The Draft Hall of Fame 2018


20.12.18 at 9:04 am

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There’s more to Yellow Jersey than just insurance, including the home of our cycling blogs, The Draft. From kit lists and guides to interviews and reviews there’s plenty of juicy blogs to get your teeth into. We’ve picked our Hall of Fame as fond look back at the most popular content we’ve shared in 2018.

Staff favourite… Meet the Man Who Says “Hell Yes!” to Adventure

How could it be anything else? After an injury forced him to withdraw in 2017, we were so excited to be the title sponsors once again for Sean’s World Record attempt to become the fastest person to cycle across Europe, and even prouder when he earned that title on 11th May this year. In this interview we learned more about the man beneath the beard, his life in the Lakes and his sense of adventure. You’re sure to feel inspired by the end.

Meet the man who says "hell yes!" to adventure - Sean Conway at the start of his world record attempt

Most commented on social media… Why don’t more women ride sportives?

What started as an announcement about the gender parity targets for Vélo Birmingham & Midlands turned into an interesting and revealing debate on social media. Men and women had their say on the topic, at times citing very different reasons. Their comments revealed that the “boys’ club” atmosphere of many sportives, with men treating them as a race, seems to be leading to a self-perpetuating gender divide, so we spoke to the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands team to find out how they planned to change this.

Why don't more women ride sportives? A group of cyclists

Most read 3rd place (and geekiest blog)… How much difference does a headwind make when cycling?

Coming in third place for our most read blogs, Chris got right down to the mathematic nitty gritty so you don’t have to. However it’s clear that we’ve all had the same thoughts when battling through a headwind – it feels like I’m working 10 times harder, so am I actually? And if so, how much extra cake have I earned at the next stop?!

How much difference does a headwind make when cycling? A cyclist rides towards three wind turbines

Most read 2nd place… Bike luggage charges infographic

A holiday spent on your bike is surely one of the greatest joys in life, but getting it on the plane is one of the greatest frustrations. We compared the weight and size restrictions, booking requirements and additional charges for the top 12 European airlines to create this super handy guide. Don’t book your next flight without checking it!

Bike luggage charges - a selection of airlines and their charges

Most read 1st place… Bike gears explained

On the surface, understanding your bike gears is pretty simple. You push the lever one way to make it easier to pedal, and the other to go faster. Simple, right? Topping the list as our most read blog by a phenomenal margin, especially considering how many came from Google searches, it appears that we’re not quite as clued up on gears as we like to think. An in depth article excellent for beginners to get to grips with gears, as much as for seasoned cyclists to brush up their knowledge.

Bike gears explained - bike gears
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