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Bad habits in the Benelux – the wayward learning of Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck has probably forgotten more about bike riding than most of us will ever learn. but the one thing he is yet to learn is perhaps the lesson he most needs: Success begets success. Image by Jean Pierre Belot … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace: one for the scrapbook

First week of the massively popular Crystal Palace Tuesday night race series, held in Crystal Palace Park. I got nerfed and then struggled to stay on the pace from the outset so ended up racing in a grupetto which was … Continue reading

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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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London Cyclocross League 2010/11 Round 2 Happy Valley Park

Matt at The Inner Ring has recently posted about Why he hates cyclocross as a spectator and Scott over on Velocast has replied with his reasons to love cyclocross as an activity, So I’m adding to the mix with why … 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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London weekday bike racing opportunities

One of the joys of being a London cyclist is that once the weather is good enough, there’s a good choice of weekday racing a short pedal from your doorstep. Tuesday night is the big night with a choice between … 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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