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20 April 2017 1 Comment

Still Raceless

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Bigland or Bust Sportive being cancelled and the pressing need to get my act together to sort out my race season. Looking at various events databases made me plump for the Torelli Manchester-Chester-Manchester sportive, a 100 mile jaunt around Cheshire. I got my entry in, but […]

20 March 2017 0 Comments

Do you know Andy Holgate?

I’ve come to a decision. When I finally get around to writing my long awaited autobiography it will be entitled, “Do you know Andy Holgate?” It’s inevitable that whenever I rock up at a triathlon or sportive wearing City of Lancaster Triathlon Club (COLT) kit, someone, at some point will ask, “Do you know Andy […]

17 March 2017 0 Comments

The Season Rolls On

Sunday sees me at the Jodrell Bank Sportive in Cheshire. I’ve done this a few times including both the short (50 mile) and full (80 mile) variants and it’s an event I very much enjoy. The organisers recognise that for an early season ride you don’t need killer hills or excessive mileage. Leave the ton […]

16 December 2016 0 Comments

2016 – a solid if not spectacular season

2015 had been all about returning to Ironman racing, and at the time I reckoned it to be my toughest season yet. To top that experience I had decided that 2016 would be another year of Ironman, but this time I would be racing in Bolton. Having been a member of COLT (City of Lancaster […]

27 April 2016 1 Comment

5th Time Lucky

My record at the excellent Wrynose or Bust

18 April 2016 0 Comments

Building Up To Bolton

The season is coming together quite nicely at the moment. Aside from some super stiff calf muscles from running too hard on the flat I’ve managed to remain pretty much injury free. My mileage for both running and cycling is well ahead of last year (we’ll skate over the swimming, as usual) and the events […]

28 March 2016 0 Comments

Hammer Time!

Forgetting your cycling shoes isn’t a great way to prepare for the opening cycle sportive of the 2016 season for me. It led to a frantic dash home followed by a mad dash down the M61 to Poynton and event HQ at Poynton High School. Luckily, Team Torelli had the fastest ever event registration system […]

6 October 2014 0 Comments

2014 Season Review

After the 2 previous seasons where injury had limited my races I was approaching 2014 with a renewed sense of optimism. 2013 saw me finish only one triathlon (Henley Half) and 2012 was similar. However, a new injury prevention regime meant that I trained fairly consistently through the winter. Lack of confidence in my body, […]

16 April 2014 1 Comment

Almost Bust

I knew that a century ride through the southern Lake District would be tough. 110 miles including Wrynose Pass is never going to be an easy ride on a good day, but when the longest ride you’ve done all year is less than 50 miles you know you’re going to struggle before the start. The […]

13 May 2013 9 Comments

Bad day at the office

Yesterday, I dropped out of the Fred Whitton at the second feed station in Calder Bridge after 85 miles. I was frozen, soaked and demoralised. I felt like throwing my bike into the ditch and taking up plastic kit building again(a hobby from youth). 24 hours on and I’m still disappointed if a little more […]

11 May 2013 0 Comments

Fred time again

In just over 12 hours time I’ll be setting out on the Fred Whitton cycle sportive for the third time. My previous experiences are mixed. My last attempt was two years ago and I was decidedly underprepared with the result that I couldn’t cope with the poor weather and came very close to dropping out […]

28 April 2013 3 Comments


The menu for today was the Wrynose or Bust sportive, a 115 mile jaunt around the southern Lake District including an ascent of Wrynose Pass from the west (the easier side) and, a new hill for me, Bigland Hill. The latter is going straight onto the leaderboard of all time nasty climbs. This was the […]

26 April 2013 0 Comments

Turning Killer Hills into Big Ring Climbs

Sadly, if you have arrived here looking for the training manual on how to turn yourself into a climbing beast you’ve come to the wrong blog post. Similarly if you are looking for advice on microdosing EPO or another “Drogue du jour” I suggest you look elsewhere. No, I’m talking about those killer hills that […]

15 April 2013 0 Comments


One thing is for certain, if I’m not posting on my triathlon blog regularly then things aren’t going well. In my last post I talked about the injury to my calf which I’m pleased to say is responding well to treatment. So much so that my physio has moved on to my left knee. Technically […]

20 August 2012 4 Comments

Riding with Brad (and a few hundred of his mates)

Barnoldswick is your typical east Lancashire town, but, rain aside, yesterday was far from a normal Sunday in this quiet backwater. Living legend and surely soon to be knighted Bradley Wiggins was in town for the inaugural “Ride with Brad“cycle sportive. Sportive it may have been, but it’s the first such ride that I’ve done […]