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The Willy Warmer 2019

Named mischievously for the bike club, Willesden CC, which organises this 200 km audax ride, for many aspirants it heralds the start of the 2019 Paris-Brest-Paris qualification series. The Wattmeister was accompanied on this auspicious adventure by the redoubtable  Bethan Lloyd, … Continue reading

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Cycling Facts

This is a public service announcement on behalf of humanity……courtesy of the Dutch Government website……thank you to them for a clear explanation of why it is so good to cycle and to invest in cycling. Health Cycling helps to reduce … Continue reading

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Drawing a Parallel

The double jeopardy rule, whereby a defendant could not be tried more than once for the same crime, was reformed under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act of 1996, and further amended under the Criminal Justice Act 0f 2003. Thus, … Continue reading

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The Rulebook of Muswell Hill Peloton.

Where to begin? That is the question. The definition of a rulebook goes something along the lines of : a book containing the official rules/ standard of behaviour for a profession, organisation or activity. Muswell Hill Peloton could be loosely … Continue reading

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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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