Katie Archibald column: The joys of the ‘friendly’ bike ride

"I even got dropped for a bit just to make it clear that there’s no shame at all in bonking. I was fine though."

Katie Archibald

I’m writing this sat in the front of an Archers Sleepcentre van, one of three. I’m not the one driving, or the one doing all the talking; I’m the one typing. We’re cruising through Dumfries and Galloway with six bikes in the back — three TT bikes for racing on and three road bikes for having fun on. My legs are sore, because this is the return journey.

This morning we (me, my friend Jesse Mitchell, and my dad) raced the fourth round of the Sigma Sport time trial series, in Castle Douglas. I won the women’s, my friend Jess was third, and my dad missed a turn and went the wrong way for 20 metres, which is undoubtedly where he lost the 10 minutes he was down on the men’s winner.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.