Sometimes its good to take a break from things to realise why you started them in the first place.
I have been helping out a friend Rich with some running tips, I love it when you can share some good times amongst some good friends. Rich sent me this video on Joss Naylor that I hadnt seen before.
What a great man, and I love the line of Walsh shoes drying on the washing line at the end.
Naylors Run X (by Steep Edge)
The legendary Joss Naylor
This coming Saturday I’m going to compete in my first ever time trial, a local interclub 10 mile (16km) event. I don’t have a TT bike, or an aero helmet, so I’m under no illusions about where I’ll place, what I do have though is the best ever start to the year of training I’ve ever had and the…
I’VE NEVER KNOWN A RACE AS HARD AS THIS ONE TODAY. A COUPLE OF TIMES I THOUGHT IT WAS OVER THEN I SAID TO MYSELF ‘ROUBAIX IS NEVER FINISHED, THE BATTLE NEVER ENDS’.
EVERYTHING WAS AGAINST US, AGAINST OUR TEAM. I DON’T KNOW HOW I MANAGED TO DO IT.
I GAVE EVERYTHING I COULD, NOW I’VE ONLY GOT ONE THING ON MY MIND - A HOLIDAY!
The Kies to Catching a Velocast with Android
IMPORTANT NOTE: This post relates to Samsung devices only!
As an Android user and an avid listener to the Velocast, I have tried several free Cast Catcher apps over the last year or so. During the summer of 2012, they began producing a subscription only daily cast for the Tour de France. Thus to receive the cast you are required to authenticate the feed using the credentials they supply, following payment.
I duly paid my subs, but the authentication did not work on any of the catchers I had tried. I contacted Scott and John via Twitter and they recommended Doggcatcher for Android. Now if like me you are averse to paying for apps, when there is a suitable free alternative, then you may recoil at the £3.34 price tag. OK so it’s not a lot and I would happily pay for it if it was my only means of listening to the Velocast. However, I set myself the task of finding one that’s free and works.
Several apps later I stumbled upon KiesCast by Samsung. It’s free, moderately quirky, until you get used to it and most importantly it works perfectly well with the Velocast authenticated feeds. I have used KiesCast ever since and with the upcoming season of extended race coverage it’s still going strong.
I noticed, today, on John’s Twitter timeline that he had blogged about Setting up the Subscribers Feed on Mobile Devices, which includes instruction for both iOS (Downcast) and Android (Doggcatcher). So for all the cheapskates, like me, who want to listen on a free app I’ve tried to emulate their blog and describe the setup process using KiesCast.
Firstly download the KiesCast app from the Play store. An Icon for the app will appear (As indicated).
Touch the app icon to start KiesCast. Along the top of the screen will be a toolbar with four buttons. Touch the Subscriptions button, as indicated below, to show all the currently subscribed casts.
Then click the Menuor Settings button. This is device dependent, but you should then get a menu displayed as shown below. Touch Add subscriptions.
On the following screen select Podcast URL.
Then type the feed URL into the box indicated and click Subscribe.
Because we are subscribing to an authenticated feed, KiesCast will then prompt you for the Username and Password as supplied by Velocast. Non-authenticated feeds, such as the Eurosport Cycling Podcast, Tech 5 and This Week in Cycling History miss out this last step and subscribe automatically.
- Enter you Username
- Enter your Password
- Click OK
That’s it, done!
Hope you found this guide useful. If you’re not happy with KiesCast or wish to try Doggcatcher, then search for Doggcatcher Podcast Lite in the Play store which gives you a 7 day full trial before committing to a purchase.
Vulpine Cycling Apparel: My Experience
I became aware of the brand Vulpine, via Twitter. I’d started following both @vulpinecc and @aslongasicycle (aka Nick Hussey, the company founder) at a time when there were only a few “sneak preview” images of the garments themselves.
As a fledgling start up I followed the launch of the brand for many months. Keen to read reviews of the garments, in particular the Softshell which I began to covet. The Vulpine website About page can give you more detailed information about; the company, the people and other reviews.
I currently spend most of my time riding on the road, although I do also enjoy XC riding throughout the year. I don’t do daily commutes or any city riding to speak of. I currently own three items from the Vulpine range; Storm Cap, Softshell and Long Sleeve Merino T-Shirt.