Archive for July 2013

My First Alpine Climb

In late June, I set off with 5 like minded riders for a 5 day trip to the Alps. The first Alpine climb we tackled was Alpe d'Huez. Here's a summary of how it went. Alpe d'Huez After a quick look at the profile and Hattie's local knowledge I knew the first 2km (the first […]

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Night on a Bare Mountain

I've always fancied spending the night on a mountain top, watching the sun set, then sleeping under the stars until it rises again. At 482 feet high Tennyson Down is hardly a mountain but it is the highest point in West Wight, and, with sea on three sides, it commands splendid views. The current heat […]

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Level 3 Action and Tinderbox Britain

Golden haze – my favourite weather This is worth writing if only as a reminder to be read again in August when Prof Stephen Belcher's calculations come true and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation restores our weather to its now familiar wetness. He is from the Met Office and is "excited about this work, it's a […]

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Cycling in the Vale of Wenning (from Settle)

I take back what I said about map cases in my recent bar bag review. In the car park at Settle, getting ready to ride in the Yorkshire Dales, I accidentally deleted the route from my Garmin GPS. Either that, or I had forgotten to put it on when the route was planned in May. […]

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The ManxCat is BACK

Been a long long time. But on the 1st July, if I promised to take things easy, I have been given permission to ride my bicycle again. It has been the longest 14 weeks of my life, but its over and now I have to think about getting bike fit again.

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Bumbling round Brittany

A couple of weeks ago Dennis and I headed to Brittany where we attempted to combine a bit of a cycle tour with an ordinary family holiday. Nothing will induce Dennis to ride a bike so he travelled by car, leap-frogging and waiting for me to catch up. On quiet roads this works pretty well. […]

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