First ride on the first day of a new year

Riding today was a no brainer. It was the first day of a new year. It was the day that I had been looking forward to since before my hernia op. There was a window in the weather between 7 and 10 am according to the BBC. All these things meant that when the alarm…

It’s all starting to come together

It’s all starting to come together. The sun is out, it is getting warmer and this last week I felt strong. I don’t train, haven’t done for years but I do try to ride wisely. By wise I mean not over doing it. The golden rule is no more that 10% a max per week,…

What a difference the wind makes? Or lack of it!

I rode my Wilier Cento Uno again yesterday and whilst I have been raving about the 3T Ergosum shallow drop bars on the De Rosa Merak the fact that the Ritchey Logics drop lower probably makes me faster. Low is good especially in Worthing, one of the top kitesurfing venues in the country. At 20…

Winter and wet but still worth riding. Endura Photon jacket

This morning I read about the various C2C routes that we have in England. I was inspired. So instead of riding to the shop to pick up my Garmin equipped road machine to record another ride on Strava I went for a cruise on the tourer. Riding over Titch Hill I was not alone, I…

Bad weather: Good clothing helps but so does being mad.

Sunday morning was a day for the hardy. The forecast was bad, the weather worse with rain and a lot of wind. To add to our problems the roads were flooded. There were more puddles and streams running down or across the roads than I have ever seen in all my years of riding. However,…

Don’t break the rules!

I’m not following a training program but I am, as ever, trying to get fitter. One of the best ways to get to get fsater and stonger is to race. I’ve been doing so many races that I’ve not had to worry about planning rides or motivating myself to get out. However this has its…

Windy again

It was difficult holding a straight line as the wind buffeted me as I pushed hard on the straight. And I hadn’t even started the race. Whatever the weather as you approach Chichester the wind picks up letting you know that its Tuesday evening and Goodwood is just around the corner. And I was driving…

It wasn’t so bad after all

It was still blowing a houllie when I got up and seemed cold. However, it wasn’t as cold as forecast so I only needed a jersey and base layer. I rode out to Lewes hugging the base of the South Downs. I was holding back as what usually happens at the turnaround the wind still…

Wind – a reminder of the past

I’m road riding tomorrow but it is so windy that I have waited up for the shipping forecast. A reminder of the old days when all my fun was on the sea and radio four with its shipping forecast was an integral part of daily life. Warnings of gales in Thames, Dover and Wight. Tomorrow…