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What a tour, let’s just enjoy the aftermath!

Why does July always feel like the shortest month of the year? For me it’s partly that despite the longer days and (hopefully) warm weather, there’s an inescapable feeling of speeding back towards the winter like the bus from Speed, on the back of a giant penguin, sliding down the Hahnenkamm downhill run in Kitzbuehl. […]

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Damaged memories and future hopes (Thoughts on the Armstrong Saga post ‘Admission’)

Well, there you have it. Lance Armstrong has finally spoken the words we all knew he needed to do and which were desperately late in arriving. Since watching the first part of the interview this morning I have spoken to quite a few people, seen a lot of tweeting, reporting and reaction. There are so […]

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Armstrong, Drugs, Cancer… careful, this could be profound

Well, I’ve seen so much twittering, read so many articles, read the USADA report and the witness statements so I thought it was about time to put my views down on paper. They are by no means the views of an expert, just someone who was in equal parts inspired, motivated, in awe of and […]

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Up Mont Ventoux and Down to Nice…well, almost

Hi All, It’s been a week now since we got back from our little journey from Paris to Nice, so I thought I had better post the story of the second half of the ride, before the memories fade behind newer ones of work, weddings and wet british weather. The last report finished on the […]

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Half way to Nice!

This is a very brief summary of the first 4 days of our epic journey from Paris to Nice by Bike, on account of the fact it is now 10pm and I am falling asleep on my keyboard, so please forgive any mis-spellings or plain nonsense, I am not in full possession of all my […]

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A Tale of Two Sportives

  Like buses, I hadn’t taken part in a mass start Sportive ride for at least a year or so, then 2 came along that I really wanted to be a part of in the space of a fortnight. With very different courses, atmospheres and purposes, this is the story of both rides…. One very […]

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It’s the Pits! (A View from Director Sportiv/Coach/Therapist Chair)

Well, it’s been a few days now for the dust to settle since we came back from Scotland on a mission to see how our future X-Man would cope with the rigours of a real test of his endurance on the bike. I went along as a one-stop-shop for support duties, providing nutrition, coaching and […]

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Ergonomic Products: Great advances but be cautious….

HI All, I wanted to write a short post to crystallise my thoughts and opinions on the proliferation of ergonomic bike components and aids which aim to help you ride more comfortably or efficiently. On the whole I am really impressed by the advances that have been made. Specialized’s Body Geometry system (www.specialized.com) continues to be a forerunner in […]

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Just call me Richard Llewellyn Bowen

I know I posted some photos of the new Lab at the Velodrome a few weeks back, but you know what it’s like, when you move into a new place, you get all the stuff in and make it ‘live-able’ and then it stays in limbo for a while until you have some free time […]

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X-Man Preparation – Worthy of a BAFTA nomination?

OK, I realise we are a bit late for this years awards ceremony, but in our own minds we have made a masterpiece! We set out to make a video to give you some idea of the hard work and dedication that Tom Wild is putting in to hopefully complete and compete at the first […]

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