Hang on.

Since breaking my spine and the brain damage and things I’ve not been able to work and this brings a new pressure to my life that I’ve only experienced a twice before, I live in poverty. I’m broke, when I say broke I don’t mean I’m down to my last £10, right now I can’t…

Why Women Run

Somewhere there’s a chap behind a desk in a bike business wondering why women won’t buy the premium rate bikes in the same way men do and I don’t understand how he doesn’t understand. It’s not that women won’t ride, I dare say at some point in the 10 years the short journey market will…

My favourite Metric

The power meter market is growing as more of us take up the tech to improve our riding data capture and understanding of how we ride. I’ve used both single sided Stages which give a very basic wattage output and the common misconception is that this relates to your strength on a bike, it doesn’t,…

Chris Froome.

  As always with the tour conversation will always go to doping, there’s no way for one second that I think Contador at his age can be that competitive when all the science dictates that he should be on the decline, and that guy from Drapac, that used to be Garmin slipstream that dopey David…

Special Liez. Calling bullshit.

This is quite a painful rant to write as I turn my back on Specialized, anyone who’s read this blog know how much I love their bikes, how much I bought into their Rider First Engineering and how much I value their investment in things like ReTul and their support of cycling but now it…

I want to be a Grimpeur

The effects of not riding on my fitness are tragic, I’m sure there must be long term respiratory suppressant effect to the amount of pain medication I’ve been taking, my body feels lazy and on the trainer that estimated 20 min delay in your cardio system to catch up with the work of your biomechanical…

Week 3

So I’ve switched from days to weeks because this is quickly turning into a week in review. This week was supposed to be another rant about Rapha and how don’t seem to acknowledge the variance in women who ride and their piss poor female customer engagement. However. I’ve just had a spanking ride, it wasn’t…

Week 2

Being in my mid 40s with a history of drug addiction and smoking I have to accept that I can only get my body to perform one sporting at any one time. I can’t for example train towards doing an hour record while also keeping my body in a condition where I could do a…

Week 1

I had my first ride on the roads on the second of June, Strava recorded it as 86% at zone one, it was really wonderful to be outside in the early morning air, one of the joys of getting up at 0400 is the roads are really quiet and Richmond Park isn’t open to cars,…

Counting the cost

Since my crash the NHS has been amazing, if you’re in the US you might find it odd, personally I find it just as odd that you have to pay extra for your care, the NHS is brilliant and I find myself wondering how much would have my care cost in the US. I see…

The reason it’s over.

Since my brain damage I’ve been struggling with other aspects of my mental wellbeing and I’m in therapy to help try and find a coping mechanism to help me manage my reaction to having my Phd knocked out of my head and the issues around my feeling worthless, and it’s truly that. I’m no longer…

More on my brain damage

Weeks after spine surgery and my physical recovery is rather remarkable, my brain damage on the other hand is kicking my arse all over South London. When I was at school I was picked on and bullied so in reaction to that I threw myself into my education, I was that “never missed a day”…