Cotswold Sportive

There was a time when a Sportive would be seen as a big event for me, so much so that I would even lay my clothes out on the floor the night before, write check lists and plan an energy fuelled breakfast. Now, without wanting to sound too cocky, I don’t even want to attend…

Trophy Cabinet

I had stayed at Liz’s house in London the night before as they were away somewhere and I think we were babysitting or something. Either way, it meant I had to get up very early if I was going to get to Blenheim Palace on time. The race was due to start at 9.30am and…

Finding Fifty

Life begins at 40 they said. I’m hoping I can say the same about 50 as it’s coming round the corner pretty darn quick ..

Italian Alpes Cycle Trip

I agreed to climb Stelvio because I always liked the idea of telling people I had. But now I was at the bottom, in the soaring June heat my thoughts were very different.

A Very British Cycle Ride

Whenever I head to the coast, particularly the Dorset coast, it reminds me of all those family holidays down to Weymouth, Bournemouth and the various beaches around the area. That’s why a cycle trip that takes in these very shores is always something to look forward to, and why it has now become a bit…

2018 Reflections

It’s a morbid thing to say, but I said recently to someone that if I died tomorrow, don’t feel sorry for me. I’ve crammed a lot into my years compared to some.

Cycling Rivalry – A Short Story

As they stood at the counter, espresso shots in hand, their eyes never left each other as they necked the hot coffee, trying hard not to flinch under the heat of the liquid and the bitterness of the gritty drink.  “Two more”, said the rival.  “Each!” Added Adrian

Prior Engagement

I’ve lived in Bath nearly 21 years and during that time had always known about the famous Prior Park and it’s beautiful gardens. I had always intended to visit but never got round to it, mainly because you couldn’t drive there and I couldn’t be bothered to get the bus. Twenty years on and I…