Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Skeleton in the Peleton

Is it cheating to use drugs to help ride a race of 3764.9 km? The winner of the 1996 edition of The Tour de France, Bjarne Riis,  certainly did. Isn’t it merely a more civilised way of coping with the rigours of … Continue reading

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The Hour of Lead

One of the most gruelling challenges in cycling sport is an event known as The Hour.  This is a time-trial that takes place at a velodrome (a cycling stadium) ; the idea is for the competitor to attempt to cycle … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room

As the sun went down last Wednesday evening the seven day Jewish festival of Succos began.  Some of you may know this festival as The Feast of the Tabernacles.  In any event, among Jews it is known as The Time of Our Happiness. … Continue reading

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Liquorice Allsorts

Depression is more akin to endurance rides than the slick circuits of track racing; that is why I prefer the rigours of the mountains to the thrills of the velodrome.  I am more at home with the throbbing pain in the balls … Continue reading

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The Long-Suffering Spouse

If there’s one thing that is worse than depression it must surely be living with a depressive.  Apart from having to put up with my moodiness, my endless rounds of self-centred clap-trap and the hours I have been known to … Continue reading

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You Are Not Alone

I was cycling east along the A259, the Sussex coast road, when I saw a sign I hadn’t noticed before: You Are Not Alone.  It sits on the cliff, looking west at the traffic and out towards Beachy Head. I never … Continue reading

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Who by Fire

When the peleton crossed the starting line of the Tour de France at 3 a.m. on 28 June 1914, the start of the race was signalled by the waving of a flag. So began the 12th edition of the world’s … Continue reading

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