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Kingston Wheelers Wye Wander 600 (+16)

The final qualifying ride for Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 616kms. For the Muswell Hill Peloton squad, a fickle bunch of timewasters, this was going to be a tough ride due to the fact that 3 out of the 4 riders insisted on … Continue reading

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Back to the Smoke 412 kms

As coordinator of Muswell Hill Peloton’s crack Paris-Brest-Paris squad, The Wattmeister was attracted to this ride by the title, which suggests getting away from the increasingly tedious Smoke, and the fact that it was a linear 400 km ride. Accompanied … Continue reading

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Downsizing

“Look at all these bikes. You can only ride one at a time! Why have you got so many wheels? You haven’t got a tricycle! Have you?….I’m sorry I said that, don’t get any ideas!” The Wattmeisterin is paying The … 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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Missing a Syllable?

Many years ago, en route to Epsom racecourse in the company of “Bubbles”, “Peanuts” and Arthur Foot, we were in the process of discussing early moves in the betting market….following the money….often emanating from the trainer’s stables. Luca Cumani was … 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 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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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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Five Easy Fixes

When cycling, especially over long distances, mechanical misfortune can strike at any time. It is always good to be prepared, but of course it is just not possible to be prepared for all eventualities. Here are five of The Wattmeister’s favourite (patented) … Continue reading

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Epistolary correspondence

From time to time riders of the Muswell Hill Peloton turn to The Wattmeister for advice, counselling and occasionally the loan of a few watts. Often this correspondence takes place via e-mail. For example, after a particular tough Sunday ride, … Continue reading

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