Monthly Archives: July 2016

Top 5 Cycling Books (for the holidays)

The Tour de France has finished. A new season of University Challenge has begun. It helps to fill the void until the Vuelta a Espana begins on 20th August. In the meantime, The Wattmeister has compiled a list of his … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts

The Wattmeisterin tries unsuccessfully to induct her illustrious (and computer illiterate) husband into the world of online gaming. “You can’t just sit there! ” she exclaims concernedly. “I’m thinking, always thinking”, replies The Wattmeister. “What about?” “I am computing gear … Continue reading

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The Slug and Gherkin

This short story has been lifted from Wattmeisterling Numero Uno’s Twitter feed. Bad news never seems far away at the moment, but The Wattmeister is pleased to announce that his firstborn exhibits compassion and empathy for all living creatures, with … Continue reading

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Regents Park

The Wattmeister’s weakness for neat Prosecco surfaced again. He drank a lot on Friday evening, went to bed late and woke up earlier than is right. Pulled on his ‘deckchair print’ lycra, did the double, squeezed in a quick espresso … Continue reading

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Tour de France Diary, Stage 17.

Last week, a group of intrepid rouleurs from Muswell Hill Peloton rode most of the gruelling stage up to Finhaut-Emosson dam. Their conclusion was unanimous, the final climb of 10.4 kms at 8.5% was a ripper. Yesterday, alas, the honours … Continue reading

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Tour de France Diary, Stage 16 & Rest Day.

While The Wattmeister slumbered, forces beyond his control were moving The Wattmobile to a secure holding pen for examination, apparently the result of a ‘tip off’ from a disgruntled rival. This inconvenience meant that not only could he not watch … Continue reading

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Tour de France Diary, Stages 14 & 15.

Saturday’s stage saw another thumping sprint victory for Mark Cavendish. It seemed for a moment that he was going so fast he almost lost control of the bike as it swerved in front of a frustrated Marcus Kittel. The Wattmeister … Continue reading

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Tour de France Diary, Stage 13.

There’s not really too much to say about yesterday’s individual Time Trial. The strong cross winds favoured the big men, and winner of the stage, Dutchman ‘Long’ Tom Dumoulin is one of that species. A couple of years ago, in … Continue reading

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Tour de France Diary, Stage 12.

With the stage shortened due to forecast high winds at the summit, the drama which unfolded on the slopes of Mont Ventoux yesterday is best watched: Froome forced to run . There had already been a spill on the descent of the … Continue reading

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Tour de France Diary, Stage 11.

We expected to see the sprint contenders launch themselves from the careening chimera of the peloton, emerging from a blurry heat haze and sprinting into sharp focus. We got something different, a throwback if you like, to the ‘old days’ … Continue reading

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Tour de France Diary, Stage 10.

What day is it? Never mind, after yesterday’s rest day, The Wattmeister was looking forward to today’s stage. He traditionally responds well to a recovery day, and consequently found himself (in a virtual sense) in the break  with Greg van … Continue reading

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Tour de France Diary, Stage 9.

Apocalyptic, menacing, adverse, challenging….these are some adjectives used to describe the weather on the road to yesterday’s mountaintop finish at Andorra Arcalis. A select group of saturated GC contenders rode over the line together, some six minutes behind Dutchman Tom Dumoulin. … Continue reading

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