Monthly Archives: July 2016

Missing the Tour?

Tour de France 1953

If like me you are missing your daily dose of vicarious bicycle racing, looky what I found on You Tube – newsreel footage of the 1953 Tour de France

And so the Tour…

Summertime on the seafront at Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, England

It is mid-afternoon on Monday, the day after the 2016 Tour de France wound up on the Champs Elysees and already I am missing it. I quite enjoyed those three weeks, when I could (and did) plan my day around the couple of hours of ITV coverage each day – the colourful spectacle of the…

Send In The Clowns

What a ludicrous finale that was to Stage 12 yesterday at the Tour de Farce. What should have been a tense match up between the GC favourites on the upper slopes of Mt Ventoux was reduced to a sort of slapstick black comedy highlighted by the grotesque spectacle of Chris Froome, the yellow jersey, running…

Courage…And Shuffle The Cards!

I’ve never been much of a fan of Chris Froome, or at last I have found it hard to warm up to him even as I admire his remarkable ability to pedal  bicycles at speed up and over steep mountains passes. However warm and engaging he might genuinely be as a friend, family member or…

A Dandy Horse For A Year Without A Summer

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Year Without A Summer – 1816 – when dust clouds and fallout from the catastrophic Mt Tambora volcanic eruption in Indonesia caused a worldwide  ‘volcanic winter’, with snow falling in every month, harvest failures, livestock dying and widespread famine. The volcanic eruption – the most explosive on…

Instant Fitness – The Joys of a Pegoretti

Pegoretti road bike on English country lane

So there I was, all pedalled out in 53×11, a legend in my own mind, weaving and swerving my way through the peloton as we wound our way up the Tourmalet, or maybe it was Mt Ventoux, or maybe it was the Col du Galibier – doesn’t matter – the point is I was flying…