Year: 2011

When it (nearly) all comes good

Off Camber

Just had a great day out on the bike. I’ve accepted that a great day out for me these days doesn’t equate to a win… those days have moved quietly away… but greatness is so easily measured in other ways when your glass is half full.

Cross Roads

Cross Roads

Alan Dorrington and I had a neat little hilly bike ride today over some ace roads on the rim of Calderdale – some of my fave roads in the area. But with a cheeky little twist… we thought we’d ride our ‘cross bikes with slick tyres to see how they felt as road bikes.

New and Blue… I’m On One for Planet X

New and Blue… I’m On One for Planet X

I rode my first National Trophy race for my new Planet X team yesterday and it felt kinda weird… Having signed (!?!!) for them three weeks ago my first race at Stadt Moers in the North West league was pretty low key, but it was very odd yesterday over at Derby in the first proper race in my new kit.  

An amazing few years – thank you, Wheelbase

Wheelbase Cycling Team

I joined Team Wheelbase in 2005 and will be racing for another team very soon (more on that will follow shortly). It’s the strangest feeling to move on from wearing the black and green kit – there have been some amazing highlights in the last few years and I just wanted to reflect a little. Basically, when I moved up to the north west again after living in Gloucestershire for ten years ...[Read More]

Raphaissance

Raphaissance

It’s too much of a rubbish cliché to talk of renaissance in cyclocross.  Effectively it’s inaccurate, too.  Cyclocross in our country has quite simply never been more popular. Rider numbers, spectator numbers, bike sales… the whole thing. It’s pretty much there now and has been for 3 or 4 years really. 

Sid the Kitten

Sid the Kitten

New family member joined the household.   Sid Haygarth (named after Six Dinner Sid) is just over 8 weeks old, a fluffball, bossing the dog around, and very playful and affectionate.  He’s sent two little girls into squeaky cutesy voices so much so that my ears hurt, and he’s in for some mega attention, play and cuddles.  But Elvis has not left the building.  And he’s better at fe ...[Read More]

Personal Worst: 3 Peaks Cyclocross 2011

Personal Worst: 3 Peaks Cyclocross 2011

I had a bad sleep last night.  My clavicle broken into two pieces is reasonably easy to get comfortable when I’m upright and in a sling, but lying in bed it’s hard to.  But that’s what this is about, to an extent… getting comfort and keeping still when you get there.

Once more unto the bogs

Once more unto the bogs

A quick moment to gather my thoughts before the big off in the 3 peaks cyclocross on Sunday.  It’s an annual pattern of familiar routine always peppered with new things each year to distract me.  The basic sectors of the 3 peaks preparation are complex in themselves – training & fitness, equipment, food & nutrition, planning for support crew, co-ordination of family around the ...[Read More]

As one door closes… another one opens

Finish Line

“My” day of cyclocross: Rode well, steady start, faded a bit, kicked into a good rhythm after ten mins, then after 40 mins my bike was trashed and the race was over.  It doesn’t sound too good does it. Not even with my rose coloured glasses.  A good couple of k’s worth of carbon fible mashed up after the spokes sucked my rear gear mech into them isn’t exactly silver l ...[Read More]

A quick pint to keep me going

Today's a 2 pint day. #beetroot #redloo

Lily is Nine

My little Lily turned nine today – stunningly quickly … as these things go … Elsie jumped in to Lily’s bed extra early and we opened a couple of pressies and cards – but on her return to School Day we decided to leave the proper festivities until later today. Happy Birthday my lovely girl. Photos here  

Mackeral, Marrowfat Peas, and a touch of chillie

... because I'm worth it.

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