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Alpinist is the sort of magazine you want to enjoy slowly, always with good coffee…
…the writing is sublime, right down to the message they print onto the spine. My favorite has as always been ‘Hope Dies Last’, whether out on a hill or in a race, hope is important. Don’t confuse training for race day hope though.

Alpinist is the sort of magazine you want to enjoy slowly, always with good coffee…

…the writing is sublime, right down to the message they print onto the spine. My favorite has as always been ‘Hope Dies Last’, whether out on a hill or in a race, hope is important. Don’t confuse training for race day hope though.

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Evening ride - Harvest time

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"Oh, what do you think of this one?" said couturetri, passing me the laptop. ‘Cotswold Sportive’ it read, prompting thoughts of riding past cute little stone cottages in the sunshine, while farmers harvested their fields…

…well, fast forward a month to a carpark at Cheltenham Racecourse where it is pi$$ing it down with rain and we are about to start the ride. Rolling out in small groups we soon found ourselves in the countryside with plenty of cute little cottages and views that would be wonderful were they not obscured by clag. The rain was incessant with the soaking coming as much from what was flicked up off of our wheels as to what was falling from the sky.

After a hill that could have only been included to tick the box of ‘biggest/baddest/hardest’ the route eased, even if the weather didn’t, allowing for fast pacy riding, meaning big smiles but also a face full of water off of the lead riders back wheel.

Arriving back into Cheltenham, the sun eventually came out, just as we crossed the finish line…

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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 :)