Category Archives: Le Ventoux

Je suis cinglé! I am mad (officially).

5 am on a Monday morning, whilst on holiday, is not an acceptable time to have an alarm clock sounding. Why then was I sat in the chilly early morning light with a coffee at 4.50 am with a feeling akin … Continue reading

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A bike fit?

Does my bike fit? Do I fit my bike? Ever since I’ve had my bike I’ve had slight comfort issues. Nothing drastic, nothing that would cause me to stop riding, but riding over 200 miles a week on a fairly … Continue reading

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The curious case of the bicycle and the temperamental washing machine.

11 years ago when I moved to France with my English girlfriend and her two children, I weighed a sprightly 12 stone , having just finished 23 years as a soldier. In the three years we lived together in our … Continue reading

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So, this training business …

In July 2014 I stood astride my Ribble Gran Fondo at the sign saying “start” and headed off into the unknown up Le Mont Ventoux. 3 hours and 8 minutes of sheer hell later, after seven stops and a fall … Continue reading

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The ultimate cycling dichotomy?

Lance Armstrong! Throw that name casually into a conversation amongst a group of cyclists and watch the sparks fly. There are those that will defend him, “everyone else was doing it, so he won his Tours by being the best,” … Continue reading

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Support your local cycling business.

I love riding my bike, the discomfort felt during hard rides is well recompensed by the weight loss and feel good factor afterwards but, it must be said, I know nothing about how to look after it. I take it … Continue reading

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My bum hurts.

If you’re a bit confused: butt if you speak North American English or fesses if you’re a French speaker. Maybe not want you want to be reading, especially if its early, but it really does. Since starting training for my … Continue reading

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Why don’t British bike riders smile?

This is, in fact, a rhetorical question, as I’ve just learned the answer. Over the past week, as the start of my build up training for the Tour of Wessex, I’ve done two rides of 30 miles (50kms), one in … Continue reading

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Pah!!

Two full weeks now of my training program for the Tour of Wessex, 14 days of running or riding my bike, plus a change in diet to a more healthy option and I’ve lost the sum total of Drum Roll … Continue reading

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Weight, wait.

As some of you may have read, I’m now training for a cheeky bike ride, the Tour of Wessex, at the end of May this year. Two weeks ago I looked like this: For two weeks I have been out … Continue reading

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