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Back in the Saddle

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April 18, 2014
Back in the Saddle

Out for a long spin once more this morning, after a few shorter rides during the week and I am happy to report that the elevations and gradients in this part of Sussex seem to be easing back and returning to their pre-winter state. I am guessing it must be due in part to...
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Mountains and Molehills

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April 14, 2014
Mountains and Molehills

Well. At long last I went out for a proper morning ride, a touch under thirty miles, my ambitions fired by the suggestion, proposed in a comment the other day, of riding the Dunwich Dynamo this July. It was lovely to be out in the pre-dawn glow, putting in the miles and with a...
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Overseas – to the Isle of Wight!

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April 6, 2014
Overseas – to the Isle of Wight!

Just when I am finally starting to hit my stride again as a blogger, the school Easter holidays have popped up to throw me off again. Tomorrow we head off to the Isle of Wight for five days for what has become the Smith family’s traditional springtime get-away. The kids in particular love it,...
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Exploring Inner Space

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April 5, 2014
Exploring Inner Space

I’ve been following a thread on a cycling forum the past couple of days about foreign travel and whether it is essential to one’s spiritual and emotional and cultural well-being. The original poster said that he had never left Britain’s shores, had never felt any particular urge to do so and wondered if there...
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The Mountain

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April 4, 2014
The Mountain

The post the other day got me thinking more about the growing up I did in rural New England back in the 1960s and 1970s and the almost fictional quality of my childhood – which was not fiction but wholehearted lived, even if it does come to me now like memories of memories, or...
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Once Upon A Time

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April 2, 2014
Once Upon A Time

The other day when I was walking home from school with my ten year-old daughter she was telling me how she would like to get a bicycle and come riding with me early in the mornings, on weekends, during the summer holiday. I was delighted to hear it and very encouraging. It was interesting,...
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Danube Days

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March 24, 2014
Danube Days

I am not normally one for social media. I do not have a Face Book page and am most unlikely ever to get one. Nor am I to be found on Twitter or Instagram, but late last year on a whim – and prompted by an invitation from an archaeologist with whom I have...
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Rapha – City Riding Collection

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March 21, 2014
Rapha – City Riding Collection

I see Rapha has released their new ‘City Collection’. An e-mail notifying me of this momentous occasion lobbed into my in-basket this afternoon and as someone who has purchased a fair share of their gear in the past – although not so much in recent years – I clicked on the link to peruse...
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Armstrong – The Scourge of Drug Cheats

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March 19, 2014
Armstrong – The Scourge of Drug Cheats

Even as the balmy breezes of spring waft over the daffodils along the roadside, a cold chill must be running up the spines of the drug cheats in the peloton (and elsewhere in elite sports) with the news today that a clever new drug test has just been devised. Cheap, easy to run and...
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Light at the End of a Stressful Tunnel

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March 18, 2014
Light at the End of a Stressful Tunnel

At long last I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – and I don’t believe, this time, that it is a train coming the other way. For the past few weeks I have been bogged down writing stories on a bewildering array of topics: the history of the Ottoman Empire,...
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