KoM Sportive 17th May 2014

The King of the Mountain Sportive is organised by a local cycling club, Deeside Thistle. There are three options; 100 miles, 100 km or 25 miles. I took the 100 km option. This would be the furthest I’d ridden for a long time, certain since my days of living in the Netherlands in the early … Read more

Thoughts on Di2

I’ve been using Ultegra Di2 on my new Felt Z3 for the past 6 weeks-or-so. In my cycling career, I’ve gone from downtube friction shifters, through indexed shifters, on to STI combined brake/gear shifters and finally to Di2. Here’s my initial thoughts: Good Slick shifting – easily as slick as a newly setup mechanical system … Read more

New Bike – Felt Z3

Felt Z3 I’ve been thinking about a new bike for quite a while now, but, with the results of February’s Guru bike fit showing that my Giant TCR was too small, I bit the bullet and finally bought a new bike. I’d decided a while ago to go for Shimano Di2 on new bike, mainly … Read more

Guru Bike Fit

During our recent trip to Club la Santa for the JBST Training Camp, I had a Guru bike fit done by Ben Price. I’ve never really had a bike fit done before, only a cursory saddle and handle bar adjustment when I got my first ‘proper’ racing bike in the Netherlands back in 1989. Since … Read more

First run since April

Yesterday was my first run since my bout of Sciatica. I had originally intended to compete in the Skene Triathlon, but my bout of illness last week put an end to that plan. I’ve been avoiding running since my sciatica started as I thought that the jarring effect from the running would only make it … Read more

Arrrgh – Sciatica

I was stretched out on our new sofa on Sunday when I felt a bit of pain in my lower back – well, not so much my back as just above my bum. The next morning I could hardly get into the car for the drive to work. According to my sister (who’s a nurse) … Read more

Run Garioch 10k

The Run Garioch 10k, held in Inverurie, was my first race of the year. I’ve run this a couple of times in the past, and it’s usually been a fine spring day. This year, however, the temperature was hovering around 0.5 Deg C, with a -7 Deg wind chill. There was still quite a bit … Read more

Visit to TCR 2013

Earlier this month, I visited the Triathlon Show (formally the TCR Show), held at Sandown Park, near London. I was in Leicester for the following week at NSConference, so I flew down a day earlier to attend.  I’ve been to the show a number of times in the past, but I found this year’s show … Read more

2013 JBST Tri-Camp

At the end of January, I returned to Club la Santa in Lanzarote for the JBST Triathlon Camp, hosted by Joe Beer and Dan Bullock of SwimForTri. The main aim for this camp was to get in some start-of-season training, and to get some swim analysis from Dan. Unfortunately, I arrived at the camp with … Read more

Bike Winter Rebuild

My bike is a fairly old Giant TCR1, which I bought back in 1998. At the time, the design was fairly revolutionary, being the first ‘compact’ bike frame, designed by Mike Burrows, who also designed Chris Boardman’s 1992 Olympic Gold Medal winning Lotus Type 108 ‘Superbike’. Over the years, I’ve upgraded quite a lot of the components on the … Read more

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