, a bit of silliness. To a casual observer cyclocross looks a bit crazy. What is effectively a road-bike...

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You'll know, because we closed the website down, (if that is you check back on a regular basis) that we toddled off to Eurobike a couple of weeks ago. If you have been to the London Bike show then you can be safe in the knowledge that it isn't like that really at all, apart from the fact that the same people are there but in a bit of a different capacity. It was our first time there and we had a couple of meetings lined up to complement the time spent wandering around looking at things!  Eurobike lies in the German town of Friedrichshafen, a town that appears to be built around their exhibition center with a variety of...

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