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Some sad news. I heard from Chris O’s wife that he collapsed and passed away suddenly at home a couple of weeks ago. They had moved from London up to the North East of England a year or so ago and were living a quieter life on a smallholding with ducks, chickens etc and space for their daughter to ride horses. He was still riding and had been attending track sessions at an open air track not far from where they were living. So he was active to the last and seemingly there was no indication any issues prior to… Read more »
Two things – I need to update my Soigneur page a bit. My bikes are out of date.
Also, how do I contribute an article? I’ve forgotten and I’m just brewing something.
Easiest is to email me any articles and the text you would like on the Soigneurs page.
New bike new bike new bike (ish).
Just got back from a trip to Scotland with it.
Nice. By the by, I see you’ve been Kayaking. If you fancy a trip to the IoW we have space and the club has Kayaks you could hire and I can take you out. I need to get back on 2 wheels so if you wanted to go cycling you’d likely be on your own but the round IoW circuit is a great ride.
Top offer! Thanks. The other two are really keen on watersports and Jim particularly enjoys kayaking (he’s pushing 12 but his shoulders are like mine!).
We’ll definitely consider it if we’re over your way.
I think I received too many points for last 2 races should have been 3 instead of 6 .Total 44 however math has never been my strongsuit.We all know there are no free gifts in cycling.
Hmm – I’ll check later. It’s more normal for me to underscore due to missing spelling corrections etc!
Don’t know if this is of interest to anybody, but it got my attention…to bad I’m in the USA..maybe they will still ship to us…
35,000 bikes to go to auction after distributor enters administration (msn.com)
Moore Large (johnpye.co.uk)
Maybe I should set up as a UK distribution agent!
This is great – how do you clean the cobbles in the Arenberg for Paris Roubaix?
Well, our building work is down to the last few bits and pieces to sort out. Why does it always take so long to get the last few % completed? Anyway, I now have an indoor ‘gym’ space so can get the bike(s) back out and try to get ft again. So far the longish layoff seems to have helped with my back issues so touch wood that things will be less painful to get back out on the road. Must get the 2023 OTRL race calendar updated now that I also have my office back and can get the… Read more »
So how was everyone’s season? Here in the desert, the riding season picks up now that the blazing heat has subsided, but it’s still warm. The days are getting short, which is the trade off. I have to call my summer a success, with several big gravel races completed and many miles of tarmac in the legs. I just wish I could find the speed I had from 20 or 30 years ago. The stable of bikes has undergone some changes, so perhaps a winter project update is in order.
I have not been on a bike all Summer. Put my back out moving house a couple of years back now and it just was not getting better and cycling was pretty painful – or at least, straightening up aft dismounting. So decided to lay off for a few months and see if it helped.
Back seems a lot better at the moment so will get back onto the rollers when the extension is finished.
Bonus is we will have an extra room that Mrs T says I can use as a gym.
Hi all, I have been absent for a while, but I am glad to see the activity on the site. I had a good season, and I hope everyone did too. I will finish the year with about 6,000 miles and 300K feet of climbing. This will be similar to last year’s totals. I did achieve my longest-ever Strava ride this year by logging 208 miles. This broke my previous long ride of 154, set two weeks earlier. The 154-mile ride included 7,000 feet of climbing, most of which were in the last third. I hoped to log a few… Read more »
Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I think that is no longer allowed in pro-cycling.
Btw: hello again Fellominati! Managed to find my password again.
Yes, AVV last Saturday made my day. RE ditto and omg MvdP was fined 1500… The father of the girls seems to have said he understands why MvdP got angry and that the girls were wrong. But who called the police then?
I thought I’d struggle to get any fitness/form back after disrupted riding and training – guinea pig injuries/COVID, etc.
I’ve raced 4 times this year so far and won 3 of them.
Quite a surprise.
Between a crook back, building works and associated moving stuff around in the house, I’ve not been out on the road since late last Summer. Need to take myself by the earlobe and get out!
Hi gang! I got my racing legs on for the first time since 2018 and did my first ‘official’ non-aero time trial a weekend or so ago. I was hoping for top 5 in the non-aero category, but I only bloody won! Did a time of 22:45 for 10 miles and was top vet and top senior. I also went fast enough to have placed top 10 in the full aero event.
Nice one! Well done.
Sad to read just now of the passing of the journalist and author Richard Moore. RIP.
@Kubi – I’ve sent you a new password reset request (hopefully). Send me another message if that does not let you in. If not I’ll send you a password manually.
Sad news of one of Australia’s finest cyclist and all round top bloke, passed away today, Dean Woods. https://auscycling.org.au/nat/news/vale-dean-woods-oam-olympic-gold-medallist-passes-away-aged-55 Dean’s palmarès; Olympic Games Gold Medallist at Los Angeles 1984. Olympic Silver Medallist at Seoul 1988. Olympic Bronze Medallist at Seoul 1988. Olympic Bronze Medallist at Atlanta 1996. 3 times World Cycling Champion ‘83, ‘84, ‘96. 3 times Commonwealth Games Champion ‘86, ‘94. Australian Sporting Hall of Fame Member – 2000. Recipient of Order of Australia Medal – Services To Cycling Co-author of “The Dean Woods Manual of Cycling”. Melbourne to Warrnambool Road Race Winner. Melbourne to Warrnambool Record Holder 1990… Read more »
Welcome back, everyone, looking forward to a new season!
Hi all, I’m trying to get into this cycling thing again. Got some big plans involving some stupid long rides.
Hoping I wont get attacked by any more rodents or get that COVID again so I can have a good run at building some fitness.
Happy New Year all. Hope you’re not being too messed around by this bloody COVID thing still.
Happy New Year – trying to recover some fitness after not being near a bike for seemingly months due to back issues. Hopefully now in a better state. Soooooooo unfit……..
Try having a guinea pig related injury, then a rock climbing related knee injury, then COVID…very much in a rebuilding phase about now. Signed up for a 200km mid Feb. So…yeah. That’ll be fun.
Errr – Guinea Pig related injury? I guess I can just about visualise being savaged by a Guinea Pig but on the other hand………
I wont show you a picture in case you’ve just eaten, but last May one of our guinea pigs had a moment of madness and sunk his teeth into the base of my left index finger. Long story short, infection of the tendon sheathe requiring two operations to clean out. Then months and months of physio to get the mobility back.
Yikes – and I was merely imagining that you nearly trod on it and did yourself a nasty avoiding flattening it.
No, it was proper savage/frightening/hilarious. The worst bit was calling my guitar teacher to tell him why I was cancelling lessons…
Are you old enough to remember this movie?
Interesting video from Team Jumbo Visma as to what it takes to be able to run a team
Happy New Year everyone. I’ll get to work building up the OTRL Events Calendar for 2022.
Merry Christmas and Very Best Wishes for the New Year.
Eeeee the old days……..
God, I remember that ad. Yellow pages? Gone the way of the dodo – replaced by google. I remember having a Falcon catalog and a Raleigh catalog that I would pore over for hours. The former had Bill Nickson standing next to their top model (Eeee by gum, by today’s standards he was a big lad!). The latter the whole prime time Raleigh squad with strange sounding foreign names like Cees, Gerrie, Ad, Jan. Finally got a 531SL team colors Raleigh in 82.Good times.
Just plain Evil….how was nothing done so far…
Welcome to @gorillaclimber hope you got your login details OK.
With the death of Bernard Tapie, I thought I’d throw this old gem out from the V days which happens to mention to Gallic changer. Enjoy!