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Tour 2011, Day 4

From Helmsdale, we set off in the car- destination Pitlochry. This was Plan C, in which we stay three nights, for four rides in Perthshire. This was a rather dull drive down the A9, though broken by a supermarket visit… Continue reading →

Tour 2011, Day 3

We sat in the B&B breakfast room looking out at the weather blasting in from the sea – howling wind and lashing rain. Having a broken tandem suddenly seemed not so bad… After our excellent breakfast (the best so far… Continue reading →

Tour 2011, Day 2

Today was a day with many climbs, starting from Lochinver, with the eventual destination being Durness. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out according to plan. We began in lightly drizzling spells, though with light winds. As the day went on, it… Continue reading →

Tour 2011, Day 1

Just a brief note. We left Ullapool along the A835 – some definite climbs – before turning off on an unclassified road to Achiltibuie. Lovely road, stopped to brew up a cuppa on our trusty Trangia. Pressed on to Achilibuie,… Continue reading →

Astwood '10' 11/5/11

At least the forecast showers held off for this evening’s time trial, though blustery wind remained to try my patience.  A good turnout of about 19 riders produced some fine rides, with a bit of a gulf between Tim and… Continue reading →

Norlond '30' 8/5/11

Well, all the weather forecasts for this morning were diabolical – heavy rain and strong southerly winds were forecast.  I’d decided that there was no way I was going to race on a major dual carriageway in heavy rain, so… Continue reading →

Bossard Wheelers '10' 7/5/11

After the NBRC club time trial on Wednesday, when I felt my form was beginning to return, I was rather looking to this event to reaffirm this judgement.  By Friday, however, I was rather annoyed to see the weather forecast… Continue reading →

Stoke Hammond '10' 4/5/11

This was a beautifully sunny evening for a time trial – good visibility, and it brought out a rather larger field I think than in recent events.  Unfortunately a stiff breeze rather meant it was tough going in some parts… Continue reading →

Astwood '10' 20th April 2011 – nice weather for a puncture!

This was a glorious evening for a time trial: clear, sunny and warm with a light breeze.  The ride up to Astwood from work was really quite pleasant, and I lined up to start with a rare bit of enthusiasm… Continue reading →

Ubuntu 11.04 – I've ditched Unity (for now)

I’ve been playing around with the beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu Linux. 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).  What’s of interest to me is the much talked about (and quite controversial) change to the default Gnome desktop introduced in this release.  Canonical… Continue reading →

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