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If you think this is over then you’re wrong

It’s like I’ve fallen out of bed from a long and vivid dream Finally I’m free of all the weight I’ve been carrying… Oh yes. After a – frankly quite ridiculous – total of 38 races spread over two full … Continue reading

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Mind games

One of the most enthralling aspects of watching the new Sky TV documentary about British Cycling (second only to playing ‘spot the Majorca roads I’ve ridden on’) is listening to the team’s resident psychologist, Steve Peters. The training details in … Continue reading

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Did ya miss me?

Well, you’re going to have to go on missing me for a little while yet.  For the past six weeks I’ve been overwhelmed with work to the exclusion of just about everything else and, since my work is writing, I’ve … Continue reading

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Can I play with madness?

On and on we go. Point by agonising point, near miss by near miss, underachievement by underachievement, my slow – but inexorable – journey towards the ‘summit’ of the British Cycling 3rd Category continues. That I should already have reached … Continue reading

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What doesn’t kill you…

As the dust settles on the Greatest Weekend Ever for British CyclingTM it seems almost churlish to document my own meagre efforts; but though it occurred a world away from the sunny Champs Elysées I too can look back on … Continue reading

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I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand…

I was just outside Cowfold, as my homeward journey snaked its way along the A272, when I could resist no longer. A single tear of pure frustration idled its way slowly down my cheek. It wasn’t alright on the night. … Continue reading

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The sands of time…

Oh Lord, here we go again. At the start of the season I earmarked the Dunsfold 4th Cat series as my optimal route to the promised land of 3rd Cat-dom.  Well, that series finishes tonight, an early curtailment due to … Continue reading

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