Travel · Cycling · France

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 pavé, 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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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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Sport · Travel

Week 74: By-election results and a Trip to the Thames Valley

The Social Officer By-Election polls had closed overnight, so the first task of the morning was to check the results and announce the final results publicly. However, when I logged on to the voting server, I was met with the rather unhelpful message: “The ballot was tied, so the Returning Officer will need to re-calculate… Continue reading Week 74: By-election results and a Trip to the Thames Valley

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Skiing · Travel

Ski Trip Days 4-5: Last day at Kitzbühel

Our third day in Kitzbühel, and our fourth day on the trip, began much the same as the previous: we ate breakfast in the crowded hostel kitchen, kitted up in our warm, if damp, ski gear, collected some pastry items for lunch from the bakery, and our skis from the ski shop. Indy still wanted… Continue reading Ski Trip Days 4-5: Last day at Kitzbühel

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Ski Trip Day 3: The big slopes of Kitzbühel

Our second day in Kitzbühel began by attempting to get breakfast in the vastly overcrowded hostel kitchen. Everyone was making food to take up on the slopes for the day. We made our own breakfast before dressing up in our snow gear and heading for the slopes. Indy was feeling sick again and opted to… Continue reading Ski Trip Day 3: The big slopes of Kitzbühel

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