10p for the first one to spot the tower!

Another lovely Wednesday evening last night. Plenty of sunshine and a bit breezy. I went for a ride on the cyclocross bike because I was running a bit late but still wanted to put in a respectable amount of miles as I’ve had a pretty disrupted week this week. I’ve not had chance to ride as much in the mornings although I’ve done a fair bit of running. I went up through Ainsworth, Bradshaw, Belmont, Egerton ending up at Rivington. Bounced along the bridleway and dropped down into Horwich then back home.

On the road from Belmont to Rivington Barn I was caught by and started chatting to a roadie who recounted the episode recently involving his now-smashed carbon “other” bike and some Easyjet baggage handlers. That’s not what I wanted to hear considering we’re flying to Geneva with Easyjet, so I promptly dropped him. Serves him right for telling me my bike was “interesting but looks heavy”. Does this look heavy to you?


Admittedly it’s probably a lot heavier than the sleek-looking sliver of aluminium and carbon that he was riding.

From the top of the hill at Rivvy, I could see the sun setting over Blackpool tower, which was nice. I had a natter to Stuart the Olympic runner up there too, although he wasn’t running this time. His girlfriend was as excited as I was about the view of the Tower!


wonky shoulder

I’ve got a pointy bit on my right shoulder that’s been there for a long time now. I crashed a car way back in 1993 and I spectacularly rolled it down a hill. The seatbelt, whilst it probably saved me from something, snapped my clavicle and it healed a bit weird with one of the pieces of broken bone sticking straight up. Up until now the only problems I’ve had with it has been in the winter when the cold and damp air makes it ache a bit and it probably ruined my modelling career – I’ve recently discovered however that shouldering a ‘cross bike places the top tube right on that pointy bit of bone and it’s bloody agonising after about 3 seconds. A bit like someone squeezing your elbow betwixt finger and thumb. So…I need to get into the habit of shouldering the bike on my left, which places the chainrings a bit awkwardly next to my ribcage…