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 […]

18 April 2017 1 Comment

Running Problems

2016 was the strongest running year I’ve had since staring triathlon 14 years ago. I ran 1,302km over the course of the year and smashed my Ironman marathon best at Ironman UK. I also managed something that I never have before, and that was to run every day for a whole month, notching up 272km […]

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 […]

23 May 2016 0 Comments

Is it possible to be a cyclist and not be a little bit angry?

A few weeks ago I was riding with a friend up a big hill on the Wrynose or Bust sportive. As we were on a quiet, wide main road with excellent visibility and it was 10 o’clock on a Sunday morning we judged it safe to be riding 2 abreast (as we had been doing […]

2 December 2015 1 Comment

My Favourite Triathlons

Updated November 2015 and first published in 2010 These are my favourite triathlons. Most of them I’ve done more than once, and you’ll notice that they are all lake or reservoir swims (except Windsor, which is a river swim, and Wales which is a sea swim). They also all have countryside based bike legs. Not […]

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 […]

10 August 2014 0 Comments

Los Lagos de Covadonga

Back in the summer of 722 King Pelayo was in a fix. For several years he had been asserting the independence of the Kingdom of Asturias from the Moors (Arabs) who controlled most of Spain. The Moors had finally grown tired of this irritation and sent a force to put down the rebellion. Cornered, with […]

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9 August 2014 0 Comments

La Torneria – an Asturian Classic

Ask a Spaniard about Asturias and the likely response will be, “Rain.” Just like in England, Manchester has the tag of being both “in the north” and permanently wet, so the province of Asturias suffers the same stereotypical fate at the hands of its countrymen. This does the area a disservice. Although it does suffer […]

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28 November 2012 0 Comments

Increasing the speed limit for HGVs and a lack of interest by my MP

Just over 2 weeks ago I came across the Government proposal to increase speeds for HGVs on single carriageway way roads from 40mph to 45mph. Given that any increase in speed limits on single carriageway roads must make such roads more dangerous for vulnerable road users such as horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists I was […]

28 November 2011 0 Comments

1 Day in Ghent. A guest post by Dughall McCormick

  I haven’t got a bike. I haven’t really ridden a bike since the early 1980s. I’m not especially interested in competitive cycling. How is it then that I found myself in the crowd on day 5 of the 6 Days of Ghent last Saturday night?   It started with a walk I am part […]

15 October 2010 2 Comments

X Factor v The Ironman

No, not a new Marvel Comics franchise movie, but the situation I faced on Saturday night. My kids love the X factor (and to a lesser degree, Strictly Come Dancing) – note for overseas readers, both are appalling celeb/talent shows with no redeeming features. Fortunately, I had a laptop and a wifi connection so I […]

6 October 2010 1 Comment

Bottled it: season over. 2010 Season Review

The weather forecast for the Oulton Park Duathlon was truly awful and my waning motivation for racing was being sorely tested. Sure enough, when my alarm went off at 5:45 on Sunday morning all I could hear was the rain drumming down. Staying in bed seemed a better option. That’s it, season ended. But it’s […]

4 October 2010 1 Comment

Backed into a corner

Image under a Creative Commons Licence by Jonathan Cohen on Flickr The revelation that Alberto Contador tested positive for a tiny amount of a banned substance at the Tour de France has really backed the sport’s governing body into a corner for a number of reasons: The substance in question, clenbuterol has no lower threshold […]

29 September 2010 3 Comments

Hope for MAMILs everywhere

A couple of months ago my father-in-law sent me a link to an BBC article about the rise of the MAMILs (Middle-aged men in lycra). I could almost hear the chuckles as he hit the send button in his email client. Naturally enough, I knew that the article didn’t apply to me, after all I […]