On Leith Hill

Leith Hill

The escarpment rises. The trees close around and above me to form a shaded tunnel. There is only one way to go now and my purpose is clear. My body breathes in the cool, damp air as I start to climb. Roughly surfaced, intermittently steep, the road prevents rhythm. I press harder, but comfort must wait. Continue reading


Bike porn: Italian classics


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A selection of classic Italian racers that were on display in Sigma Sport in Kingston during the 2011 Giro. I love their lean, athletic elegance – if they were people, anthropologists would describe them as ‘gracile’. Modern bikes are more … Continue reading

Cav wins!


I watched the final stage of the 2011 Tour de France at look mum no hands!, the cycling cafe in central London.The reaction as Mark Cavendish won on the Champs Élysées – for the third year in succession – was fantastic. The picture was taken over my shoulder as I punched the air – I think it captures the excitement of the moment, though.

look mum no hands customers cheer as Mark Cavendish wins