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  • Follow the velo thick road

    Dinah Washington certainly knew what she was talking about when she sang 'What a Difference a Day Makes' but even she would have struggled with 24 'little hours' on the blustery Bugatti circuit suffered by the SBR Team at the weekend....
  • Crucial training information

    The latest findings from the Bennett Institute of Endurance Cycling Research conclusively shows that extensive training is needed to compete in endurance cycling events. Ahead of the Le Mans Velo 24 heures the Institute decided to conduct research into...
  • It's a Le Mans world

    With the the Le Mans 24heures velo looming and lots more entries made by Matt a little jockeying for position has started around who is going to ride what. Now the frites are down, so to speak, who will be up for the full 24 hrs? I had resigned myself...
  • Olympic inspiration

    There's been a bit of a mixed bag of emotions surrounding the Olympics. While Wiggo has been collecting gold in the TT (shot here on the Portsmouth Rd) the previous weekend was a bit more of a shock. The gold expected by Cavendish didn't appear...
  • Ring of confidence?

    The Le Mans preparation ride was greeted by one of the first true days of summer. The occassion was marked with a trip to the summit of Box Hill just days before the Olympic road race and just hours before it was due to be closed to the public.An added...
  • Hooray for...err Box Hill

    I've tried my best not to be cynical about the Olympics but last night I was tipped over the edge. With a Box Hill training ride cum Vision Aid Overseas cheque presentation looming next Tuesday I thought I would check out the Hill before mapping a...
  • Looks familiar

    The weather is playing havoc with my bike. After the soaking last Sunday getting wet on the daily commute didn't seem so bad. The biggest problem is the toll it takes on the bike. Luckily I have the 'old' Pearson to draft into service but...
  • Hats off for the new SBR team member

    Rain of biblical proportions ushered in Sunday morning. This was the day of the Dorking sportive at which I had agreed to ride with the latest member of the SBR team. The good news was he still wanted to ride despite the weather, he also brought along...
  • Out of the Box

    I'm all set to ride around the Surrey Hills with a fellow SBR rider this weekend. He's not from these parts so was keen to get out onto Box Hill ahead of the Olympics. Sadly I read on the ride organiser's website that(not only is it going...
  • How to murder a Brooks saddle

    I've always loved my leather Brooks saddle. Until I got my latest carbon bike I always rode with it. It's done several Ironman triathlons long rides, commutes, trips to the coast, Alpe d'Huez, vatternrundan. More recently it has lain alone...
  • I got those Father's Day, bicycle maintenance blues

    With the return of the summer I have been back on the fixed wheel bike for the daily commute. This has been fortunate as I haven't really been out for longer rides at the weekend and commuting is a great way of clocking up those miles in readiness...
  • Stormy weather

    Having ridden the North Downs in blazing sunshine and spent the next week clocking up even more miles in the heat the Jubilee weekend brought a big change in the weather. Last Tuesday Bank Holiday morning I managed a small ride out with son number 2 around...
  • After last Sunday's King of the North Downs ( see previous post) I thought I would need a rest but this week has turned out to be anything but. Workwise the four day Jubilee weekend has ment getting out an entire issue in three days. The rain has...
  • King of the Downs 2012

    There can be no better feeling that setting the alarm for 5.00am and waking to see the orange of the rising sun burning the dew from the grass knowing that you will be spending the day riding through beautiful countryside. That was just how Sunday started;...
  • Going for the triple

    In a fit of pique some weeks ago I put my name forward for the King of the North Downs. This is an epic Sunday in late May covering 115 miles of South East countryside and every hill the organiser could muster. The South East is pretty flat but with 9...
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