Strangest athlete superstitions and rituals in sports

  Friday the 13th is possibly the most superstitious day/date combo known to man.  Whether your rituals for this day involve fearlessly embracing ‘just another day’ in the Gregorian calendar, something quirky with horse shoes or locking yourself in your bedroom and nervously browsing the Internet, this list of the strangest athlete superstitions and rituals…

SportPursuit & Cyclebeat: The Blogger Spin-Off

Earlier this week, certain members of SportPursuit HQ decided it was high time the office got out together for some group exercise; and ever ones to share our love of sport, we decided to invite some of our favourite bloggers and writers along to local spinning club – Cyclebeat – for our inaugural SportPursuit Spin-Off!…

How to become a morning person in 8 steps

Source – Riley Kaminer (Flickr Creative Commons) Becoming a morning person is pretty difficult if it doesn’t come naturally. At SportPursuit, we try and get up nice and early, but it’s easier said than done as the difference between being a morning person and a night owl can often come down to genetics. It’s all…

10 Inspirational Places To Run In Britain

1. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Image credit: Lawrence Murray A mountain amid a city, a volcanic plug, a tourist honeypot. Run over grassy ramparts, slip beneath the towering Salisbury Crags, try not to stop running on a steep, winding, unending staircase, scramble the final steps to the rocky, breezy summit of Arthur’s Seat. While you are unlikely…

In A Different Light: Notorious Drug Cheats – The Before & After

After the revelation this week that both Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell – once both strong proponents of ‘clean’ competition – had been caught out in drugs testing earlier this year, we’ve pulled together quotes from some of the world’s most famous athletes, both before and after they were caught doping. Ironic and humourous, it’s…

The UK’s Best Mountain Bike Trails (As Chosen By You)

image credit: Natash Ramasay Like all cycling, mountain biking is on the up in the UK; a recent estimate put the worth of the UK bike industry at over £900m. Whether you’re a hardened downhiller replete with full-face helmet and neck-brace, or a lycra-clad cross-country climber, as a pastime riding off-road is hugely varied; and…

The Best Ways To See The Tennis At Wimbledon (Tickets Or Otherwise!)

We can hardly believe it, but it’s that time of year again; when strawberries, cream and camping on the streets of one of London’s leafy western suburbs temporarily usurp football and the queen as Britains most quintessential symbols. That’s right, the dull thud of lime-green felt-lined balls means Wimbledon is back!   The Championships are…

Donhou Bicycles: Experiments in Speed – New Teaser

Following up from our post on record-breaking legend José Meiffret last month; Donhou and Spindle Productions have just released this teaser on a project they ran earlier this year; featuring a similar motor-paced bicycle. The video is due to be released later this month; but even the clip out today has us excited: We can’t wait to see…

San Boldo Pass – The Road of 100 Days (in 100 Seconds)

One for the avid climbers this week – Welcome to the San Boldo Pass in Northern Italy! Comprising of 706m of elevation spread across 17km – and featuring this very unique mountain feature – the San Boldo Pass is known colloquially as the ‘strada di cento giorno’, or ‘Road of 100 Days’. This title was…

Aspect Media tease us with their latest preview of Antidote

UK action sport film-makers Aspect Media have been beavering away the past couple of months on their latest mountain bike offering, Antidote. Today they’ve just released a teaser segment from the film, featuring British pros Danny Hart, Sam Pilgrim and Sam Reynolds – We’re particularly big fans of the Sam P’s caravan jump!   Doug…

The Best Mountain Bike Blogs No Rider Should Miss

We love all sports here in the SP office; between the 40 of us we’ve got triathletes, runners, climbers, slackliners, skiers, snowboarders, swimmers, golfers, hikers, footballers, rugby players and even skydivers. However, above all else there’s one sport that just about everyone in the office enjoys, and that’s cycling. Five times as many of us…

Bespoked Bristol

Who made your bicycle? This weekend just past, Bristol hosted the 2013 UK Handmade Bicycle Show, known as Bespoked Bristol. Promoting the international talents of independent bicycle makers and designers, there was an amazing array of ideas and craftsmanship on display; so we sent Chris over to check it out. Said Chris: “Bespoked Bristol is a…

Introducing: Cyclebeat…and the Beatboard.

Last weekend our Marketing Director Bryn headed to the novel Cyclebeat indoor cycling studio just by London Bridge, to try his hand at their great new approach to spinning classes. Indoor Cycling is Cyclebeat’s thing, and they do it well. Open to beginners and experts alike; their twist to the tried and tested spinning bike is the…

Five Action Sport Athletes Who Make Your Monday Average

With the cold weather sweeping back into the UK over the weekend; we’ve been sat dreaming about the outdoors again…and tied in with the release of another teaser for upcoming tribute documentary ‘McConkey’; here’s a few videos showing men and women who make the most of it. Here’s to Spring. 1.) Shane McConkey Shane’s death…

Harder Than You Think – Alpine Snowboarding

It’s easy to think of snowboarders these days as crazed stuntmen; attempting ridiculous tricks in the snowpark or leaping off enormous cliffs in the back-country. Yet the original form of snowboarding – the first logical step after the much revered monoski – was carving down the mountain on asymmetrical ‘alpine’ boards, swooping low and hard through turns….

Paper Shredder – A Stop Animation Snowboard Film

Starting to get a little weary of Harlem Shake videos from everyone and his dog, Paul & Stephen Gemignani have saved our collective psyche from viral overload. In fairness to the lads, creating this video was no small task. As Stephen explains: “We started with actual sequence photos of Paul riding. Then we printed each…