It’s been a while since I updated this blog. After the 2017 season finished, I began my usual winter training programme – after a short break I started a build up towards the New Year’s Day ’10’. Unfortunately a series of events significantly more important than training impacted on me, and my training suffered, and I did not ride the New Year’s Day ’10’ for the first time in many years.

I’d been looking forward to the opening event of the North Bucks Road Club time trial series. This was a Saturday morning event to which we’d hoped to attract newcomers. Unfortunately we have had a modest snowfall, and the event got cancelled. So, not much of a blog entry. Perhaps there will be a bit more action next weekend!

In the meantime I discovered that the left hand Speedplay pedal on my main time trial bike (which hasn’t been ridden since the Duo Normand) has pretty much seized up. I’ve tried injecting copious grease but that doesn’t seem to have sorted the situation, which is sufficiently serious that I have taken the extraordinary steps of resorting to eBay to buy a set of replacement bearings. Hopefully they will arrive in time to overhaul the pedals before next weekend’s time trial (which is the first open event of 2018 for me –  a 25 mile 2-up).