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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 […]

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 […]

19 September 2011 1 Comment

2011 – character building

For the 3rd season in a row my race season was dominated by an Ironman race. Where the season differed was in the build up; I raced more triathlons, including a half ironman, and did fewer cycle sportives. I also moved house again, this time up to the village of Caton, near Lancaster. This enabled […]

16 May 2011 0 Comments

10 Fred Whittons in 10 Days

Fred Whitton Challenge: 112 miles 3900 metres of climbing 6 major mountain passes It’s really hard. So hats off to Leon Bond who is doing the Fred in its entirety for 10 consecutive days for charity. A gloriously lunatic undertaking, especially as I look out at the horrendous Lancashire weather from the comfort of my […]

9 May 2011 4 Comments

Vanitas Vanitatum Omnia Vanitas

Before setting out on yesterday’s Fred Whitton, 3 things were certain: I hadn’t done enough miles on the bike; I’m a few kilos above my “race weight”; the weather was going to be shite! Yet, I felt strangely relaxed, confident even. If there is one event that will sort out the weak, it’s the Fred […]

5 May 2011 1 Comment

Fred Whitton 2011 Preview

On Sunday I’ll be taking part in the Fred Whitton Challenge, a 112 mile cycle sportive in the Lake District. “The Fred,” as it is affectionately known is perhaps the most prestigious challenge ride in the UK and the 1400 places always fill extremely rapidly. I have completed the route once, back in 2009 where […]

23 January 2011 1 Comment

I’m in the Fred (again)

I have had my entry accepted?into the Fred Whitton Challenge. I always have mixed feelings about entering these very tough cycle sportives: I know that if I get round I will be filled with a great sense of achievement, but I also know I will have to dig deep into my reserves of willpower to […]

30 December 2010 0 Comments

The Menu for 2011

2011 will be my 9th triathlon season and will be marked by my first event outside the UK. On August 7th I’ll be lining up for Ironman Regensburg in Germany. This will be my 3rd Ironman and I’m hoping that I can improve my time again and head towards the 13 hour mark. To that […]

9 May 2010 3 Comments

Election Fever

I finished my last tough training ride for today’s Fred Whitton on Wednesday; ?I would be doing a mini taper thereafter – easy commute to work and a gentle spin on Saturday. Nothing more. My two year old son had other ideas however, he had become a snot factory and the poor lad was suffering […]

27 April 2010 3 Comments

Fred Whitton Preview

The postman delivered my rider information pack for the forthcoming Fred Whitton Challenge this morning. The Fred Whitton is the most prestigious sportive on the UK calendar, partly through it’s longevity (this is its eleventh edition), but mostly for its iconic route that includes all the major Lakeland passes traversed by road: Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, […]

10 April 2010 8 Comments


I’d hazard a guess that there haven’t been too many memorable blog posts written about gear ratios. Undeterred, I shall plough on. Back in the day, front chainsets came in a 52/42 chainring combination only. This meant that climbing hills became a really interesting challenge: the lowest gear a normal racer would have would be […]

2 January 2010 3 Comments

2010 here we come

I think I’ve covered what I did in 2009 in altogether too much detail in previous posts, so I’m not going to review it again in my end of year/beginning of year post. Instead I’m going to look forward to 2010. I briefly toyed with the blogger 365 meme (i.e. a blogpost every day for […]

31 May 2009 4 Comments

It was all going so well

I’m writing this entry 3 weeks after the highpoint of my year so far, completing the Fred Whitton Challenge at the first attempt in what I consider to be a fairly respectable time. 3 weeks on and I’m in the deepest of training depressions.? The week after the Fred was scheduled to be a light […]

13 May 2009 3 Comments

What makes the Fred Whitton so Great?

Certain sporting events achieve iconic status across the nation. I’m thinking of the FA Cup Final, the Grand National, the Wimbledon Final and a few others. Many more are iconic within their own sport such as the Three Peaks Cyclocross race, the Emsley Carr Mile, the Badminton Horse Trials, and in triathlon, the Windsor triathlon. […]