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The Manx Missile is Back

The Manx Missile is Back

Exciting Breaking News… Mark Cavendish (36) will race the 2021 edition of the Tour de France. His team, Deceuninck-Quick-Step announced today, that Cavendish will be the team’s nominated Sprinter for the 108th Edition of the TdeF. Sam Bennett was the Team’s chosen...

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Tokyo Olympics 2020

Tokyo Olympics 2020

It has been confirmed that the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be held between 24th July to the 9th August 2021. Originally scheduled to take place from 24th July to 9th August 2020, the event was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This is the...

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Fitwins Virtual Challenge

Fitwins Virtual Challenge

Fitwins Virtual Challenges: FITWINS means winning physically, winning mentally, taking on a challenge and smashing your goals. Throughout 2020, as well as my usual riding on Zwift, I was also taking on a number of Virtual Challenges. These included, Lands End to John...

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Tour de France 2020

Tour de France 2020

The Tour de France was scheduled to run from the 27th June – 19th July 2021. It was the 107th edition of the race. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, it was postponed to the 29th August 2021and it finished in Paris on the 20th September. It was a strange...

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Pro-Cycling 2020

Pro-Cycling 2020

The 2020 Pro-Cycling Season, has well and truly started. With the Tour Down Under (21st – 26th Jan) won by Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), all those fans are looking forward to a great year of cycling. Out to the UAE in February, then the Classics from March… With the...

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Hydration – Water – Nature’s Health Drink

Hydration – Water – Nature’s Health Drink

Water is our body's vital fuel, a health drink from Mother Nature. It is calorie-free, inexpensive and available everywhere.  Yet few people follow the old fashioned advice to drink eight glasses of water a day. Most people drink when they are thirsty, but the drink...

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A Good Read #1

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

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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Interactive Trainer

Interactive Trainer

Turbo Trainer – Elite Drivo II The most accurate interactive home trainer in the world – so reads the promotional material for the Elite Drivo 2 Turbo Trainer. Drivo II’s colour catches your eye right away - black, sporty and aggressive just like its core, with an...

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New Year Resolutions

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

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

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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Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully

Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully

The average duration of human life in the UK is just about 83 years for women and 79 years for men. Conservative experts believe that man is really build to last about 100 years; and that medical advances and a more healthy living style could bring this about three or...

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Armchair Athletes

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

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

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?

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 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 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 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

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

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

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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