Sir William Hill Climb

Attempting to kill myself for a good cause...

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B Group Ride

Yesterday, I knew the group ride was going to be depleted as Phil was at Center Parcs with family and Barry was at a bike jumble in Manchester. But as it happened, neither Les nor Steve turned up either. No problem, the rest of us rode with the Fusion CC B group. It was also […]

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JE James Cycles Evening Ride

Yesterday evening’s ride set off at 6.15pm from the car park at J E James Cycles Chesterfield store which is only a mile, all downhill from my house, which is quite handy 🙂 It was a 30 mile circular route that took in Chesterfield, Bolsover, Clowne, Barlborough, Eckington, Staveley and Brimington. At the Carr Lane […]

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The Castelli Cafe Kids

OK, it’s stretching it a bit to suggest Barry and I are kids, but I liked the alliteration 🙂 Last night Barry saw my new Facebook profile picture of me resplendent in my (not) Castelli jersey and bib shorts and messaged me to suggest we both wear the same kit for this morning’s ride – […]

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Castelli Base Layer Review

I’ve always envied (in a good way) the Castelli range of cycle clothing for the quality and style, and because of the logo, which is a scorpion on a circular red background – I’m a Scorpio 🙂 When I bought this item last week I wasn’t particularly fixated on Castelli, but I’d noticed at cafe […]

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Giant Lincoln Cafe Stop

I was called out to work in Lincoln today between 12 and 3pm and as I couldn’t get hold of a friend to pop round for a chat afterwards, I decided to call in on Giant Lincoln – www.giant-lincoln.co.uk at Doddington Hall. I’d only discovered their facebook page last week, so they were on my […]

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Heading Out East

I can’t say I’m a regular on the JE James Cycles ride as I go out for morning rides with my friends on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and the JE James Thursday evening ride (from the JE James’ Chesterfield Cycle store @6.15pm) tends to be slower than my usual pace. Having said that, the […]

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Too Hot to Handle

Time to play catch up with my blog – amongst other things my Fuji X30 camera packed up and I hate posting without photos. It’s being repaired and hopefully won’t be too long before I can carry a camera with me on the bike again – I don’t do mobile phone photography. In the meantime […]

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Over the Strines (twice)

Yet another bright, sunny but oh so chilly morning beckoned for the midweek ride, today. My camera stopped working after last week’s ride but Barry came up trumps, taking a photo of me outside The Spotty Cafe (so nick-named after it was re-painted for the Tour de France in 2014). No young Alex this week, […]

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Midweek Fusion CC Ride

Unlike the Fusion CC Sunday Rides with the A group, the midweek rides are comprised of either retired or self-employed people who can get the time off, and the pace is a couple of miles per hour slower. And, trust me, that’s a huge difference. For me, it’s the difference between nailing myself to the […]

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First Ride with Fusion CC in a Long Time

Today was the first time since accident no.2 that I’d ridden with Fusion CC. And it was a good job I checked the website as the meeting point had been moved further up the road to The Rutland Arms at Holmesfield, which is where the midweek runs depart from. It’s always a struggle getting up […]

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Bank Holiday Monday Bike Ride with Derek

It was Derek who got me back into cycling in 2013 with an invite to join Fusion CC based out of Dronfield, and throughout my membership he was a regular on the Sunday club runs and the Tuesday chain gang rides, which he described as “cycling at a vomit-inducing pace”, he wasn’t far wrong. After […]

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Accident No. 2

After a two year break from my blog I feel I owe an explanation to any readers who may come across my resumed musings, or indeed anyone who picks up where where I left off. Two years is a long time. But before I get to the subject of this post I thought there may […]

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Let the Physio Begin – The Accident – Part 10

Monday 29th December I turned up at the Physiotherapy department about midday, with the form Orthaepedics had given me at the last appointment. The receptionist took one look at it and in an all-too-common ‘officious receptionist’ voice, told me I should have brought the form to them immediately after my orthaepedic appointment on 22nd December. I […]

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Good News Bad News – The Accident – Part 9

Sunday 14th December The previous day I’d taken my morning and evening doses of Rifamycin (600Mg)  and the regular doses of Clindamycin. My stomach was still feeling iffy, but nothing dramatic. Sunday morning I downed my pills, but during the course of the day I started to feel gradually worse. By the evening when I […]

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