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4 May 2015 2 Comments

Wiggo’s Last Ride

I bet Alex Dowsett allowed himself a little smile as he pulled back the curtains on Sunday morning to look out at the slate grey northern skies pouring forth rain. He’d already done his business on Saturday in the molten atmosphere at the Manchester Velodrome. He could now spend a perfect hour in bed reflecting […]

8 September 2014 0 Comments

How did I compare?

How depressing is this? After yesterday’s stage of La Vuelta I was keen to see how my performance on the bike would like compared to the pro peloton. I looked at the Strava segment “GDK Covadonga Monastery to Enol”. This segment is 11.4km long and climbs for a total of 846m at an average of […]

12 July 2013 3 Comments

Supertight Thomas, supertight!

I’ve seen the Tour de France in Britain; I’ve seen the Tour de France in Belgium; finally, I’ve seen the Tour de France in France. Each time was very different. In 2007 Dave and I squashed up against the railings on the Mall along with hundreds of thousands of other Brits to witness Le Tour […]

31 December 2012 0 Comments

Swings and Roundabouts

And so another year beckons. 2013 will be my eleventh season of triathlon and hopefully much better than the season that has gone before. I have already documented the injury-ravaged nightmare of last season. Suffice it to say that I managed to finish just a single triathlon. On the other hand, I successfully completed the […]

13 October 2012 0 Comments

Dope!

A year ago I was stunned to see this t-shirt in the Nike store. I wrote at the time that I assumed they were being ironic (allegedly the message was about being addicted to sport). Now it seems that Nike are standing by Lance. This is shameful. They have past form here as they stood […]

27 September 2012 0 Comments

Shabby and disreputable

Can anyone come up with another example of an unemployed journalist being sued for bringing a sporting governing body into disrepute and said journalist being supported in his legal fees by fans of the sport? That’s the incredible position that Paul Kimmage finds himself in. He’s being sued in a Swiss court by Pat McQuaid […]

25 August 2012 1 Comment

Truth and Reconciliation

So Lance has chucked out the baby with the bathwater. His refusal to contest the USADA case against him led extremely quickly to his post 1998 record ¬†being struck out and a lifetime ban from sport being imposed. Sad to say that his reluctance to defend himself will allow his adherents to parrot many of […]

10 July 2012 0 Comments

Belgian Impressions

The Tour de France in Belgium 2012 on PhotoPeach All of these pics were taken with my iPhone 4S and edited with the brilliant Snapseed App

9 July 2012 1 Comment

Big Phil’s Big Day

Il a dit, “Fourth!” Il a dit, “Fooorth!” Il a dit, “Foooooooooorth!” The two mini Phil Gilbert wannabes in full BMC kit ¬†were laughing at our English accents in Seraing last Saturday just after the fractured peloton had ridden past on the steep 10% of the final climb to the finish line. Just about 100 […]

4 July 2012 1 Comment

Beer and Frites

I’m not usually at my best at 4am, I suspect not many are, but when a 15 hour bus ride and 4 days of Belgian beer and frites are thrown in to the mix perhaps I could be allowed a little lassitude.That’s the time I finally got home after my 4 day trip with Dave, […]

29 June 2012 0 Comments

Bus Ride to Belgium

The last time I went to Belgium on a bus was 30 years ago. I remember it well and for all the wrong reasons. At the time I was a university student at Keele in Staffordshire and my best friend at the time could rightly be described as a Formula 1 obsessive. Talk to any […]

22 December 2011 0 Comments

Cav wins SPOTY

Cav is not everybody’s cup of tea. He’s gobby, he’s loud, he can be downright spiky. But in the world of media trained sports people who can talk for minutes on end without saying anything, Cav is a breath of fresh air. Ask him a straight question and you’ll get a straight answer. It’s true […]

25 September 2011 2 Comments

Super Cav!

The last half hour of this afternoon’s World Championship road race was one of the most excruciatingly tense sporting events I have ever watched. For 4 hours we had witnessed the GB team toiling at the front of the peloton trying to control things with precious little support from other teams. Just when the script […]

12 September 2011 0 Comments

A great weekend for British Cycling

This morning I have been disappointed by the news that the Tour of Britain stage which was going to run past my front door has been cancelled. I’m not surprised, I wouldn’t like to have been out riding in this wind. I imagine just staying upright on Blackpool prom (stage finish) would be pretty challenging […]

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. […]