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Monthly Archives: October 2013

When Smudger met Zola

In case you’re not already aware, during my cycle across Brazil I’ll be raising money for two charities, one of which is Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.  So thanks to Andrea and Mark at Watford FC I was invited along to today’s open training session at Vicarage Road to meet Gianfranco and the … Continue reading »

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Got my new touring bike!

Today I travelled to Somerset to collect my new touring bike! It’s a Thorn Raven, which are legendary, versatile, near indestructible touring bikes that get amazing reviews (eg. so seems ideal for my needs. Can’t wait to get out and about riding it and wear in the Brooks saddle!  Pannier shopping tomorrow…

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IN-GER-LUND are joining me in Brazil!

YES, the mighty England have qualified for Brazil 2014 thanks to a 2-0 win over Poland! What a cracking night out at Wembley with my Dad, Brother, Sister and Brother-in-law, plus A LOT of Poles! Now roll on Dec 6th and the World Cup Finals draw, group of death here we come…

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Computer says yes (hopefully)

I’ve just set up autoposts from my blog to Twitter and Facebook so all you lucky people can keep track of my progress each time I add a new post…

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Soggy Surrey Sportive

As part of my continued training, yesterday I took part in the Cycling Weekly Box Hill Original Sportive. I’d signed up for the Epic 103 mile distance along with my brother Martin, our mates (and fellow ‘Mountain Goats’) Jamie and Alex, plus two of his friends, another Alex and his mrs Zohra.  But things didn’t … Continue reading »

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Defeat, cycle, victory!

Last week I did a practice mini cycle tour between two Watford away matches oop t’north… Tues 1st Oct: Train up from London to Blackburn with the bike, checked into Chimneys Guesthouse, met Jon, Ady, Mike and Al (who drove up from Watford) for a pre-match beer, then onto Ewood Park, Blackburn 1 – 0 Watford, … Continue reading »

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The story so far

So you may ask how have I ended up taking on this challenge and what have I achieved so far in my preparations? Well in March this year I went on a week long cycling holiday to Cuba and it was amazing. It reminded me that I’ve never set foot in South America (but loved … Continue reading »

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