Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ignis Fatuus

Lush green leaves adorn the trees, sparkling white hawthorn blossoms cascade onto wispy cowslip bordering the pavements. Daisies, buttercups and a plethora of other flowers scatter and sprinkle colour like a magical Milky Way to herald the arrival of Spring. … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

By and large we are all strangers, are we not? Sometimes things go wrong and circumstances demand that we put ourselves at the mercy of someone unknown to us. In an earlier passage of his life, The Wattmeister inhabited a … Continue reading

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An Hour on the Wattbike

This is the description of a Wattbike lifted from their home page: The Wattbike was created with British Cycling to provide an affordable indoor bike for training and testing that is suitable for everyone from school children to Olympic Gold … Continue reading

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Sportsmanship Punished or Rules Adhered To?

The pan flat stage 10 of the Giro D’Italia was not destined to court such controversy. It was supposed to be a straightforward day for the sprinters. Firstly, a five man breakaway, all Italians, put paid to this scenario by … Continue reading

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Tandem Trike Trundle from Waltham Abbey to Taunton (and back)

The last couple of weekends have been spent riding Paris-Brest-Paris qualifiers. On May 9th/10th, the 400 km ride was ticked off. There followed a week of ‘Calorie Clawback’, before the 600 km ride on Saturday May 16th. Participants for the … Continue reading

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Self-Reliance, a 400 kms Ride and the “Morning After” Breakfast

Along with over 200 other riders, Doc, SavilleRowAlex, The Wattmeister and Muswell Hill Peloton guest, Benjo lined up for the start of the 414km Asparagus & Strawberries audax which departed from outside Manningtree Station at 09:00 a.m on Saturday 9th … Continue reading

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A Delicate Subject (please do not read if easily offended).

For many weeks now, a sports nutritionist has been working with The Wattmeister, (he doesn’t charge her), on dietary planning, with specific attention paid to weight gain and weight loss. The sessions are pertinent to cycling and particularly to The … Continue reading

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A Short Story About Paris-Brest-Paris

Back in 2003 The Wattmeister qualified for Paris-Brest-Paris on a converted mountain bike. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris%E2%80%93Brest%E2%80%93Paris Towards the finish of his 400 km qualifier, arse on fire and neck and shoulders tight as piano wire, he vowed “never again” to ride such … Continue reading

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Charge of the Carbon Brigade….Saturday Morning, Regents Park.

A confession: after last week’s abandoned Category 4 25 lap race around the mile long circuit of ¬†the Olympic Velopark, The Wattmeister had resigned himself to the idea that perhaps¬†his best days on the bike were behind him. After a … Continue reading

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Worldtour Team Kit….A Subjective View

The racing season is in full swing. TV and internet coverage is widespread. However, it is often difficult to identify the riders and their teams, especially when one reaches a certain stage in their lives. The old mince pies are … Continue reading

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