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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

13 March 2011 3 Comments

Found out!

At least the Weather Gods kept their promise. Saturday was cool and dry with just a light breeze to resist forward momentum. I arrive at Poynton High School in plenty of time for the start, got registered and bumped in to Jon, the proprietor of the Bicycle Smithy – the bike shop I frequented so […]

11 March 2011 0 Comments

What do the weather Gods say?

photo ? 2007 stephen jones | more info (via: Wylio) Entering any kind of sporting event at this time is always a bit of a lottery, so I’m nervously watching the forecast for tomorrow’s Jodrell Bank Sportive, my opener for the 2011. season. At the moment, the weather is looking pretty reasonable, so I could […]

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 […]

15 March 2010 4 Comments

The pain was worth it

The results have been published for the Jodrell Bank Sportive. For the 50 mile route I was 3rd overall and 1st over 40. That’s by far the best result I’ve had in a sportive. I’m sure some of the super quick guys on the 80 miler would have gone under 2:30 for the 50, but […]

14 March 2010 4 Comments

The Jodrell Bank Cyclosportive

The cord snapped. Cycling is a cruel sport. Watching a group of cyclists moving in harmony rotating turns on the front can be mesmerising. It all seems so fast, so smooth, so effortless. Pity then that you couldn’t read my heartrate monitor trace which was rapidly heading upwards to a point where there was only […]