Kilchoman Sanaig

IN: CYCLINGMALT OF THE MONTH COLUMNTRAVELSWHISKY

Perfect time for a Malt of the Month column having just returned from a three day cycle adventure around Kintyre, Islay and Arran visiting many of the great distilleries. Having visited ten distilleries and tasting around forty whiskies the tricky thing now is to pick my number one from the trip. A Bowmore 18yo Single Sherry Cask was pretty special, as was the Cask Strength Lagavulin 12yo but it was from the tiny family owned farm distillery at Kilchoman that had the resounding winner. After visiting six distilleries on day 1 and plenty more drams in the Port Charlotte hotel that evening the next morning involved a gentle peddle over the hill from Bruichladdich to Kilchoman where we were greeted with the greatest bacon roll I’ve ever had followed shortly by a sensational tour and a glass of new make spirit. Everything about this place makes me smile and it wasn’t the whisky that left me with a warm fuzzy...
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Tom and the Peloton Ventoux Rouge

IN: CYCLINGWINE OF THE WEEK COLUMN

I doesn’t take much to get me excited about good wine but with such an abundance of good wine it’s important to come up with something clever and innovative (and perhaps with a link to cycling) to get me really going. So a small producer in the Ventoux called Domaine des Anges have not only created a brilliant wine but also a brilliant label paying homage to one of Britain’s greatest ever professional cyclists, Tommy Simpon who died a kilometre from the summit of Mont Ventoux on the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France. He was only 29 years old and this special and very limited release coincides with the 50th anniversary of his death. ‘Tom and the Peloton’ is a blend of 90 percent Syrah and 10 percent Grenache and offers lots of white pepper, cured meats, resinous herbs and sweet red and black fruits.  A memorial on the roadside close to where he died near the...
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Kwaremont Beer

IN: CYCLINGNEWSTRAVELS

This is the first occasion that I’ve done a piece on a beer, strange seeing as we’re as enthusiastic about them as we are wine and whisky. We have an area dedicated craft producers, granted most are Scottish, however this piece is being allocated to one from the country whose name epitomizes beer production; Belgium. The Kwaremont is famous for being one of the most iconic stretches of road in world cycling. A steep 2.2km section of cobbles that comes towards the end of the 265km race of The Tour of Flanders. Imagine the excitement when I find myself on the Kwaremont for this year’s edition of the Tour of Flanders slurping on none other than Kwaremont beer watching the pros race past. So after weeks of messing around, a shipment of this brilliant Belgian beer has just arrived. Would it taste as good as on that wonderful spring day in the Flemish Ardennes?? OH YES!! It’s been a week and I...
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Wines to enjoy during the Tour de France… and you don’t even need a bike

IN: CYCLINGEVENTSWINE

We’re now almost a third of the way through the 2015 Tour de France so we thought it would be a good time to look at the brutal route the cyclists take and see which wines we can all enjoy along the way. Of course, Christopher Froome, Alberto Contador et al won’t be thinking about wine is they push their bodies to the limits of human endurance but at least we can (wine, not human endurance). The Tour de France is a punishing sporting spectacle that only the bravest and fittest of athletes could ever hope to win. It also happens to weave its way through, and near, dozens of France’s premier wine producing regions and that makes the event a magnet for sports fans and wine connoisseurs alike. Watching the gruelling Tour de France might not put you in the mood to jump on a bike and hit the road (although we’d recommend you try it) but there’s a...
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Canicatti La Ferla Nero d’Avola

IN: CYCLINGWINE OF THE WEEK COLUMN

If you’re planning a visit to the shop any time soon then you might notice something a little strange going on. As cycling enthusiasts you may think that we’re branching out into becoming a bike shop. With a shiny new bike hanging from the ceiling you can be forgiven for thinking such a thing. Instead, we thought it would be fun to run a competition using one of our favourite little wines. Canicatti La Ferla Nero d’Avola was a fairly recent discovery and in just a few months it’s proved incredibly popular so we decided to ship a silly amount over from Sicily in order to make the competition work out. By doing this we’re able to knock 25% off the price of the wine (£10 down to £7.50) and with every purchase of this wine (also the white and Rosé) you will enter a draw to win this Giant Defy 0 2015 Road Bike worth £1000. The wine itself...
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Win a £1000 Road Bike in conjunction with Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

IN: CYCLINGEVENTS

Giant Defy 0 ’15 (See the bike – www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/giant-defy-0-15) Enter into the prize draw with every bottle purchased from the Canicatti range, you can enter as many times as you want! View the wines in question HERE All wines 25% Off – down to £7.50 Delivery throughout mainland UK (free delivery on orders over £150) Bike sized up for the winner Draw will take place on the final day of the Giro d’Italia – 31st May 2015 Excludes Bike Coop and Lockett Bros staff and family members.

Tour of Britain – Stage 2

IN: CYCLING

With an all star lineup at this years ToB including Bradley Wiggins, Nairo Quintana, Dan Martin and Mark Cavendish, how could one resist the opportunity to spend the day on the Honister Pass in Cumbria. The best stage of any ToB to date according to many. Fantastic day even in the driving rain and freezing conditions. Check out our facebook page out to see more pics »