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  • ALPE D'HUEZ STAGE 12

    ALPE D'HUEZ STAGE 12

    The tackling of the Alpe d'Huez is a firm favourite of many, to watch and to cycle. The 2022 Tour de France's showcase stage is a repeat of the 1986 Alpe d'Huez stage. Thuis route consists of two major climbes, the Col de la Croix de Fer (29km, 5.2%) and, of course, the Alpe d'Huez (13.8 km, 8.1%).
  • Beginner's guide to the Tour de France

    Beginner's guide to the Tour de France

    For a pro cyclist, the ultimate accolade is to be picked by their team to ride the Tour de France. But most will finish hours behind the eventual winner - if they finish at all. Here’s our beginner’s guide to the Tour de France, its route, the riders and the contenders.
  • 2022 THE STORY SO FAR

    2022 THE STORY SO FAR

    As we pass the halfway point of 2022, we round up Pearson’s highlights of the past six months. Here at the world’s oldest cycling company, it probably comes as no surprise that anniversaries are a bit of a thing. While the Queen recently celebrated 70 years in business, so to speak, it’s a milestone Pearson reached back in 1930, when Her Maj was just...
  • Lake Como Circuit

    Lake Como Circuit

    Starting in Menaggio follow the lake road to enjoy beautiful views of Lake Como, and idle through the quaint villages along the way. Take in Lake Lugano on the Italian Swiss border before tackling the main event of this ride, the Passo della Cava, 11km long with an average gradient of 8.4% plus an 11% sting in the tail before the summit.  Rejoice and refuel at a wonderful hilltop...
  • POCKETS OF GREEN

    POCKETS OF GREEN

    Cycle through some of London's greenest spaces this summer. Laced with many an opportunity for a picnic in the park, this route sees you through the grandest, Richmond, Bushy, Hyde and Regents, before heading back to the Pearson shop in Sheen for afternoon tea.
  • BIKE THE STRIKE - SIMPLY ROLL WITH IT

    BIKE THE STRIKE - SIMPLY ROLL WITH IT

    With industrial action on rail services planned for next week, now’s the perfect time to switch a different kind of tube. At Pearson, we’re well-stocked to get you rolling on two wheels, the ideal way to get across – even out of – town. 
  • DUCHENNE DASH - LONDON TO PARIS IN 24HRS

    DUCHENNE DASH - LONDON TO PARIS IN 24HRS

    This London to Paris in 24 hours ride is in support of the wonderful charity Duchenne UK and will be taking place this weekend. Riders set off on Friday the 10th of June and will be crossing the finish line on the 11th of June. Departing from the iconic Herne Hill Velodrome riders will be heading over some punchy hills as they make their way...
  • Shimano vs Look pedals: What’s the difference?

    Shimano vs Look pedals: What’s the difference?

    For most riders, the choice is between Shimano and Look pedals for their road bikes. Here’s a rundown of the two pedal ranges and what they each offer.
  • LANDS END LOOP

    LANDS END LOOP

    This punchy cornish loop starts and ends in Penzance. This route will take you along the famous cornish coastline. Take a picture at the famous Land's End signpost and pedal through many a quaint village such as Mousehole, Porthcurno, St Just and St Ives, where you are more than likely to find many a famous cornish pastie. 
  • Team Backstedt battle in the National Champs

    Team Backstedt battle in the National Champs

    Report written by Mattie Dodd. Last weekend the National Championships took place up in God’s Own Country (Yorkshire) on the edge of the Howardian Hills (I seriously question why we live in London when places like this exist). Both the TT and the Road Race used the same 17.5km lap (with 275 metres of elevation), albeit with different start and finish locations on the...
  • Should you go 1x or 2x for gravel?

    Should you go 1x or 2x for gravel?

    Gravel bikes aren’t one size fits all and there’s a lot of diversity in how they can be specced for different objectives. One of the largest decisions is whether to fit a double chainset or go one-by. Here’s what to consider. As gravel bikes have developed, there’s a range of bikes to suit different off-road uses. That’s reflected in our range of adventure bikes,...
  • PEARSON X CANTII WAY

    PEARSON X CANTII WAY

    After the great success of King Alfred's Way and West Kernow Way, Cycling UK has launched its latest route The Cantii Way. This 145 mile (234 km) loop starts and ends in the village of Wye, close to Ashford, in Kent. We were elated at the opportunity to provide Cycling UK and their touring partner Pannier CC with our range of gravel bikes for...
  • FROM PALACE TO CASTLE

    FROM PALACE TO CASTLE

    Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubliee with a Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle ride. Starting at Buckingham Palace the route takes you through Richmond Park, pedal through the tranquil Surrey countryside to the majestic Windsor Great Park. The return leg is shorter and faster, so you'll be home in time for your Jubilee celebration feast. Pop into the Pearson shop and say hi on your way past - we're...
  • Brompton declassified: a guide to the folding bike range

    Brompton declassified: a guide to the folding bike range

    It’s the most recognisable folding bike in the world, seen under everyone from London commuters to ex-pro David Millar riding around Girona. But there’s not just one Brompton, with a range of different specs, weights and prices and lots of options. We’ve broken the Brompton code and will tell you what it all means.
  • WINDERMERE WANDER

    WINDERMERE WANDER

    Cycle around the famous Lake Windermere in the picturesque Lake District. A route that is best done in the morning or later evening as this tourist haven can be busy throughout the summer.
  • Dura-Ace vs Ultegra - what’s the difference?

    Dura-Ace vs Ultegra - what’s the difference?

    With the introduction of 12-speed Dura-Ace and Ultegra last year, Shimano narrowed the options available and also the differences between its two top end groupsets. But there are still reasons why you might prefer one over the other.
  • TIME TO CHANGE

    TIME TO CHANGE

    24 speeds from a single ring groupset - how does that work? The answer is: with Belgian brand Classified’s clever new hub gear.  Photo Credit - David Arthurs Here at Pearson we’re always looking for the best new products to up your cycling experience. That’s why we’re proud to be one of the first UK brands to stock the Classified hub gear system, available...
  • TALKING HEADS

    TALKING HEADS

    Sunday 15th May sees the end of Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK. In America, meanwhile, the entire month of May has been given over to highlighting this important subject. At Pearson, we believe it’s something that should last longer than a week or a month...
  • Pearson Slow Twitch

    Pearson Slow Twitch

    A route that takes in areas of interest which are regular haunts of certain birds including summer visitors. Cetti's Warbler, Black Cap, Redwing and Songthrush, Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Kingfisher, Red Kite, Kestrel, Little Owl. Swifts, Swallows and Housemartins, Sandmartins. Chiff-chaff and all the tits - Blue, Coal, Great, Long-tailed.
  • BACKSTEDT TEAM RACE REPORT

    BACKSTEDT TEAM RACE REPORT

    Race report:  After a tough race on the Saturday, Dylan, Mattie and Nathan decided to give a race in Duisburg a go. It was a race consisting of 14 laps of a 6km circuit, it had decent, corners, and a climb to the finish with a short stretch of cobbles. The race went straight from the gun, people were hopping off the front within the...
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