January……

“January, sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me”, sung by the group Pilot in 1975 but those words resonate with me every year. In my cycling year this is the most difficult month to keep my motivation, the Christmas celebrations are over and a New Year has arrived, it is an easy time of…

A Taste of Audax

An entry to the Kennet Valley 200km Audax was to be my first serious venture into longer distance cycling, I had completed 100 km rides but this was a first step up to the longer distances.  For those that have not come across Audax before it is a cycling event where participants try to cycle…

2014 Isle Of Wight Randonnee

A 5am alarm call is an unwelcome sound but after the initial shock of the early start with bikes and Mrs B loaded we are off to Lymington to catch the 7-15 ferry to the IOW Randonnee. The sight of 150 lycra clad individuals must have been a shock to the rest of the passengers…

I Need Another Bike

Building From Scratch (Part 1) The great thing or perhaps the not so great thing about cycling is that it gives you time to think and so while riding my Cannondale and getting soaked in yet another Spring deluge my brain dialled into the need for a second road bike with guards for wet weather…

Phil Hampton Memorial Ride

Saturday 23rd was the eleventh year of the Phil Hampton memorial ride and as it is organised by the local CTC I felt as a fairly new member it warranted my support. Phil Hampton was a member of CTC North Hampshire. He was an electrical engineer who had given up full-time work to make time…