19th July Thibaut Pinot delights the French by sprinting away from the remaining GC contenders to win on the Tourmalet! (51 mins and 33 seconds) A summit finish that descends me into a spiral of panic and self doubt! The pros had made it look like hard work, how on earth would I make it… Continue reading Bon Courage – climbing the Tourmalet
3:53am We are riding down the drive of a caravan park heading to the start. In front of me is a guy with a carrier bag full of food swinging off his handle bar with the other hand off the bars he is filming the twinkling lights that are snaking in front of us heading… Continue reading Chased the sun and won
The opening chapter of a book needs to hook your reader in, creating intrigue, suspense, lovable (or at least compelling) characters and interesting action. You remember us right?! ......Bike Boss and Bob who rode to London in a day?Writing chapter one is a tough yet writing chapter two is even more of a challenge how… Continue reading Chapter 2. Send the Call out
We turn the pedals ourself but cycling is not alway an individual sport, watching a Grand Tour with the Team Sky train dominating the race should be evidence enough of seven men working for one. The role of a lead out is simple yet hard. To take the wind, to push air, to make it… Continue reading We all need a good Lead out …….pushing air
The combination of a beautiful place and cycling always equals a great experience. It's a 2+ 2 =4 kind of thing but sometimes you find a place that means 2+2 = 220 Porlock Toll Road is this place for me. I don't enjoy climbs, the leg burn, the lung bursting, the heart rate over 180...… Continue reading Porlock Toll Road
So you want to ride from Manchester to London .....then my lovely you shall. (Although turns out that you are going to riding London to Manchester thanks to the team North caps excellent work this year!) Know these things: There will be days when you want to throw your bike in the hedge and it… Continue reading Dear Stephanie …..M2L
It's 8:14am and he is late. I know he will still be in his flip flops and I know he was still in the office at 8pm last night and only left home at 10pm when I sent an urgent text saying "Uncle Malcolm thinks we are leaving at 8am......sorry forgot to say! In the… Continue reading Friends like these…..
Bike Life A year ago I left a drawing in the Bike Boss’ garage when I was picking up Lucy (my bike) who lives there whilst I am in Somerset. The title of the drawing was Bike Life and it featured a wibbly wobbly drawing of a bike in the centre surrounded by a list… Continue reading The Cost of a bike life
The 16th of August 2016 is significant in the cycling world as the day that Jason Kenny won Gold in the final of the men's Keirin to join Sir Chris Hoy as the holder of 6 Olympic golds. It was also the day that the Bike Boss and I decided to go on our first… Continue reading Bike Boss and Bob
On the 2nd September 2018 I am riding my bike from Manchester to London in one day, just the 220 miles and probably more than 16 hours of pedalling to complete the Rapha M2L ride for Ambitious about Autism. Why you ask? Well first off this is preemptive action! Over a late night Gin and… Continue reading Manchester to London “Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much” – Helen Keller.