Final weigh in and cheesy grin time @transambikerace

What’s been a year in planning is now finally here and there’s no turning back. A years worth of planning, testing and really tightening the screws on my logistically challenged brain – most normal folk would probably get this done in a third of the time – the bike is loaded up with what IContinue reading “Final weigh in and cheesy grin time @transambikerace”

Hands off – this gals off on an adventure

It seems just yesterday I queued nervously outside the exam room waiting to sit my practical exam to become a sports and remedial massage therapist, yet this year marks a decade of working my fingers to the bone, quite literally, to build a little business I feel really proud to be a part of. SurvivingContinue reading “Hands off – this gals off on an adventure”

What goes up, must come down…

…and up it went and down it came. 201km over some of the Tours great climbs, there was only ever going to be one way to describe this Etape: Tough. Four major climbs dotted the profile, but on closer inspection the flat sections were in fact gradual inclines to the base of the climbs. AsContinue reading “What goes up, must come down…”

@raphacharlie Marigolds to a bike race?

Marigolds, quintessentially the domain of the domestic scene and not really the domestique seen (in them). The creme de la creme of washing up gloves, in a range of colours to suit your outfit of the day, they can be dressed up with some feathers on the cuff or perhaps a string of pearls. NeatlyContinue reading “@raphacharlie Marigolds to a bike race?”

2 down, 1 to go

The Etape-2 looms on the horizon, another epic stage of iconic Tour climbs, five in total, all of which I’ve ridden before. Where ignorance is bliss, knowing what lies up the road can burst that blissful bubble. So to keep the mind focussed I have a “top-tube timetable” (so to speak) giving me the headsContinue reading “2 down, 1 to go”

Touched by the hand of God #L2P2012

“Lying in bed in the hotel room I can hear the rain hammering down outside” is the opening line in Stephen Roche’s recently published book “Born to Ride”. 25 years later 460 riders gathered to commemorate his incredible Triple Crown win by riding the 2012 London2Paris Hotchilee event. The night before the start all ofContinue reading “Touched by the hand of God #L2P2012”