WVW on his way to Edinburgh and back!
Why do you ride your bike?
Favourite place to ride?
Up or down mountains?
The Devil’s Beef Tub, out of Moffat and towards Edinburgh. It’s a beautiful climb, especially when I rode it which was as dawn was breaking. I started out in pitch black, with only other cyclist’s lights strung out across the mountain showing the climb ahead, and the dawn slowly revealed the amazing Scottish landscape.
What song/tune/music goes through your head when riding?
Best moments on a bike?
When the ride suggestion was for a fifty mile loop round Hertfordshire, I had no idea what I was in for. There were two groups going and I optimistically went with the later fast group, who would be chasing the earlier, slower group.
Ollie and Ben were my only companions. We started out going up Swain’s Lane and I immediately put myself into the red. I was just trying to keep up with Ollie and Ben as they chatted away up the severe climb. When we got to the top I felt like throwing up but they drilled it down the road.
I assumed that there would be some point where I could recover. But no. Ollie and Ben were intent on catching the slow group.
Twenty miles in, I was wondering if my heart would explode when Ben shouted “Team Time Trial”. Ollie and Ben upped the pace and I realised that they hadn’t even been trying that hard while I was dying in the back. I tried to keep up but after a couple of seconds they were disappearing down the road.
They kindly waited for me at each junction, and then we caught the slow group at the top of the next hill. They’d been delayed repairing a puncture (for over 30 minutes). I’ve never been so happy to see anyone in my life.
WVW, first from the left, is also the happiest man in the world
How long does it take you to change a flat?
Advice to a new cyclist
Steel, Carbon or Ti?
Grand Tours or Classics?
Gels or Potatoes?
Headwind or rain?
Arriba, WVW and Captain Brutalis keeping the winter at bay
I wish I had been told that…
What’s it like being a Baroudeur?
Leading the way with WVW
1 advice to someone wanting to join the Baroudeurs?
Where do you want to take your cycling?