Cycling · France · Travel

Roubaix Trip – Day 2: Paris Roubaix Challenge

My alarm woke me at around 4 am. Today was the day of the Paris-Roubaix Ride. I was to attempt to ride the final 180 km of the course of the toughest one-day race in cycling: Paris-Roubaix. The race is famous for it’s 29 secteurs of pavĂ©, or cobblestones, which help it retain its nickname… Continue reading Roubaix Trip – Day 2: Paris Roubaix Challenge

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Cycling · France · Travel

Roubaix Trip – Day 1: Scramble to Roubaix

It was time for yet another trip. Jacqueline and I were headed to northern France for the weekend, for the Paris-Roubaix bike race. On Saturday, I would be riding the final two-thirds of the course, with the professionals racing through on Sunday. But first, we had to get there, from Cambridge. In the morning, I… Continue reading Roubaix Trip – Day 1: Scramble to Roubaix

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Sport

Week 78: National Real Tennis Tournament at the Oratory

The rhythm of weekdays in Cambridge had now become so routine that the distinction from one week to another was now barely noticeable. I would usually find an hour somewhere in the day to play some tennis, would spend most of my time at the Cavendish chugging slowly through work, and then stop by college… Continue reading Week 78: National Real Tennis Tournament at the Oratory

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Politics · Sport

Week 77: South Australian Election in London

The highlight of Monday, aside from the regular bit of work in the department and lunch at college, was that it was time for the Orientation Co-Director interviews. As I had served as Co-Director last year, it was time to choose the next year’s position. I was to be sitting on a panel with Emma,… Continue reading Week 77: South Australian Election in London

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Cycling · Travel

Week 76: Cycling Time Trials, Penny-Farthings in London and Indoor Sky Diving

I spent Monday at home, servicing my bike. About a week ago, my freehub, the component in my bike that allows the back wheel to both pedal and freewheel, had broken and the bike was free-wheeling in both directions. I had also ordered a replacement drivetrain, so had to replace several different parts. I had… Continue reading Week 76: Cycling Time Trials, Penny-Farthings in London and Indoor Sky Diving

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