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9 February 2017 0 Comments

Jens Voigt: Shut Up Legs!

A quick review of German pro cyclist Jens Voigt’s biography written with James Startt. Jens Voigt was a cult hero in the peloton with his do or die attitude to breakaways garnering him legions of fans, myself included, despite him never achieving serious greatness through winning a major classic or tour. This book is a […]

2 September 2013 0 Comments

Putting a spring back in my step

Yesterday in training I ran a half marathon, the same as the Sunday before. Nothing remarkable in that, especially the time I took (just under 2 hours yesterday), but in the context of what’s gone before you’ll forgive me for feeling extraordinarily pleased with myself. It is now 18 months since I

2 June 2012 1 Comment

Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run

Unlike cricket, cycling, mountaineering and other venerable and long established sports, triathlon doesn’t have an accepted canon of literary work for fans to delve into. There are plenty of coaching manuals and training schedules, some good blogs and even the occasional ghost written biography of star performers. But there is very little that describes the […]

2 August 2011 0 Comments

Racing through the dark

I have always been a fan of David Millar. Back in the late 90s he was just about the only British hope in the peloton. I even bought the t shirt in the shape of a Team Cofidis cycling jersey that I picked up in the Decathlon store near Fontainebleau on a bouldering road trip. […]

1 September 2010 0 Comments

Adieu Laurent!

Laurent Fignon, the bespectacled “Professeur” of cycling, has died from cancer at the age of 50. Back in the eighties it was an American, Greg Lemond, who hooked my interest in cycling; he was someone who was from the outside shaking up the impenetrable world of European procycling. This meant that the riders I loved […]

27 March 2010 1 Comment

The Road to Roubaix

There are few sports where the spectator can get closer to the action than cycling. I remember a few years ago standing at the top of the Cow and Calf above Otley when the Tour of Britain came through. Near the back was a young Mark Cavendish. Never let it be said that sprinters can’t […]

17 July 2009 0 Comments

Cavendish v Coppi

The Tour de France has built a massive following here in the UK, and I can honestly claim to have been a fan of the race since the late 70’s when the likes of Joop Zoetemelk and Gerrie Kneteman were riding and Raleigh bikes were the weapon of choice for the fearsome Peter Post’s TI […]