Monthly Archives: August 2011

Time to Go?

In earlier editions of this blog I have written about the long-standing mental health challenges that the cyclist Graeme Obree has struggled with since his youth, and how close he came as a teenager to taking his own life, as … Continue reading

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Cats and Dogs

Since our beloved cat Adam died recently, my mind has turned to all things feline.  It makes me think of that curious question that celebrities are sometimes asked in newspaper interviews: ‘Cats or dogs?’  You may forgiven for wondering what … Continue reading

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8 Seconds

In the 1989 edition of the Tour de France the American rider Greg LeMond won the Tour beating French man Laurent Fignon (Tour winner in 1983 and 1984) by 8 seconds over a distance of 3,285.3 km.  This is the shortest … Continue reading

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Tour de l’Avenir

There is a French bike race for promising young cyclists aged 19 – 22 called Le Tour de l’Avenir (‘The Tour of the Future’) which showcases upcoming riders. It takes place over five or six stages, covering about a thousand … Continue reading

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