The British Continental’s Christmas wish list

A few ideas for Father Christmas...

Whilst the focus of this blog is British Continental-level racing, we love cycling in all its forms. So much so that when our loved ones ask us for Christmas gift ideas, there are invariably all cycling-related. 

Here are a few of the things on our wish list this year…

Flamme Rouge

Flamme Rouge is a board game, described by its makers as “a fast-paced, tactical bicycle racing game where each player controls a team of two riders: a Rouleur and a Sprinteur. The players’ goal is to be the first to cross the finish line with one of their riders.” Two expansion packs are also available: Peloton, allowing more players to play and includes different road surfaces (including cobbles!), and Meteo, which brings weather into play.  We haven’t played it, but have heard top reports from friends of ours that have.

Queens of Pain

This new book by Isabel Best, sold through the Rapha bookshop, tells the largely unknown tale of women’s bike racing over the last century. It’s received rave reviews, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy.

Dragon Ride Hand Printed Silk Screen Print – Eliza Southwood

Eliza Southwood produces the most sumptuous cycling screen prints. We are already lucky owners of a rare version of her Mountain 2 print. We’d love to add another of her prints to our collection. The one pictured – called ‘Lines‘ – showcases one of our very favourite things in cycling: echelons. 

The Cycling Podcast – Friend of the Podcast subscription

Our favourite cycling podcast by far is The Cycling Podcast. It’s ‘free to air’, but for a small fee (£15.00 for 2019), you can become a Friend of the Podcast to access special episodes and support their excellent coverage. You can now gift a Friend of the Podcast subscription here

2019 U23 Cycling Calendar – Espoirs.World

Photographer Andrew Peat runs a blog focused on U23 cycling, Espoirs World. He has brought out a limited edition calendar that showcases some of his work and also includes the dates of all of the major U23 races. His site is also worth visiting. It includes some beautifully shot photo diaries of U23 races (many that include young Brits like Stevie Williams). He has also been kind enough to let The British Continental use some of his images, so you’ll see his shots crop up from time to time here too.