The consistent and the insistent: Thom Browne, Hood by Air, Diane von Furstenberg and Altuzarra, in New York
The inconsistency of New York infuriates some. I find it quite energising. It’s difficult to write off any designer on the New York schedule – you never know when they’re going to pull it out of the bag. Of course, there are a few constants. Shayne Oliver, a relatively recent addition, will challenge convention; the sickly cyclamen and Buck’s Fizz yellow kaftans of Diane von Furstenberg will not.
September brings a sense of freedom to the plot. I went down to Plot 35a after yet another downpour, when the grass was still glistening wet but the sun had been out long enough to dry the rain off the grapes, which are starting to turn from green to purple. Growth is starting to slow, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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