Specialized Tarmac SL7 Pro 2022 Review – What It Is Really Like

I had always dreamed of owning a Specialized S-Works Tarmac, and like many people, this dream became further and further away the more expensive the bike became. The launch of the SL7 Specialized S-Works Tarmac model caused me particular excitement and the thought (dream) of having it in the standard red awoke the desire all…

Cycling the Atlas Mountains

Who wouldn’t want to cycle the Atlas Mountains in Morocco? I have to be honest and say I hadn’t spent much time thinking about it until the opportunity presented itself. I had been invited to Morocco for a work event and the time off in the schedule triggered a conversation with a colleague who also…

Tour of Flanders

Having been literally locked down at home for what feels like five years, the opportunity to cross the English Channel with a close group of friends to see the famous cycling classic The Tour of Flanders was too good an opportunity to pass. Little did I know when I left, that I would be waking…

2022 Cycling Objectives – In A Nutshell

Each year I try to ensure I put down some realistic and obviously desirable activities or aims that for the forthcoming 12 months. By writing it down, I’m 5% of the way there. By stating it publicly, well that leaves me with no excuses whatsoever. Time will tell. 1. 10 x 100 = 100 miles…

2021 Remembered

It’s always a good at this time of year to take a moment to reflect on what is happened in the last 12 months. Was it a good year? Did I do all that I set to? and perhaps the biggest question of all, did I make the most of it? In yet another COVID…

My Cycling Year in Numbers

I had one numerical goal when I started the year and that was to hit 4,000 miles. I hadn’t achieved that in previous years and therefore I figured why not. 2017 had been my best year ever and as 2018 had gone a bit backwards compared to that I decided it was the year I…

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 ..

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.

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…

Etape de Wales – ‘The Dragon’

I’ve written on here before about my reasons for entering this event (Dragon Taming) and to be honest at the time it was one of those situations where you did it and then said to yourself that you will think about it later.  That later was last Sunday 11th June and now as I sit…

Fatima & I

Regret is not a strong enough word to describe the feeling you get when you see, for the first time in your life, your soft girly looking legs, sat beneath a hairy pair of bollocks