Monthly Archives: April 2006

Come rain and tenners go missing

Sunday’s club ride was a proper battle with the elements that constitute the glorious British Springtime. It clocked up 125km in total but it felt like a lot more. Looking out of my window at 7.45am I was rather surprised … Continue reading

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The legends of Izoard

I’ve said it before but of the three climbs the Izoard is really the one with true history, character and dramatic views. Most famously Coppi and Bobet’s rivalry through the 1950s is celebrated by the monument near the summit. It’s … Continue reading

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The battle of wounded knee

It’s not so much a physical one as a mental one – My left knee has been feeling a bit sore since Monday and I haven’t been out on the bike to stretch it out yet. I’m going to get … Continue reading

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Need a lift?

Ed in Vercors may be able to help if you need a transfer from the airport for either La Marmotte or L’Etape: “There obviously seems to be a lot of interest in these 2 events at the moment. I was … Continue reading

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120km feels comfortable + some french phrases

Sunday’s club ride felt good in my legs and I found myself comfortably sitting on the front for plenty of the ride and really going at the hills with purpose. By the time I got home I felt I could … Continue reading

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Useful advice

There’s always plenty of it around, nowhere more so than cycling messageboards. It can range from the have-a-go-heroes telling you you’re not training hard enough unless you are riding every hill in sight in some monster gear to the genuinely … Continue reading

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Well, that’s the bike ready

Now I just need to finish getting myself ready. I fitted the computer and got the cassette changed at Sigma Sport, who managed to fit me in and do it all in about 10 minutes. The bike will probably go … Continue reading

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The joy of rest

For the first time in what seems like ages I didn’t go out riding on Saturday. Instead I went off and did other things with my day and saved my energies for the Sunday ride through the Surrey Hills. The … Continue reading

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5577 (Sas de d�part n� 6)

Yes, the numbers are up on the official site. Go to http://www.letapedutour.com/ and make sure you’re in the French version. It’s under “La liste des inscrits”. you enter you surname and it should produce a list including yourself. This has … Continue reading

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Music to turn pedals to

There’s one band whose name is instantaneously invoked by cyclists everywhere: Kraftwerk. Those metronomic Germans have something of a monoppoly on Le tour, musically speaking. Their 2003 album, Tour De France Soundtracks, is fairly constantly on my iPod when I’m … Continue reading

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