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Scottish cycling foods III: Tunnocks

Nicked from the Inner Ring, the idea of theming food around cycling and a region is one I will stretch a little further to breaking point in this post.

Tunnocks- a great Scottish brand, which has the requisite energy to sustain a cyclist for an hour. It’s something I have packed into my pocket on occasion but not routinely.

But the real question is: Teacake or Wafer? I’d go for a wafer, but not in summer, where it would certainly melt.

Teacake-head manvia ilike

Scottish Cycling foods II: Irn Bru
Scottish Cycling foods I: Oatcakes

Great Scottish CX jersey

VC Moulin encompass all cycling disciplines (I believe) but they are known for cyclocross. There’s something great about their jersey with its nod to the Belgian national colours and the powerful logo.

Pic by Brian McArdle on flickr.

We’re almost at the end of the cross season in Scotland and there has been lots going on, some great races, but alas I have too been strapped for time to do the scene justice. The final two races at Mull are coming up next weekend.

Check out Dave Hamill and John McComisky’s Dig In Mate series of videos for a typically Scottish, light-hearted (and sometimes rude) look at some of the races. These also really deserve a separate post… they are great.

French club cycling vocab

There are lots of guides to French cycling vocab out there, with the familiar phrases such as grimpeur, rouleur, pédaler avec les oreilles, etc. There are lots of guides to vocab that you see relating to the Tour or racing, but less that is used in everyday situations. I’ve been trying to infiltrate the local club scene in Brittany, where I spend my summer holidays every year, and even with good French it can be tricky.

I’ve found that local road clubs tend to fall into one of two types, the ‘Vélo Club’ type, which seems to be more race oriented, and the ‘Cyclo Club’, a touring/road riding club more oriented to sportives and leisure riding. I haven’t got in with any race clubs as yet but I’ll post a bit more in due course.

Cyclo Club St Méen club hut
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Cycling books: Slaying the Badger by Richard Moore

In 2011, Richard Moore, Scottish journalist and writer published Slaying The Badger – Lemond, Hinault and the greatest ever Tour de France.

It’s an exploration of the 1986  Tour de France – in Moore’s eyes it’s most fascinating ever edition of the race. It featured ‘a show-stopping rivalry’ between Hinault – the belligerent elder statesman of the peloton – and his young American teammate, the brash, unconventional Greg Lemond.

Richard Moore's new book
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Cycling book: David Millar’s autobiography

David Millar’s autobiography was published in 2011.

Millar’s book originally came out inbetween the 2011 Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, entitled Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar. According to a French magazine article Millar at one point said the book was hampering his winter training miles, blaming the concentration required to write. He said it brought out the perfectionist in him and ended up focussing a lot of his efforts on writing. He missed the cobbled classics after illness set his form back, so it’s not clear to what extent the writing affected his form- but I’d expect this to be covered in press interviews for the book.
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Scottish Cycling foods 2: Irn Bru

Irn Bru is high in energy and a garish colour- what’s not to like for a Scottish roadie?

Irn-Bru jersey by Foksa

It’s also Made in Scotland, from Girrrders, and unpronouncable, too. Steel is real man! (and cheap)

To those that don’t know, Barr’s Irn-Bru “has long been the most popular soft drink in Scotland, with Coca-Cola second, although recent fierce competition between the two brands has brought their sales to roughly equal levels.[2]” more fascinating facts on wikipedia

Scottish Cycling foods 1: oatcakes

Scottish Cycling Foods I: Oatcakes

Inspired by The Inner Ring’s Euro Foods series, I have been meaning to do some lighthearted posts on Scottish Cycling Foods.

We all know cyclists love cake during a cafe stop or at the end of a run. But they can also be obsessive about weight, and this healthier type of cake is a Scottish speciality that can help in that regard.

I was first introduced to oatcakes as a snack by a couple of junior racers – Jack Barrett and William Bowers. They have low-GI carbs, helping to fill you up, and low fat. Unless you put a slab of cheese on top that is. I now scoff about five or six of the things every day.

Nairn’s are my default choice for the Scottish oatcake, and they can be enjoyed with cheese, like a mature Mull cheddar, and a dram of whisky. If I’m going for something a little nicer I’ll pick up Stockan and Gardens.

Picture from Stag Bakeries Hebridean oatcakes