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How do you stop 4th Cat riders crashing?

Interesting article on Cycling Weekly about the issue of crashes in entry-level races which is being put on the British Cycling National Council agenda: Investigation called for into fourth cat. crashes I’ve been a 4th category rider since 2006 when … Continue reading

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After the climb, the descent

It sits there in the hallway, untouched. It pleads with me every time I pass it, but I ignore it. I ignore it as long as I can. But there comes a point where you have to take the bike … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Tuesday night races, my first experience

SPRINT! DAMN YOU! CORNER, DON’T TAKE ANYONE OUT! SPRINT! CORNER! BRAKE… NO DON’T BRAKE! PEDAL HARDER! HILL!!!!! PEDAL HARDER! *SPORZA COMMENTARY VOICE* “OY-OY-OY-OY-OY!” BREATH DAMN YOU LUNGS. (REPEAT X25) And that’s pretty much how it goes for roughly an hour. … Continue reading

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Imperial Winter Series 2009/10: 4th Cat, 13 February 2010

The final race of the series which has been incredibly well organised in trying conditions, both meteorological and logistical. The former has come on the form of snow, torrential rain and freezing gales. The latter in the form of crashes … Continue reading

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Imperial Winter Series 2009/10: 4th Cat, 30 January 2010

When the sun comes out Hillingdon is always busy and everyone seems to wheel out their sunny day bikes (expensive carbon frame, top-end groupset, deep section wheels). Either that or we’re getting towards the end of the series and the … Continue reading

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Imperial Winter Series 2009/10: 4th Cat, 23 January 2010

(Photo by Lucy @ Imperial RT who organises the Winter Series) There I am, another futile attack, this time trying to go after the mid-race prime. Went too early in pursuit of my friend James Curry (on the right of … Continue reading

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Imperial Winter Series 2009/10: 4th Cat, 05 December 2009

Well that was a pretty miserable and frustrating experience for me. How was it for you? I look forward to the Imperial Winter Series as motivation to see me through the winter, but it got off to a mediocre start … Continue reading

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Where’s the hill at Hillingdon?

To be honest there isn’t one and I really couldn’t have cared less last night as I was freezing my paws off in the 4th Cat race. A hill might have been good, it might have meant a respite from … Continue reading

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If at first you don’t get away, keep digging

Back into the groove of Hillingdon criterium racing this week. None of the youngsters were about so I thought I’d use the opportunity to have some fun and put in some big digs. Let a few people wind it up … Continue reading

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Postively Belgian

Never trust the weatherman, not even one that is electronic and thus beyond human error. Otherwise you might turn up expecting a dry race and get a wet one. Or, as happened on Sunday, a really sodding wet one. Usually … Continue reading

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