Get into: Track Cycling

With six indoor velodromes in the UK find out how to give track cycling a go this winter. Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. If you’re a cyclist, you can’t fail to have been inspired by the sensational success of the Great Britain’s cyclist this year, including standout performances from Team Sky’s…

Run7 Global – 7 Wonders, 7 Marathons, 7 Charities

Run7 is a newly founded charitable initiative that exists to raise funds and awareness of the best global sustainable business practices. Driving education and dialogue to combat climate change apathy via a ‘world-first’ series of marathons and ultra-marathon events staged at 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Run7 was founded by and is delivered by…

The Kit List – September 14th

What you should be reading, watching and listening to. Plus our top gear picks this week. Read An innovative use of recycled plastic has been unveiled in the Netherlands, where a pilot scheme has launched the first bike path made entirely of recycled plastics. Read more on Cyclist Magazine. Part running, part mountaineering, all incredible…

Talk of the tour

Latest and greatest updates from the 2017 Tour de France Last updated: Friday 21/07/2107 Tour de France 2017: Mollema wins Stage 15 Tour de France Stage 14: Froome back on top Tour de France stage 6 finish line quotes Tour de France: Kittel wins stage 6 as Froome retains lead Tour de France stage 5:…

The Cape Wrath Ultra

Totally Active Gear Tester Paul Barton is an experienced trail and fell runner and mountain biker but the Cape Wrath Ultra was a new level of challenge. He had three hilly ultras under his belt, two just under 50 kilometres and the 64 kilometre High Peak 40 but how would he fare covering 400 kilometres…

Get into: Cyclo-cross

If you’re looking to have some muddy fun this winter, increase your cycling fitness and develop your bike handling skills, give cyclo-cross a go.  Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. What is it? If you’re old enough, you’ll remember settling down on a Saturday afternoon to the oddly “badger haired” Dickie Davis…

Beginner’s Guide to Heart Rate (Part 1)

Nikalas Cook explains how to get the most out of your heart rate monitor. Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. The first wireless heart rate monitor was invented in Finland in 1977 by Seppo Säynäjäkangas, founder of Polar, as a training aid for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski team. They became…

Afan Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash-Up

A freelance journalist and sponsored rider, polymath cyclist Juliet Elliott loves exploring every corner of the cycling world. Throwing herself into every challenge she finds upon her journey, Juliet’s never happier than when on two wheels. In this feature from Totally Active, Juliet Elliott experiences the thrills and spills of Enduro mountain bike racing. Read…

Interview with Diana Nyad, Open Water Swimmer

In 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming 103 miles in fifty-three hours from Havana to Key West. The film, The Other Shore – The Diana Nyad Story, part of this year’s International Ocean Film Tour,…

Interview with Ricky Lightfoot, Fell Runner

Chantelle Kelly speaks to fell running champion Ricky Lightfoot to find out how he felt when he completed the Bob Graham Round earlier this year and the struggles he faced along the way.  Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. In January you completed the Bob Graham Round in just over 21 hours,…

Tour of Flanders Sportive

With a love of cobbles, mud and beer, Totally Active Editor Nik Cook heads to Belgium to tackle the 239 kilometre Tour of Flanders sportive. Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. Like all cycling fans I’ll avidly watch the Grand Tours but the races that really fire me up and inspire me…

The Bob Graham Round

Claire Maxted is an all-round outdoor lover, runner, cyclist, occasional climber and kayaker who has adventured all over the world but still insists the UK in good weather conditions is the best playground on the planet. She is editor of Trail Running magazine.  Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. When Keswick hotelier…

Interview with Anna Frost, Ultrarunner

New Zealander Anna Frost has been a professional ultra runner since 2004, following a hectic schedule travelling and racing all over the world.  From the peak of setting a new record for the Transvulcania Ultramarathon in May 2012 she hit rock bottom, suffering with female athlete triad, a hormonal imbalance which caused stress fractures and…

Interview with Lucy Gossage, Triathlete

Lucy Gossage is a cancer doctor who last year put her career on hold to become a full-time, professional triathlete.   A self-confessed late starter, Lucy didn’t do any sport seriously at school or university. Her first triathlon a decade ago was a New Year’s challenge to herself and she only tried Ironman after a bet…

Grand Raid Cristalp Mountain Bike Race

Charlie Evans has worked for British Cycling for the last eight years, developing their coaching pathway across the road and mountain bike disciplines. He has raced mountain bike XC to an elite level, though enjoys nothing more than riding his home trails of the Peak District.  Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine….

Bike Fit Blues

Apart from the self inflicted, and enjoyable for some, burning pain in your quads and lungs when you’re pushing hard, cycling should be a pain free experience. It’s no coincidence that it’s the chosen rehabilitation activity following many injuries as it’s zero impact and therefore incredibly kind on your joints. However many cyclist do experience…

PRE RUN WARM-UP Routine

Turn up for any race and you’ll see the full spectrum of warm-up routines. From extensive protocols that take almost as long as the race itself to those that prefer to stay in the car with the heaters on until the last possible moment. Find out what you should and shouldn’t be doing to get…

Spine Challenger

175 kilometres in 60 hours, across the bogs and moors of the Pennine Way and in the depths of winter, Tim Budd tackles the Spine Challenger.  Read more articles like this in Totally Active Magazine. Although I’m generally comfortable covering decent distances on the fells, really long ultras have never really appealed. At least, they…

Nutrition for Triathlon

Ian Craig, MSc, DipCNE, INLPTA is an exercise physiologist, nutritional therapist, NLP practitioner and an endurance coach. Previously a competitive middle-distance runner, Ian specialises in sport from an integrative health perspective. He is the editor of Functional Sports Nutrition magazine and also lectures and writes extensively in the UK and South Africa on the concept…

Minimising MAXIMAL Losses

Attention to detail is key to optimal performance but only once you’ve ticked off the big boxes. Nik Cook highlights the main areas that could cost you the most time, energy and enjoyment when tackling a sportive this summer. Read more articles like this in Totally Active magazine. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Britain’s…

Le Mans 24-Hour Sportive

Fiona Russell is better known as the journalist and blogger Fiona Outdoors. Based in Scotland she combines her passion for outdoors sports, including road cycling, with her written work. Fiona enjoys cycling sportives, cyclocross events and triathlon. Her greatest achievement as an adult was qualifying to compete for Team GB in the 2013 World Age…

Post Exercise Stretching Routine

Ayo Williams is a Personal Trainer / Strength & Conditioning Specialist with nearly 20 years’ experience of training individuals to performance and aesthetic goals. An accomplished sports massage therapist, his qualifications also include a Sports Science degree and CSCS certification, from the NSCA. He currently leads a team at Matt Roberts Personal Training, London.  Read…

Indoor Cycling

Cycling legend Graeme Obree was once quoted as saying that, if his house was on fire, the first item he’d rescue from the flames would be his turbo trainer. We’re not saying you have to cherish your indoor trainer to quite the same extent as Mr Obree but, for maintaining consistency and quality of cycle…

Fresh powder envy: 1950s helicopter skiing!

Seeing as we usually bring you the latest and greatest action and outdoor videos from around the web, this week we’ve decided to switch it up and take a journey back in time.  Don’t worry, this week’s video is still remarkable, it just happens to be from the 1950s. Long before the creation of chairlifts,…