Category Archives: reflections

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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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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No faking it

Lets do the excuses first: no racing for nearly a year; long recovery from major shoulder surgery; moved to a ski resort where winter riding doesn’t exist; less training time due to new job; long car journey from Switzerland; tired … Continue reading

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