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Triathlon preview: Challenge Paguera, Majorca October 17, 2015, Notebook

Triathlon preview: Challenge Paguera, Majorca October 17, 2015

Majorca’s been a sporting playground of mine for some years. I am far from alone in that. The cycling opportunities it offers draw thousands of people, not least many a pro cycling team, for whom the island is perfect for winter training – superb roads, beautiful mountains, minimal traffic.
The way Majorca has embraced amateur athletes [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 1 September 2015 at 5:31 pm

Her Outdoors: The best allotment in Britain, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: The best allotment in Britain

Back in February I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges in the first year of Britain’s Best Allotment competition, sponsored by Hippo. Anyone who has an allotment will know how much work it takes to keep a plot ticking over with veg and fruit throughout the season, as well as [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 30 August 2015 at 8:53 am

India and Pakistan’s abandoned talks show how little can be achieved, The Foreign Desk

India and Pakistan’s abandoned talks show how little can be achieved

There is no prospect of India and Pakistan coming to terms and settling their border differences in the foreseeable future, certainly not in the lifetime of the two countries’ present governments and probably not for much longer. Efforts to improve the relationship in other ways will also be precarious and uncertain.
That has been clear for [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 28 August 2015 at 8:29 am

The Haute Route: the final stage, Notebook

The Haute Route: the final stage

Seven days ago, after the first stage of the Haute Route Pyrenees, I had doubts that I would be one of the 300 strong peloton riding into the finish point of Toulouse. Just shows what enormous amounts of painkillers, compression tights and chamois cream can do to get you through 800km and up 20 mountain [...]

By | Notebook | Saturday, 22 August 2015 at 5:27 am

The Haute Route: Day 6 and only 1 day left, Notebook

The Haute Route: Day 6 and only 1 day left

For me there’s a  mixture of relief and great sadness that tomorrow is the final day of The Haute Route Pyrenees, 2015. My legs and behind are overjoyed but my heart is heavy and I can’t imagine there’s a single rider who hasn’t had a fantastic week or experienced extremes of emotions who would disagree. [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 20 August 2015 at 9:59 pm

The Haute Route: Day 5 ‘The Time Trial’, Notebook

The Haute Route: Day 5 ‘The Time Trial’

I guess riding the Haute Route – seven consecutive days in the Pyrenees, 800km on the road, with some 20,000m of climbing – is like pretending to be in the Tour de France. A great adventure unfolds, day after day. It’s a journey in a way that a one-day sportive can never be.
Today – Day [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 19 August 2015 at 6:38 pm

Haute Route – Day 4 & it’s not all about the bike, Notebook

Haute Route – Day 4 & it’s not all about the bike

Day 4 of the Haute Route is over. With three days left, we’re past the halfway mark. It feels like quite a moment. Since Saturday morning I’ve cycled 512 kilometres and climbed 12,250 metres. There’s ‘only’ 290 kilometres and just over 6,000 metres of climbing left. It’s been the most intensive few days of my [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 18 August 2015 at 7:21 pm

Haute Route – Day 3 “The Descent’, Notebook

Haute Route – Day 3 “The Descent’

I’ve banged on a lot about how gruelling the Haute Route is. I make no excuses for that because it’s a challenge that has taken me so far out of my comfort zone you would not believe. I think that might be true of quite a few of the 400 or so others who embarked [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 17 August 2015 at 7:20 pm

Haute Route – The Lanterne Rouge, Notebook

Haute Route – The Lanterne Rouge

Back in the 1970s there was an art-house movie called The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty. Here at the Haute Route, with Day 2 now safely behind me, I’ve been thinking about The Cyclist’s Fear of the Lanterne Rouge.

In the Tour de France, ‘Lanterne Rouge’ – or ‘red lamp’ – is the name given to [...]

By | Notebook | Sunday, 16 August 2015 at 9:02 pm

Corbyn worst placed to beat Tories – poll, Eagle Eye

Corbyn worst placed to beat Tories – poll

Jeremy Corbyn scores the worst of the four Labour leadership candidates when voters are asked if they would improve or worsen the party’s chances of winning the next general election, according to a ComRes opinion poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
The poll finds 31 per cent of voters think that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 August 2015 at 7:04 pm

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