Monthly Archives: February 2011

Beacon of hope

Long before I moved to Sussex, Ditchling Beacon had a special place in my cycling memory vaults.  It was “the hill they shall not ride” from the British Heart Foundation’s annual London to Brighton jaunt, which I rode several years … Continue reading

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Curb your enthusiasm

“When you’re racing, it… it’s life. Anything that happens before or after… is just waiting.” Steve McQueen was a bone fide legend among men, but I doubt he would have enjoyed the wacky world of 4th Cat bike racing.  He … Continue reading

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He flies through the air with the greatest of ease…

Well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my first taste of cycle racing it’s that I might not be Superman but I sure can fly. It’s just the landings I need to work on. I guess I should have … Continue reading

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The eve of battle…

  Bike cleaned and lubed – check New cleats fitted to shoes – check Tyres inflated just right – check Team kit washed – check Entry list perused – check Longcross Test Track saved to Sat-Nav – check Nervous anticipation … Continue reading

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Ups and downs…

The weekend just gone by is a perfect illustration of all that makes our wonderful sport of cycling so maddening but also so brilliant. I knew heading into it that my fitness had taken a knock after basically two weeks … Continue reading

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The horror! The horror! (of losing fitness)

  “Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger.” That quote, from Apocalypse Now, has been running through my head this week, while I took an enforced … Continue reading

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Of course it’s about the bloody bike(s)!

Like any hopelessly besotted Romeo, I can pinpoint exactly when my love affair with bikes began: Monday 30 April, 2007. The path to true love was far from smooth, though.  That day I had just got back to my house, … Continue reading

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