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Madonna del Ghisallo

Just to the north of Lake Como in northern Italy is a small hill that received its name from a legend coming from Medieval times when the Count Ghisallo was saved from robbers by an apparition of the Virgin Mary. … Continue reading

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The Tour of Wessex, aka Their Trade is Treachery.

With apologies first to Chapman Pincher. It’s very easy to become ambivalent towards your home town or country, even if, like me, you live a long way from it nowadays. A three day bike ride around the area of my … Continue reading

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8 minutes 39 seconds.

To a man tied to a chair looking down the barrel of a gun, a lifetime, to an elderly Galapagos tortoise, an insignificant period. For me, probably the most frustrating amount of time that currently exists. I am obsessed by … Continue reading

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Battered by le vent du Ventoux

I climbed Le Mont Ventoux again the other week. I think that is now the sixth time I´ve done it, so its perhaps nothing to write home about. I was again doing it with absolutely zero training, had only ridden … 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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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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V is for Le Mont Ventoux.

The Beast of Provence. Sat in the Vauclause, this bald topped behemoth casts a shadow for many a mile around it. Known amongst cyclists for its use in Le Tour de France, Le Ventoux is synonymous with the name Tom … 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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But …. I wasn’t even drunk!!

Was sat in my hotel room last night, as every night, bored, watching a bit of the African Cup of Nations without really taking much notice,  when “You have mail.” Ah yes, an email from an old friend, something to … Continue reading

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Bikes and blondes.

AKA Stockholm. Arriving late, I took the Arland Express train direct to the city centre of Stockholm, and took the five minute walk to the Radisson Blu hotel where I was going to be staying for the next four days. … Continue reading

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