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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


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 […]

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 […]