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Awesome week away with couturetri. Running, Bodmin Moor sportive, Eden Project, Evening OW swimming in Readymoney Cove, Mousehole Harbour & Minack theater among many other mini adventures.

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Another awesome day out with Joules to see stage three of the Tour de France (in London!). We chilled out at the fan park in Green Park before heading over to the Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace and 500m from the finish. Everywhere packed with people, despite the rain which had started to fall.

The commentators told us that the final breakaway rider had been caught with a few km to go, meaning that we knew it would be a sprint finish for the win and soon the buzz of helicopters could be heard overhead, meaning the riders were near. After a few more motorbikes and cars, the riders came through. Giant-Shimano were on the front, setting Kittel up for the win, followed by other sprinter and GC teams. Smaller groups of riders quickly followed but almost as fast as they had arrived, they had gone…

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couturetri:

Cycle challenge with occasionalclimber

Herts cycle challenge is a charity sportive for rennie grove hospice care, they provide an amazing service for people suffering from debilitating or terminal conditions.

Lovely ride this morning, all for a good cause. It seems someone got a little bored though and went for the photobomb opportunity!

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'Behave, or else…!'

'Behave, or else…!'

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Awesome coffee ride with my girlfriend couturetri.

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couturetri:

Amazing ride with occasionalclimber, bit of sprinting and banter on bikes!

Lovely to be making new memories at old haunts with couturetri
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Hey funnyrunner, no bagels available unfortunately, though as I learned on The Fellsman, once you start walking in an ultra, you should treat it as a mobile picnic. There were feed stations every 10 miles where I could stuff the pockets of my race pack. The best point was when a flapjack had been ground into a piece of banana whilst in my pack, creating an bananary-oaty mix…hardly fine dining but made for something slightly different to cheer me up :)

Hey funnyrunner, no bagels available unfortunately, though as I learned on The Fellsman, once you start walking in an ultra, you should treat it as a mobile picnic. There were feed stations every 10 miles where I could stuff the pockets of my race pack. The best point was when a flapjack had been ground into a piece of banana whilst in my pack, creating an bananary-oaty mix…hardly fine dining but made for something slightly different to cheer me up :)

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Just back from running (and walking) The Wall Ultramarathon, 69 miles covered in 24hrs 15min.
Race report is to come but the headline & strapline is: 
occasionalclimber had a great time for the first 25 miles before irremovable cramp set in, drastically reducing his pace.
He vows never to do another ultra, but we all know he says that after every ultra…

Just back from running (and walking) The Wall Ultramarathon, 69 miles covered in 24hrs 15min.

Race report is to come but the headline & strapline is:

occasionalclimber had a great time for the first 25 miles before irremovable cramp set in, drastically reducing his pace.

He vows never to do another ultra, but we all know he says that after every ultra…

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Hanging out with two of my favorite people, my gorgeous girlfriend couturetri and Sage Cat (OK, Sage Cat might not be a person, but I like him a lot more than many people I know). Now, where is the wine?

Hanging out with two of my favorite people, my gorgeous girlfriend couturetri and Sage Cat (OK, Sage Cat might not be a person, but I like him a lot more than many people I know). Now, where is the wine?

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Dragon Ride 2014

Me and two friends took on the Dragon Ride Medio Fondo route the weekend before last, as our first sportive ride. 153km in distance and 2000m of climbing (I know, big woo to all you Ironmen out there, the bike was a bit short and where was the swim and the run? ;) ), making for an interesting, but not too onerous day in the saddle.

Set off in small waves of riders, we quickly headed into the Brecon Beacons National Park, meaning our day was filled with wide views of the countryside. The route was rarely flat, with the climbs long and steady, leading to fast descents on sweeping roads.

Feed stations appeared at fairly regular intervals, where we stocked up on water, bananas and jam tarts, with one even sending us into the local pub for ‘water’.

All told, it was a great day out and a ride I’ll certainly do again, though next year might be the year to get fit and organised so that I can do the Grand Fondo route…?