Thursday, 27 November 2008

Imitation is the finest form of...

flattery. Found these videos on Belgium Knee Warmers. I've got the DVD of the film from which these clips were taken (and Dave, can I have it back please :) and it's great to be reminded of what a rock of a man Jens Voight is...





Like I said, a rock. I've even got a sticker from here. Sad - yes. Great - yes.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

COBCC Nanty ride...

was wet and cold but great. No time to type, but time to link...

From Nant-y-Arian COBCC mtb ride Nov 23rd 2008


From Nant-y-Arian COBCC mtb ride Nov 23rd 2008


From Nant-y-Arian COBCC mtb ride Nov 23rd 2008


25 riders! With that many guys I was worried it was going to be a bit of a death-march, endless punctures and waiting and wot-not. But it was bloody brilliant, great pace and banter. Spot on.

Special mention to Sam's baking. You've set the bar high there mate!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Evolution...

may well have happened as a response to competition in the wild, but this header evolved in response to some insomnia and a feel that a change was merited. Feedback encouraged, will keep trying... mooting a blog name change too... ideas?

Friday, 21 November 2008

I'm keen but...


I'm not that keen. Having said that, If I won the Tax On The Poor (aka The Lottery) I might consider it :)

"A bicycle plated with 24-carat gold and covered with some 600 artificial gemstones, costing 80,000 Euros ($100,714) is displayed at the "LUXURY, please." fair in Vienna November 21, 2008. " REUTERS/Herwig Prammer"

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Cross is...

a challenge of organisation. We failed the challenge today and it was only with help from others that we got sorted for a trouble free race. So, first the roll-call... Gibbo and the family Gibbo:

From Mallory Park National Cross Series Nov 2008


The family Millar (of Ruby Millar fame) for jet washing and chats in the pits. I'd like to hear you heard her name here first, but that would be a total fabrication. Let's just say she's got class:

From Mallory Park National Cross Series Nov 2008


+ Graham for his support and jet-wash offer.

Our races were trouble free but not necessarily what we'd hoped for. I went well and felt I was able to drive all the way though for a top 20 finish (i think... and I'm just starting to get used to racing for 70 min with no drink. The trick is to enjoy the taste of your own sweat). P was not on top form and battled to 6th. Cycling is funny like that, good days and bad days with no real explanation. Sometimes you line up feeling crappy and grumpy and you just ride well, others you line up feeling crappy and grumpy and you ride crappy.

The biggest lesson of today was the organisation needed. For us both to race (and try and compete) at a Nationals with no helpers is extremely difficult. To race without your own jetwash (and try to compete) is very difficult. To try and do either without the help and goodwill of others is totally impossible!

So, this is the photo that sums up today. No view of the race, not warming up or relaxing knowing you have plenty of time for the start... nope, just fetchin' water :)

From Mallory Park National Cross Series Nov 2008

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Retrospective...

trumpet blowing. It's been a bit of a long week so no blogging... but it's always nice to be written up and photo'ed. Two Moseley's on the top step, happy days.

National Series this weekend. Please start rain dance :)

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Winter is...

here. Not only have I ridden three days in a row wearing 2 pairs of shorts, leg warmers, booties, thermal, cycling top, thermal jacket, winter gloves, skullcap, helmet and sunnies (it takes a lot longer to get out the door in winter!) but we've also seen the first snow!

From sugar loaf walk


From sugar loaf walk


Winter is also slippery... recce'd the COBCC reliability route today and had a little accidental lie down on one of the corners. No rain for a while + frosts + salt on the road + mud from the potato tractors = ripped bar tape and that horrible feeling as you wait to see if the car behind you will squash you or not.

See you tomorrow for the real thing? First group leaves 9:30 (18-20 mph), 2nd group (~17 mph) 9:35, 3rd group (~16 mph) 9:40am. 48 miles, tea and cakes afterwards. £3 with a quid to charity - starts and finishes here. I'll be there... will you? :)