Monthly Archives: August 2012

Galtres, not like other music festivals


  Hostile security gates, the entrance to a few acres of fortified space holding thousands. A hyper efficient, supersized beer tent selling watery cat piss lager. Food stands selling mean portions of overpriced food. Bright, incensed scented stalls flogging the same … Continue reading

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It’s Only a Gilet


I need a new gilet. The zip on my old Pearl Izumi gilet has broken. I paid twenty quid for it in an Evans summer sale six years ago and it has served me well. This morning I had a quick look … Continue reading

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A Fly in the Ointment


By May I have usually developed a tan on my arms and legs. It is a warm Mediterranean one that my Greek brother-in-law approves of. I could almost pass muster as his compatriot, but, take off my t-shirt and the truth … Continue reading

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Danny Boyle crushed my Olympic pessimism


Danny Boyle crushed my Olympic pessimism. Moments before the opening ceremony started, jet engines roared over our house. With my eldest daughter we excitedly dashed to the lounge window to see the Red Arrows cruising home after their Stadium fly past. … Continue reading

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A summer evenings spin around Grafham Water


I missed the evenings club time trial. This was annoying, I had energy to burn and with no cloud or breeze the evening was shaping up to be a rare and perfect end to a summer’s day. So there was … Continue reading

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London 2012 track cycling programme: did the UCI get it wrong?


The UCI introduced two major changes to the Olympic track cycling programme for the London 2012 games. First they introduced equal numbers of events for men and women, second they introduced a one rider per nation rule. The aims of … Continue reading

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Wiggo Go Go Gold! Watching the Olympic TT in Kingston


After some last minute arrangements seven of us from the club travelled down to suburban south west London to watch the Olympic Time Trials. The original plan was to take our bikes, but with the sort of joined-up infrastructure the … Continue reading

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