Why La Marmotte is so brutally hard, but also so beautifully addictive. How deep can you go?
No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. John Donne - 1624 Meditation 17: Devotions upon Emergent Occasions --- As sure as April heralds the arrival of spring showers and Easter eggs, it also brings the mass migration of the cyclists of Europe... Continue Reading →
I’d wake up thinking about it. I’d be thinking about it when I’d be trying to work. I’d be thinking about it when I tried to sleep at night and as soon as I woke up. No, not sex, and no, not my bike. What was bothering me was the now-intrinsically linked pair of the... Continue Reading →
Just a quick placeholder post.... I recently went for a week of amazing riding in Andalucia, hosted by Tom Kirk of Custom Cycle Coaching (http://www.customcyclecoaching.co.uk). We got chatting, and have decided to work together on a Haute Route and Gran Fondo training camp, with me helping organise, host and guide. The basics are: 28 April... Continue Reading →
New Bike, New Fit Much as everyone talks about the cyclists' need for n+1 bikes (with n being the number currently owned), I'd gone a very long time without a new bike til the autumn of 2017. My Giant TCR , my 'go-to' bike, had seen me through 90% of my riding in the past... Continue Reading →
Having written a thing or two about the recently released Haute Route Pyrenees parcours here, it would be rude for me to not follow up with a piece on the Alps. I don't know the Alps quite as well as the Pyrenees, but well enough to make some comments that I feel are worthwhile and... Continue Reading →
With the recent announcement of the parcours for Haute Route Pyrenees and Alps, I thought I'd share some quick (and throwaway) observations, highlights, and things to look out for on these routes. Whilst I'm far from an expert when it comes to the geography and topography of the Pyrenees and French Alps, I do know... Continue Reading →