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Sunburnt Chilblains - The Pyrenees!

It's now a tradition that we take a break at Easter (you get a lot of holiday for your money with the bank holidays and all). We generally spend some time with my old Da in Le Busseau (near Poitier) then j(once I have eaten all his food and had enough of his smelly pooches) jog on down to the Pyrenees. Last year we spent some time in the Barousse Valley ( with some scary B&B owners) and this year we headed across the valley east to Puivert near Foix. Now Easter is very early this y

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Tenerife Cycling Paradise?

Here i am enjoying my March Holiday in Tenerife (Puerto Cruz - in the North of the Island). The question i ask myself is "Is Tenerife a Cycling Paradise?". From the minute you arrive in Puerto Cruz your mind is assaulted with road dimensions that seem to make it fold into itself! (I am wondering whether its just Cyclists who can see these dimensions in this way, Cyclists because they are the only ones who will truly understand the magnitude of pain that you would suffer should you have

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End Of Season Blues...................................?

Well its that time of year again, the end of season blues are with us, this feeling hasn't been helped by the sudden cold snap that has taken hold. It seemed to me that we were in short sleeves one minute...... and acting like Southern Softies the next with Long Fingered Gloves, Buffs, Long Bibs, skull caps and the occaisional booty making an unwelcomed appearance! It feels that we are rudely rushing the exit of this season and hurrying into Winter mode as soon as we can (with a few Winter

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25 Years On...........

Somebody asked me the other day (whilst quaffing coffee outside Nicos) what the standard of riding is like compared with when i used to ride 25 years ago, im not totally qualified to answer this as 1 Road Race in 25 years does not give me much of a sample to comment on ..... however it did give me some food for thought on a similar question: Just over a year ago i thawed out from a Walt Disney style state of suspended animation after 25 years off the bike, (apart from putting on 3 stone, l

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Sparrows F@rt, Pins And Needles, Spring Lamb On The Southdowns Way

I was recently asked by a good pal of mine Gavin (whilst in a state of mild euphoria after finishing the Dragon ride) whether i would be interested in riding the Southdowns way, i of course said yes (as there was a bike involved), but the more i thought about it and realised that it was 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing i feared the worst. Thhinking to myself, what had i ever done to Gavin, we seem to rub along ok, why does he want to kill me in this fashion..... now i like a good mount

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The Marmotte, The Gooch, And Toast

Round the Campfire ------------------ The Atmosphere was great, many old stories being re-hashed and some new ones being created, Dave Shaw regailed us with tails of "Toast" and "Terror" which some of us took literally (me). My Ride ------- After a really tough training ride up the Col de Ornon (the toughest climb i ever did in 39 Degree heat) i had really doubted that i would be able to finish the Marmotte at all. The next day we decided to do the Col de Glan

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The Marmotte Est Arrivee

Well the time to depart has arrived, i am picking up the Rookster at 1pm and MR Thew at 4ish. I want to get this straight from the outset, i have been known lately to get a bit competitive in recent Sportives, as far as the Marmotte is concerned i am only concerned with finishing in one bit There have been some rumblings from certain quarters in the I team of some competitive talk, this is not for me (maybe next year) my sole aim is to finish, if i start to get the red mist i am going

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Cycling To Work World Championship -And The Boss See's My A*se!

I have an 8 mile each way commute to work, i travel the length of Portsdown Hill and down the other side to Fareham. I like (and look forward to my commute) for the following reasons: * I am full of endorphins when i arrive at work and have a more positve attitude in what is a boring job). * My brain seems to use the time to tidy away stuff ..... (a bit like a dream) in fact when i drive to work or back i find i am liking a little quiet time (and anyone who knows me wont think tha

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That Time Of My Life - Goodbye Eyore

There are certain milestones that a Man will reach as he moves through his life, some of these are more welcome than others * 1st Beer * First Kiss (usually follows on closely from the first) * First house * First child You know the kind of thing im talking about, however i have noticed that as you get older the milestones are a little more staid and in some case damn unpleasant * First Beige Trouser and Shirt Combo * First Chinos * First Beer Gut * First bals patch...

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Eddy Merckx's Paper-Round, Eyore The Saddle Sore And The Holy Trinity

---------------------------------------------------------------------- Eddy Merckx's Paper-Round, Eyore the Saddle Sore and the Holy Trinity ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------- Day 1 - getting to the Pyrenees ------------------------------- We had factored in two days to get to the Pyrenees from my Dads, the extra day factored in to be used when i had reached my threshold of Dads War stories or stories of old Girlfrie

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Galibier, 7Ft Highlander, Snow, Hypothermia And All That

Ive been meaning to get this debacle on record for sometime, im not sure if its a cathartic attempt to purge my soul or an attempt to establish myself amongst the i teams hardmen or not. In any case here is my confession and a chance for you to rate me accordingly. Late September 2010 I had been back cycling on my Road Bike (or doing a poor impression of) since July and had joined a jolly bunch of fellows in the I Team since July also.... so naturally i decided that i was now a bi

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