Tag: Col de Vence

One from the vaults: Double jeopardy

Today, we’re heading way back into 2011 when I was battling a few extra kilos to reach my optimal riding weight, since attained and maintained. Was this really 11 years ago? Our Indian summer is continuing and, despite still not feeling 100%, it was… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Double jeopardy”

One from the vaults: A twosome no more

This week we’re heading back to May 2009, a month that;s typically full of local cycling sportives, though not for the past two years. It’s a time when I cast off my 3/4 bib shorts and wear a short-sleeved jersey, sometimes with a wind-proof… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: A twosome no more”

One from the vaults: You shall go to the ball

We’re heading to September 2012 with this one and my favourite training ground, Col de Vence. Despite adding more years to the clock, I’ve finally mastered this climb and more recently turned in my best time ever! Ever since I found out about the… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: You shall go to the ball”

One from the vaults: Altitude attitude

Another one from the early days, July 2011, and as Greg Lemond (three times Tour de France winner and twice UCI Road Race world champion) famously said: It never gets easier, you just go faster Whenever I watch professional bike racers I marvel at… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Altitude attitude”

One from the vaults: Down and almost out

Here’s a real oldie from March 2011 detailing my training on the roads near where I live and my main training hill, Col de Vence. I’ve since managed to reduce the time it takes me to ascend this challenge but I’m never going to… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Down and almost out”


You may recall that my goal for this summer was to better my fastest ever ascent of Col de Vence. I achieved that last Saturday though conversely I also posted my slowest descent. Before you congratulate me I should confess that I was in… Continue Reading “Imprisoned”

Get with the programme

Sunday, after the departure of my beloved on a 10-day trip to Thailand and Malaysia, I decided to bite the bullet. I needed a long, tiring ride. I set off in the company of two of my girlfriends who were riding part of the… Continue Reading “Get with the programme”

New term

Things are starting to wind down as holidays come to an end and the kids go back to school next week. The DomaineĀ resembles less and less a single-storey car park though I have to applaud the inventiveness of some car owners as to how… Continue Reading “New term”

Back on track

We all need goals and I’m not talking football here. I’mĀ  saying we all need something to aim for whether at work or play. I’ve been a bit slack the past year or so with not having any major cycling event as an objective.… Continue Reading “Back on track”

So much to do, so little time

I know, I know it’s been a while since I last posted anything but in my defence I have been quite busy. With under three weeks to go until La Kivilev, things are gathering pace. I must confess that I’m going to breathe a… Continue Reading “So much to do, so little time”