Monthly Archives: May 2007

Going without

The last seven days have been lousy for training. The edge might have gone off my fitness a bit and I’ve been suffering from extreme tiredness as well, making it doubly hard to get out on the bike. I was … Continue reading

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Condor Tempo

Condor Tempo, originally uploaded by leguape. The new bike, through the Cycle2work scheme. A singlespeed Condor Tempo with fixed/free. Running 46/18 free and 46/17 fixed. Lovely bike to ride. This will be my everyday bike from now on. It’s getting … Continue reading

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Balanced scales?

I really am very close to winging my bathroom scales out the window. My weight is never the same on the blasted things meaning I’ve been everything from 76kg to 71kg in the last week alone. How on earth am … Continue reading

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SWRC Sportif, test number 2

David predicted monsoon conditions for Sunday’s SWRC sportif. Well, we got that and a whole lot more: mud, rain and wind as well as a 149km (92 mile) route that seemingly never let up with nearly 2,400m of ascent. For … Continue reading

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A big wet one: the SWRC sportive

David predicted monsoon conditions for Sunday’s SWRC sportif. Well, we got that and a whole lot more: mud, rain and wind as well as a 149km (92 mile) route that seemingly never let up with nearly 2,400m of ascent. For … Continue reading

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How not to ride a race

Hang back at the start and dawdle among the back markers for the first few laps Attack from near the back into a headwind When you get off the front give it far too much and not take anyone with … Continue reading

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Another race, another crash

Sometimes just finishing a race is a good result, even if you’re comfortably outside the points. Saturday’s 4th Cat Surrey League race at MOD Chertsey was one of those. It was a generally dull race – one club sent about … Continue reading

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The route to victory starts here

The detailed route for this year’s Etape is now on the official site: http://www.letapedutour.com/2007/ETDT/presentation/us/itineraire.htm Pretty darned detailed I’d say. It’s interesting to note that it seems there’s far more allowance for the climbs than last year. There’s two more climbs … Continue reading

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No shame in losing a race

With a typically cruel irony Tuesday’s race at Hillingdon was a disaster. Having written an article in praise of Malcolm Elliott’s Experience over youth, I (and the rest of the field in the fourth cats) got a proper kicking off … Continue reading

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