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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 April 2017 0 Comments

The Extra Mile

Anyone who rides regularly will appreciate the service of a decent quality cycle mechanic to keep their trusty steed in fine fettle, and I am no different. I’m sure there are jobs that I could do on my bike, but I prefer to spend the time riding the thing. So apart from cleaning it (I’ll […]

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 […]

30 January 2017 0 Comments

Dry January

Talk to any cyclist and one of the things they most crave for is a dry January. Not in the sense of laying off the alcohol, you understand, but the lack of precipitation. Rain in summer is one thing, but throw in the cold and dark winter days and nothing is more likely to keep […]

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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 […]

16 September 2016 0 Comments

Like a moth to the flame

Like a moth to the flame I am drawn to any blog, newspaper article concerning cycle safety. I often can’t help myself and try to engage with the more ignorant and hateful comments in the inevitable bile that follows such posts. It’s rarely worth it. For the record, as part of my job I drive […]

27 April 2016 1 Comment

5th Time Lucky

My record at the excellent Wrynose or Bust sportive is lamentable. I have entered 5 times and my results for the first four are as follows: 2012 – Did not start: illness 2013 – Did not start: last minute family holiday 2014 – Did not finish: chain broke at 105 miles and I was too cold […]

3 September 2015 0 Comments

Asturian Hills

Last year I achieved a long held ambition to climb up to Los Lagos de Covadonga in Asturias. It’s a climb that has famously featured in lots of editions of the Vuelta à España and involves just over 1000 metres of ascent. This year my ambition went a little bit further. Last year’s ride was basically […]

6 February 2015 0 Comments

Steve McNamara and the London Taxi Drivers’ Association

So the leader of London’s Taxi Driver’s says that cyclists are London’s equivalent of ISIS. I’ll skate over the grossly offensive nature of this comment and point out to him that cyclists don’t kill people, aggressive and dangerous driving does. I don’t condone running red lights on a bicycle any more than I do in […]

11 December 2014 0 Comments

Hi viz versus Proviz

The idea that simply donning a fluorescent yellow jacket somehow bestows upon you a level of hitherto unknown invulnerability is a concept that has long wound me up to a tee. Flourescent hi-visibility clothing has little or no proven impact on safety for pedestrians or cyclists alike. A recent study showed that wearing hi viz […]

19 August 2014 1 Comment

Cycling in Asturias

If you look at a map of Europe and find Spain, then trace your finger until you are about half way along the top edge, you will be pointing at Asturias. It’s a land of coast and mountains with its own distinct traditions and dialects. The fabled Picos de Europa have long provided a considerable […]

15 July 2014 0 Comments

Defining Shared Space

Last week I came across a very interesting blog post on the  “As Easy As Riding a Bike” blog about the redevelopment of the centre of Poynton on Cheshire as a “shared space” scheme. I was particularly interested in this post because I used to live very near to the town in question and practically every […]

15 July 2014 4 Comments

With Fresh Eyes

I have long felt that the riding around the Lune Valley and Silverdale area is as good as it gets in the UK. Yet, it’s still easy to get complacent about the training loops that you regularly follow on your doorstep. Last week I was delighted to be able to host two friends from Florida […]

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 […]

20 March 2014 0 Comments

Cycling to School in Caton

Living in a small village, as we do, means that on most days, weather and work schedule permitting we are able to cycle to school. Me being dad, and Hannah, almost 10 on her bike, and Luke (6) on the tagalong behind me. We have to cross a main road (this morning it took almost […]