Two Weekends, A Lifetime of Stories

This weekend, after a year and a half of waiting, I finally said goodbye to my Dad. He died in April 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic (not from covid, I might add) and it’s taken this long for us to able to gather the family and friends who would have wanted to celebrateContinue reading “Two Weekends, A Lifetime of Stories”

WC Mens’ Road Race: 5 Storylines

The infinite ways in which a road race can play out almost always coalesce into something cycling fans recognise – a predictable outcome even where the variables (the riders, the parcours, dogs off their leads) are unpredictable. It can be as binary as the breakaway vs the pack; a sprint vs a lone attacker; theContinue reading “WC Mens’ Road Race: 5 Storylines”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The Second Half

As my summation of the first four stages of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain consisted, quite predictably, of race reports, it might come as something of a surprise to read the second half, which sadly, will consist of relatively little in the way of cold, hard facts. There are reasons for this which willContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The Second Half”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The First Half

The 108-strong cast of the 17th modern edition of the Tour of Britain rolled out of Penzance, in the far south-west corner of the island, on a sunny September Sunday, full of promise of a spectacular week of racing to come. The backdrop to the Grand Depart and Stage 1 was the picturesque coastline andContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: The First Half”

AJ Bell Tour of Britain: Preview

The rescheduled 17th edition of the modern reincarnation of the Tour of Britain will take place over eight stages and feature racing in all three countries of mainland Great Britain. The race was relaunched in 2004 following a five-year absence from the racing calendar and this year, just as in previous years, the race willContinue reading “AJ Bell Tour of Britain: Preview”

Olympic Despatches: Individual Time Trial

The final events on the road would see a small but perfectly formed field of 39 men and 25 women take on a long, undulating course against the clock. The distance was 44.2km for the men and 22.1km for the women, taking place over a lap (or two) concluding, as in the road race, onContinue reading “Olympic Despatches: Individual Time Trial”

Olympic Despatches: Road Race Recap

The wait is finally over: the Olympics have arrived. With the preparations five years in the making following the delay to the Tokyo Games due to coronavirus, the stakes were arguably higher than ever With the men’s and women’s road races some of the first events of the Games, much of the pre-race discussion centredContinue reading “Olympic Despatches: Road Race Recap”

Tour de France 2021: Rest Day Reflections II

The second week of a Grand Tour traditionally sees the turning of the screw; the ramping up of pressure, on whoever holds the yellow jersey, and those who are in close proximity. If the first week is attritional and the final week is a full-blooded attack, the central week is the firing of shots; theContinue reading “Tour de France 2021: Rest Day Reflections II”