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The Great Kibbeling Review

This is going to go down a treat. Kibbeling and frites is a very popular snack in Holland. Sold from a variety of establishments…. from kiosks on seafront promenades and seafood stalls in the local market to michelin starred restaurants … Continue reading

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Exquisite French Climbs…Part 4

So, here is a nice story. Thirty odd years ago, when The Wattmeister was 10 kgs heavier than he is now, his mate Guido was training for the 264 kms Liege-Bastogne-Liege cyclosportive, which, on the homeward leg, takes in brutally … Continue reading

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Madeira Cake Anomaly

Quote from Dan Martin at the end of the mountainous 19th stage of the Tour de France from Lourdes to Laruns, “…you saw a lot of tired men trying to race their bikes…” Well, spare a thought for the equally … Continue reading

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The Green Flytipper

Close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine a quintessential English country lane in summer. For the Wattmeister, this wayfare might be  bordered by a tapestry of colourful wild flowers, perhaps lined for some of its length by lush … Continue reading

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Tour de France Preview

Following the resolution of Froome’s Salbutamol anomaly and the subsequent release of performance data by Team Sky relating to stages 11 and 19 of the Giro, the show goes on. It is a big ask for Froome to peak again … Continue reading

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Kees and Theo, Club TC de Tol

So here we are, in Leidschendam, a suburb close to the centre of the Hague. By close, I mean a safe twenty minute commute in normal clothes … with minimal risk of being crushed by a skip lorry, disappearing down … Continue reading

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The Cinglés of Mont Ventoux

Nothing can arrest the tranquil turbulence of passing seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years. Suddenly you are 60 years old, or maybe 59 and 3/4, the departure lounge beckons, but is hopefully situated far far away, at the end … Continue reading

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Highlands Day 4

After three days of quite magnificent weather, including temperatures of 22 degrees celsius, the final day of the Senior’s Tour saw a collapse in all things climate related. The rain beat down on the roof of our accommodation in Ullapool, … Continue reading

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Highlands Day 3

For the second successive day, we set off westwards on the A839 from Pittentrail up the gentle 13 km climb towards Lairg. The Fleet Valley is dotted with settlements some of which can only be reached by fearsome looking steep … Continue reading

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Highlands Day 2

After dropping off the barren expanse of Loch Buidhe plateau, briefly rejoin the A9 opposite Loch Fleet nature reserve and next to the OTTERS CROSSING sign. Head north for 800 metres and take a left turn to Rogart. Book ahead … Continue reading

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The Scottish Highlands

What are the Highlands and where do they begin (and end)? Here is one way to find out. Day 1. If you are traveling with bikes from the deep south, take the Caledonian sleeper train from Euston to Inverness. In … Continue reading

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Useless Knowledge.

Sometimes you just know stuff. It is difficult to determine the provenance of this knowledge, or why it sticks like a limpet to the hippocampus….(thanks Wiki), while other stuff drifts away, lost in an infinite universe never to be remembered … Continue reading

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