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No turbo this year thanks

For the first winter in about 5 years I have put the turbo trainer away once and for all, I’ll be making up my training hours with ski mountaineering, Nordic skating and the odd epic off-piste day…

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Season Fleeting

The 2011 competitive season is over.  It’s been long but varied, having competed in a range of sports from ski-mountaineering to mountain running to MTB Marathons, with the odd road event thrown in for old times sake.  One thing that … Continue reading

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The Grand Raid

The 2011 Grand Raid goes down as my worst day on a bicycle. The event is one of the toughest MTB marathons in the world at 125km, but it is not the distance that makes this a killer, it is … Continue reading

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Tuscany

Living in the Alps is wonderful, with superb riding in stunning scenery, however there are a few drawbacks. One is that with long mountain winters a great deal of building work has to take place in a condensed period of … Continue reading

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Top Step Fever

Having achieved the top step of the podium just once in my last year of serious racing it has been rather refreshing to climb onto it three times this week, even if like today it’s just a painted log. Having … Continue reading

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Winning Ways

It’s been a good few days. Last week I swapped the bike for some inov-8 trail running shoes in an effort to transform cycling legs into mountain running versions. Perhaps just two runs prior to a race is not in … Continue reading

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Le Tour du Lac

Lake Geneva is pretty big, in fact even following a fairly direct route around it the distance is some 180km, taking in the scenic lakeside towns of the Swiss riviera; the magnificent Laveaux vineyards; the French towns of Evian and … Continue reading

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Not the only sandbagger- 2nd again!

Wednesday evening saw round two of the Giron du Rhone series, an evening crit around the village of St.Pierre-de-Clages near Sion. The course was quite technical, winding it’s way through vineyards with several ninety degree turns, and this combined with … Continue reading

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Back on the podium Shameless Sandbagging

This afternoon I raced in a local series called the Giron du Rhone. There are seven rounds with a variety of crits and long hill climb time trials. It seems to be a very inclusive series with lots of categories, … Continue reading

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Racing the setting sun

It starts with the descent; living at 1200 metres in the winter the only way up is a cross-country ski run, so training starts with a drop to the Rhone valley. I feared the worst- 5pm rush hour down the … Continue reading

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