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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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Wet and wild in the Chilterns.

We had been looking to do a ride outside of our normal radius for a time now. As discussed in our last blog we haven't really travelled too far from our regular riding routes for a while so we downloaded the route of the Chilterns classic to our garmins, checked it out and got ready to find a spare day to go out and take some pictures, ride the route, chat about the climbs and the villages we would go through and such like. Dawn a chat at our local evening crit that went something along the lines of: I fancy a long ride... I'm doing this... Oh I was gonna do that this weekend... Alright lets do that... Cool...

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Escape from the city

The blog has been a little quiet of late. A reflection on a few things in the Duckhouse but certainly not of inactivity! We have been busy doing lots of stuff behind the scenes as well as sorting kit orders for customers who have been busy riding everywhere from the Alps to Barry Island! At the time of writing we have loads of you guys battling the elements for a few hours in RideLondon and also select few venturing out for London-Edinburgh-London; yes you read that right London to Edinburgh and then back to London. We are pretty determined to join that ride on the next edition in four years time and the chances are that when you're reading this...

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