Tag Archives: Tour de France

‘Dear Friend ….’

There is a phrase, somewhat unkind, I can’t help feeling: middle – aged men in lycra. I guess I feel as I do since I am one of them. Over the years I have amassed a drawer full of said … Continue reading

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Archipelago

For me, one of the most poetic – and there are many – sights in any cycling stage race is of the peleton moving together along the flat, in the mountains, across major road intersections, seen in profile, or from the … Continue reading

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This Brilliance is not Mine

  Show me an out-in-the-sunshine cyclist who dares to ride in lycra who has not fantasised about winning mountain stages in the Grand Tours, or charging over the line first in the sprint finish on the Champs Elysee. Well, O.K. there must … Continue reading

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The Support Vehicle

    Cars – well car drivers – tend to get a hard time on these pages. Not this time. No professional road race of any significance on the professional calendar could operate without the team support vehicle. Easy to … Continue reading

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Moderate

  adj moderate being within reasonable or average limits, not excessive or extreme moderate, temperate not extreme moderate, restrained marked by an avoidance of extravagance or extremes   Recently a friend of mine gave me a couple of books of … Continue reading

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Bicycle Thieves (#2)

This is an updated version of an edition that first appeared in 2011 What more dispiriting experience is there for a cyclist than discovering that their bike has been nicked?  This has happened to me twice.  The first time it was the first bicycle I owned … Continue reading

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Strenuous

Strenuous adj 1. characterised by or performed with much energy or force. 2.arduous, straining, strenuous taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance. I recently went on a short cycling holiday in Dorset (for Icelandic and Singaporean readers that’s a … Continue reading

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