Wake up call

I rode the Hove Park Crit yesterday. Bad ride! I felt nervous and weak and had no strength on the climb. I rode a near perfect race keeping out of trouble and safe near the front but each time that we climbed the S out of the bottom corner my legs really ached. I knew…

Pretty but tough – Speedplay pedal review

Since riding in the Pyrenees, which was a real pinnacle in my riding over the last few years, it has all gone down hill. I’m working long hours and have slipped into that deadly routine of only riding once a week. I say deadly as in my current form, once a week means that I…

I can ride but that’s it

I rode in today which was so nice after using the van all week. I’m still sore but pedalling is OK. I did a family shop at Sainsbury’s and met James and Jemma with their six week old bundle of joy. James can’t race as he’s ill which puts my injury into perspective.  My pains…

A change is as good as a rest – but what a change?

It couldn’t have been more of a change. Jimbo arrange to meet me at 6:30pm. We would be going to Stanmer. I don’t ride at night very often so at 5:30 I realised that I didn’t have any lights. I found some but then discovered that they needed charging. Not very organised! When we got…

Wet, warm and windy to wottingdean

Like everyone I get into things and with the new Marin demos I’ve been hooked by the Downs and the mud so, having monitored the forecast over the last few days, it was really difficult talking myself into riding the road. What made it doubly difficult was having my buddies either away or spent after…

Can technical be too technical?

We, the shop boys and a few others, went out for our annual ride on Tuesday evening. Off to Stanmer Park to ride some of those magnificent & technical trails. The last night ride that I had done was in the very same Park on a balmy (dry) evening in June. Boy was this different….

Night ride

Night ride is overstating it but I did ride home over the Downs. The shop to home off road involves a climb up to Cissbury and the subsequent down hill. I can think of worse commutes. Not far but it keeps the legs going and does keep the power up. I wanted to test one…