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View from Back of Bus 271

The 271 to Highgate Village stops just past Camden Road. “The driver has been requested to wait briefly to maintain an equal distance between the bus in front….thank you”…announces the voice of London buses, Emma Hignett. The Wattmeister gazes out … Continue reading

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The Builders

For many years, the front garden wall of a local house bulged and curved rakishly towards the pavement….perhaps it prevented the whole house from tumbling down the slope. Then The Builders were commissioned to rectify the problem. The affable pair … Continue reading

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LEL 2017, Day 5, Louth to Loughton, 250 kms

Having been reunited with Ben and Alex, we set about showering, eating and kitting ourselves out in spanking clean, DRY clobber from the drop bags before taking 4 hours sleep. The control kitchen at Louth had got its act together compared … Continue reading

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LEL 2017, Day 4, Brampton to Louth 314 kms

Brampton 04:30 a.m. Ran the gauntlet of damp, smelly shoes and prone bodies between the building entrance and the canteen. Semi-conscious riders were attempting to re-distribute kit. Everything happening in slow motion. Another cracking breakfast was served up by the … Continue reading

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LEL 2017, Day 3, Brampton to Brampton 302 kms

It IS possible to function on just 4 hours of solid sleep. The volunteers at Brampton had constructed a good system for allocating (air)beds and for waking  riders at allotted times. We, perhaps 200 of us, shared the school hall. There … Continue reading

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LEL 2017, Day 2 Louth to Brampton 312 kms.

And so, cleaner, dryer but alas hungrier than the previous night…the control kitchen had spectacularly failed on food provision… Baking Ben, Saville Row Alex and The Wattmeister set off for Pocklington, control town number 4 in the Vale of York. … Continue reading

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LEL 2017 Day 1.

There are no winners…but instead, everyone is a winner. Audax is not a race. Some guys and girls ride a bit faster and some are better organised…the challenge is to get to the finish within the time limit. Having said … Continue reading

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London-Edinburgh-London 2017…setting the scene

LEL 2017 can only take place due to the phenomenal efforts of the organisers and volunteers who make it happen. To them, we the riders, are indebted for their time, patience and support. Thank you one and all. The Muswell … Continue reading

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It’s Not About the Bike

Thursday 3rd August. It is about 8 in the morning. The rolling hills of north west Lincolnshire…yes, hills…have been replaced by the broad expanse of the Fens for which the county is best known. The landscape offers no cover from … Continue reading

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Respecting the Jersey

There has been much debate over recent ‘transgressions’ in the pro peloton. Who can forget Tom Dumoulin’s unfortunate episode in the Giro d’Italia? He needed a shit and it looked like his rivals took advantage of the situation by riding … Continue reading

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Muswell Hill Peloton Q&A

Doc is one of MHP’s founding fathers. His palmarés is extensive having participated in some of the world’s most gruelling cycle sportives and lived to tell the tale in his own inimitable style. Cycling is not his only forte, he was … Continue reading

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The Swank of the Crank

“Look at my shiny teeth”, announced The Big Ring to no one in particular, “all 53 of them…I’m so strong”. The Little Ring let out a barely audible creak. He was bolted to The Big Ring, on the inside, always … Continue reading

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