Monthly Archives: November 2015

Looking on the Bright Side

After disappointing weekend performances with Muswell Hill Peloton at Regents Park on Saturday morning, and again on the Sunday club ride, The Wattmeister is in reflective mood. He knows that it is impossible to ride at the peak of one’s … Continue reading

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Lordy, Lordy

The lord in question being Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon who today claimed that cyclists pose more of a danger to “commuters” than “trucks or cars”. Here’s the link: there’s more out than in On the same morning that Lord Ahmad made … Continue reading

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Rolling Strong

Sunday 22nd November. We have been made to wait longer than usual for our first proper Sunday winter ride. The overnight temperature in London averaged minus 1 degree Celsius, a massive drop of 13 degrees over the preceding Sunday. Over … Continue reading

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Who’s the Boss?

“Who’s the boss in this house?!”…. cries The Wattmeister glancing forlornly towards The Wattmutt for support. “If you have to ask…..”, retorts The Wattmeisterin. But, it’s a quadruple double bluff from the canny old Wattmeister, now she really thinks she’s … Continue reading

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My First ‘Proper’ Bike

The most influential moment in sport for the younger Wattmeister came on July 22nd 1987, the day of  the 21st stage of that year’s Tour de France. The mountainous course of 185 kms from Le Bourg d’Oisans to the ski … Continue reading

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Hunting with The Wattmutt

After watching last night’s episode of The Hunt, a beautifully filmed BBC TV series documenting the extraordinary techniques used by predators to capture their prey, The Wattmeister was keen to record the Wattmutt’s modus operandi in tracking squirrels. In stark … Continue reading

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Pat Eddery… RIP

Just days after Lester Piggott celebrated his 80th birthday, one of his greatest rivals, Pat Eddery, passed away at the untimely age of 63. If Piggott became the greatest jockey, then it was in no small measure due to the … Continue reading

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Physiological Data Revealed

After an early season victory in the Redbourn Randonnée, swiftly followed up with a storming performance in The Green and Yellow Fields 300 kms Audax (mostly into a headwind),  The Wattmeister became the subject of close scrutiny courtesy of WADA … Continue reading

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Old Stoneface…..Lester Piggott

Years ago, long before The Wattmeister was even a little Wattmeister, Lester Piggott had won his first horserace as a jockey at the tender age of 12 on a horse called “The Chase” at Haydock Park. In 1970, by the … Continue reading

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The Door Zone

When cycle commuting in town, The Wattmeister is one of Nature’s cautious beasts rarely putting out a significant amount of watts….(keep your mouth shut please Slayer). Always on the lookout for potholes, drain covers and shiny loose change, he avoids … Continue reading

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