Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Resurgence of Iron Mike

        Come on brain, think of something to write. OK. Come on legs, suck up the pain and keep spinning. Stay in touch with Iron Mike. Follow the track of his white tyres. Watch his cadence. He’s … Continue reading

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Mechanicals and Restored Faith in Human Nature

For the first time in living memory, The Wattmeister set off on a pre-Classics training ride from Muswell Hill without a chain splitting tool. The inevitable happened, the rear mech hanger sheared after 105 kms which necessitated a long walk … Continue reading

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Fartlek, Strava and Köttbullar

Inspired by today’s running training session undertaken by 2014 and 2015 solo female UK RAAM contestant Shusanah Pillinger, the essence of Muswell Hill Peloton’s rides can be defined by one word….Fartlek. This definition will no doubt cause some mirth among … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Laps

Romance is alive and well, but there is a time and place for everything. Some of Muswell Hill Peloton’s finest riders showed their dedication (to cycling) by turning up for the usual Saturday morning laps in Regents Park. Iron Mike, … Continue reading

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The New Beast of MHP (for the time being)

The strongest rouleur, the most explosive grimpeur, the world’s greatest cyclist is a goatherd in Mongolia, a shepherd in Namibia or perhaps is working in a Chinese paddy field. They have never even ridden a bicycle. So goes the apocryphal … Continue reading

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The Wattmeister’s Tips for Spring Classics and Semi-Classics

The races we are talking about are: Milan-San-Remo: Omloop het Nieuwsblad, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone, Liege-Bastogne-Liege. TW will try and avoid choosing the obvious contenders: For example: Cancellara, Boonen, Terpstra, Valverde, Sagan, Kwiatkowski, … Continue reading

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Fastest Washing Machine in the World

Approaching the end of a trying week including a hospitalised mother (happily now back at home) , electrocution, a broken boiler (in the coldest week), a blocked drain  and a washing machine that stopped washing….there has been some good news … Continue reading

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North Road Hardriders’ 25 mile TT

On this February day it is snowing in London, but through the medium of the internet, aficionados of professional bike racing can absorb the racers’ preparation for the big European events by watching live streaming of sun-drenched contests like The … Continue reading

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North Road Hardriders 25 Mile TT

On this February day it is snowing in London, but through the medium of the internet, aficionados of professional bike racing can absorb the racers’ preparation for the big European events by watching live streaming of sun-drenched contests like The … Continue reading

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More Plumbing Woes

Wattmeisterling 1 discovered a pool of water in the cellar last night, but assumed that it was the aftermath of father’s 4 hour turbo session at Functional Threshold Power (267 watts and rising). It turns out that the Vaillant boiler … Continue reading

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Muswell Hill Peloton Injury List Update

Muswell Hill Peloton will struggle to put a team together for the approaching Classics season due to an ever increasing roll call of injured riders. It looks as if the board will be obliged to splash out in the transfer … Continue reading

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Transfer of Power

Master of all things DIY, (but not including Di2 or hydraulics), The Wattmeister electrocuted himself yesterday while trying to ‘soup’ up the spin cycle of his washing machine. Subsequently, today,  in a routine power test in the gym, he put out … Continue reading

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