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  • A VIEW FROM THE CONVOY

    A VIEW FROM THE CONVOY

    Watching a bike race from the road side is like watching one game in a tennis match - you get a little bit of atmosphere and understand who might be doing well but you don’t get the full story; the full narrative, the ebbs and flows, are missing. That’s why TV is so suited to watching bike racing and why informed commentary is so...
  • EUAN'S LAKE DISTRICT ROUTE

    EUAN'S LAKE DISTRICT ROUTE

    Euan: "The Lake District is my favourite place to ride in the UK. This is a pretty challenging route taking in some tough steep climbs over about 120km. The route passes through the beautiful town of Ambleside after about 65km which is perfect for a cafe stop. It then meanders back along the lakes before one last final big climb to the finish. There’s...
  • GIANTS CAUSEWAY

    GIANTS CAUSEWAY

    ROAD 117KM 1350M Ride Type Distance Elevation Gain Starting and ending in Coleraine, a town near the mouth of the River Bann in Northern Ireland. This route follows the Causeway Coast Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty. Explore exceptional landscapes throughout, including the Giant’s Causeway, an extensive dune system at East Strand, the World Heritage Site, plus rolling green hills inland. Simply sublime. GO TO STRAVA RIDE GO TO KOMOOT RIDE
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    IT'S ALL FOR YOU

    Built from the frame up, every Pearson bike is assembled with the utmost care. In fact, our experts enjoy building them so much it’s a wonder our bikes ever leave the workshop. As the world’s oldest bike company, Pearson is proud of the fact we don’t provide ‘bikes from a box’. Instead, we hand build each and every Pearson bike to fit the specific...
  • TOUR DE FEMMES STAGE 7: SÉLESTAT>LE MARKSTEIN FELLERING

    TOUR DE FEMMES STAGE 7: SÉLESTAT>LE MARKSTEIN FELLERING

    Not for the faint of heart, the first of the big mountain days for Les Femmes. The peloton will head up Le Petit Ballon 9.3km climb averaging 8%, followed by a slightly steeper 7.1km of Le Col du Platzerwase at 8.3%. The 127km route finishes in Le Markstein after a final13.5km climb up Le Grand Ballon. No sweat!
  • TIME FOR LES FEMMES. Women's pro cycling is finally getting the profile it deserves

    TIME FOR LES FEMMES. Women's pro cycling is finally getting the profile it deserves

    The inaugural Tour de France Femmes marks another milestone for women’s cycling. We take a look at the state of women’s pro road cycling and where it’s heading. This year’s launch of the Tour de France Femmes has generated huge interest amongst cyclists, the media and brands and finally offers a premiere women’s stage race to match the men’s Tour de France. Although this...
  • Shimano vs SRAM: who has the best 12-speed tech?

    Shimano vs SRAM: who has the best 12-speed tech?

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    With Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo now all offering you 12-speed electronic shifting, the choice of top tier groupsets for your road bike has never been larger. But which one should you choose? We’ve run through what SRAM and Shimano have to offer and picked a winner.
  • SUNNY SURREY BEACH

    SUNNY SURREY BEACH

    This gravel loop takes you along part of the King Alfred's Way, through the scenic Devil's Punchbowl, and finally to a 'beach' in the heart of Surrey. Be sure to take a dip in Frensham Great Pond before heading home.
  • The Old Man of Coniston

    The Old Man of Coniston

    This punchy loop starts and ends in Ambleside. Taking you along part of Lake Windermere and Coniston. Have your camera at the ready to take in the spectacular views and the old man of Coniston who you won't be able to miss.
  • WHERE THERE’S A WILF

    WHERE THERE’S A WILF

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    Wilf Sinclair is more than Pearson’s lead mechanic. He’s also our longest-serving employee and practically one of the family. (And he only popped in to spend his pocket money)...
  • Lake Annecy- Le Semnoz+ Col de le Forclaz

    Lake Annecy- Le Semnoz+ Col de le Forclaz

    Starting and ending in Annecy this ride promises outstanding mountain and lake views. On your ride keep an eye out for a lovely café called La Baratte in Leschaux for a coffee and a slice of cake. With almost 2000m of elevation this punch ride is sure to prompt a post cycle dip in Lake Annecy.
  • THE GREEN LANTERN

    THE GREEN LANTERN

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    In reaching a Wimbledon singles semi-final, Cameron Norrie achieved a uniquely British form of sporting immortality. But his choice of off-court transport might make him a torch-bearer in other ways.
  • 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.
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