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Mar 06 2021

Bianchi Specialissima. An epic bike for an epic challenge.

“It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.” Attrib. Thomas Fuller (Theologian), A Pisgah-Sight Of Palestine And The Confines Thereof, 1650 In case you were wondering, a Pisgah-Sight is a distant view of a, perhaps, unattainable object. No, I wasn’t aware of that either, but it turns out that it’s rather appropriate for my…

Aug 04 2019

Criterium Cycles at the Marmotte 2019

Cycling is cruel. Indeed, some would argue it is the cruellest sport out there citing plenty of circumstantial evidence to support this fairly dramatic claim. Take a 3 week Grand Tour for instance. Where else would the competitors undergo 20 ‘full day’ stages of mental and physical anguish, where even just the slightest loss in…

May 11 2019

In Search of Nessie (Etape Loch Ness)

Let’s clear something up straight away. What actually is an Etape? And why is it different to a Sportive? And does it actually matter? Well, whether it matters or not is probably rather subjective but let’s have a go at explain what they are. A sportive (or Cyclosportive) is a generic description that covers a…

Dec 22 2018

The Marmotte – Redefining the Envelope

We’ve probably all played that favourite pub game of “name your top 5 ”X’s” of all time”. Favourite lists include the best 5 albums ever (Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” is clearly Number 1), the best 5 films, the 5 best sportspeople, the 5 toughest races and so on. Part of the charm…

Aug 06 2018

An Island Adventure

The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde and is the 7th largest island in Scotland after the likes of Harris & Lewis, Shetland, Orkney and Skye. It’s a busy, tourist friendly destination whose economy has thrived in recent times with a population that has remained reasonably steady (4,629 in the census of…

Jul 20 2018

Vatternrundan 300

Sweden is one of those places where, on the face of it, there doesn’t appear to be all that much going on. It would become immediately cool if ABBA were to announce a 125 date world reunion tour but since Benny and Bjorn are pretty much the same age as my Father, I doubt that’s…

Jul 12 2018

Fred Whitton. Only the tough need apply.

Ah, the Lake District. That quintessential outdoor jewel in England’s outdoor crown. Bucolic images and curios abound whether eating ice cream whilst watching little boats bobbing on Lake Windermere, visiting the Pencil Museum in Keswick or wandering lonely as a cloud to visit Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s home in Grasmere. Indeed, one can almost hear the…

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