Category Archives: Training

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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La Corniche

On a beautiful Saturday last weekend I met a new riding buddy called Alain, a fellow resident of Villars and UCI Director of Global Development. With blue skies and a fair wind we headed to the Swiss Riviera through Montreux … Continue reading

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Rando-Racing

For the past few weeks the title of the blog should perhaps be ‘Two Skis Fast’, and not just in the downhill variety either. The skis I bought last year to start my quiver were Salomon Lords, and knowing I … Continue reading

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Trackie

With the first snow of the winter arriving in town last week it seemed fitting to be embarking on a winter of track cycling at the excellent UCI track just down the road in Aigle. My new club VC Montreux … Continue reading

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Ticking off the cols

Seeing as this road was just about rideable, I proceeded upward to the Col du Tronc manualing and bunny-hopping the drainage channels (the Sl2 coping admirable with the abuse) until eventually the descent started, initially quite gingerly on loose dirt, then back on tarmac, although frankly dirt would have been preferable given the state of the road. Continue reading

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