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A Good Read #1

I love a good book, especially thrillers / detective stories. I also enjoy a good cycling book. This year, I found two ‘Good Reads’ under the Christmas Tree (Dec 2018), both by the acclaimed author William Fotheringham. The first was "Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike" and...

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2019 Sock Length

The 2019 Pro Cycling Season has well and truly started with the running of the “Tour Down Under” from Adelaide in South Australia. It will continue throughout the year ending sometime at the end of October, usually with the “Presidential Tour of Turkey”. What is this...

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New Year Resolutions

An Easy New Year’s Resolution It is that time of year again… Everybody is making New Year Resolutions…ones that you know will last the best part of January, if you are lucky. You know the ones… Lose some weight; Moderate any drinking and that annual favourite – Get...

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Team Sky

Team Sky On the 12th December 2018, Sky’s parent company 21st Century Fox, announced that they would be ending their sponsorship of Team Sky at the end of the 2019-cycling season. Sky has sponsored the team since it was formed in 2010. It has been one of the most...

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Paul Sherwen

On the 2nd December 2018, it was announced that the ‘Voice of Cycling’ Paul Sherwen had died of heart failure, aged 62, at his home in Kenya. Paul Sherwen was born on the 7th June 1956, just ‘down the road’ from me in Widnes, (Northwest England). He grew up in Kenya,...

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Armchair Athletes

Well, it's started.... 4 weeks of boring television... 28 days of 'so-called' pundits pontificating on penalties and points, their words of wisdom on every television and radio channel... wall to wall supporters shouting and generally making a nuisance of...

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Freedom Cycle System

A Favourite Brand - Freedom Cycle System: In the early days of the SpeedX saga, I came across the Freedom Cycle System on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform. It is an Australian project, launched by Tim Holmes and Steve Serpall. The Kickstarter campaign was...

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Smart Trainer

Turbo Trainer – Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+ Having started back riding (in April 17) with a set of ‘dumb’ Rollers, by June, I was convinced that I needed something a bit more ‘realistic’, a Trainer that I could work with that would be capable of a full training plan....

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Where are you going?

Where are you going? Nearly 40 years ago, in October 1969 a great film was released – it was the story of a Michigan farmer and a prospector who in the middle of the 1849 California gold rush form a partnership. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife,...

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The First Noel Part 3

The First Noel - A Christmas Story #3 Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him It is some hours later and Mary holds her newborn son in her arms. Joseph bears the fresh imprint of Mary's fingers on his flushed cheek and nurses a range of bruises he received as he fell from the...

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The First Noel Part 2

The First Noel - A Christmas Story of our Time #2 The Coming Of The Magi King Herod leant back in his throne and surveyed the three travellers who had presented themselves to him. Melchior wore a silk bandanna, loosely fitting black silk shirt and tight knee breeches;...

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The First Noel Part 1

The First Noel - A Christmas Story of our Time #1 O Little Time of Bethlehem The lights of Bethlehem twinkled in the darkness. Mary and Joseph made their way wearily down the path into the valley. Mary sat astride Joseph’s donkey while Joseph held the halter and...

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Rio 2016 Olympics

The 2016 Olympics were hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil over 5th – 21st August. With 207 countries represented by 11,238 athletes competing in 306 events across 28 sports. As far as medals won, it was the best ever result for Team GB. Coming 2nd in the Medal Table...

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Managing Expectation

This short article was first written in May 2016 about the Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and was written as the Admin of the SpeedX Riders Facebook Group.  The SpeedX Leopard bikes were delayed, and some backers were becoming very impatient....

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Growing your business

Growing your business in difficult times Have you ever asked yourself the question “How did they find that business?” or “How did he find that job?” because you didn’t hear anything about it. The answer is probably by Networking or through ‘the grapevine.’ The old...

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Networking Skills 1

In the days when I had a 'proper job' and wore a suit most days, I used to help entrepreneurs and business people with their Sales, showing them and working with them how to be better sales people and improve their business bottom line. I ran a series of Networking...

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Urban Myths

Cyclists shave their legs to faster and other urban myths Have you heard the one about...  the lady who bought a cup of coffee at a MacDonald's drive through... put it between her legs - drove off and crashed her car and sued MacDonald's for millions, because the...

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Spam #1

The Curse of the 21st Century This short article is all about the curse of the 21st Century – SPAM Not one of my favourite food products, the excellent chopped pork and ham made by the Hormel Company – but those insidious e-mail messages that appear in your computers...

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Road Cycling – The Basics #3

Cycling Clothing: Lycra is a cyclist’s best friend! To enjoy road cycling, you need to wear the right type of clothing; however, this does not mean that you have to fill your wardrobe with Lycra. It does help with your comfort if you wear some clothes that are...

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Road Cycling – The Basics #2

Which Bike is Best for you? Before buying your road bike, you need to spend some time thinking about a) What are you going to use it for and b) How much can you afford to spend? The more thought you give to this, the easier it becomes to buy the best bike for you! Why...

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Road Cycling – The Basics #1

Road Cycling - The Basics #1 Road cycling has been a hobby verging on a passion of mine for the last few years. But while I have a number of years of experience, it’s easy to forget that there are beginners just starting out. Sometimes it’s important to go back to...

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Press Release – Etape Mercia

Draft press release – Wallasey (Merseyside) Media - May 2013 WALLASEY BUSINESSMAN SWAPS BUS PASS FOR BIKE IN MEMORY OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS Local businessman Paul Ashbury has no plans to use his new bus pass at 65, instead he’ll be getting on his bike to raise money for...

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Bus Gate + Crashes – Tour de France

Well, Stage 1 of the 100th Tour de France has just finished… 22 teams and 198 riders started out from Porto-Vecchio at the southern end of Corsica to ride the 213km to Bastia in the north of the island. A day designed for the sprinters, that could have seen Mark...

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A Field of Dreams

"Build it and they will come" was the tag line to the Kevin Costner film - "Field of Dreams". In 1952, the then Department of Environment, Planning and Development Secretary John Silkin announced that a new town would be built 30 miles north of London in Stevenage....

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