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Roubaix Trip – Day 3-4: Watching Paris-Roubaix Live

The previous day, I had ridden over the 29 cobblestone roads of Paris-Roubaix in northern France. Today, it was the turn of the professionals. The plan was to go and watch the cyclists on the Carrefour de l’Abre, the fourth section of cobblestone roads from the finish line in Roubaix. But first, Jacqueline and I… Continue reading Roubaix Trip – Day 3-4: Watching Paris-Roubaix Live

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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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2016-17: Year in Review

The conclusion of the Orientation trip to the Lake District brings with it a moment for reflection and contemplation. For one, it is the culmination of months of work on a massive project which now leaves space to focus on new tasks. For another, it marks twelve months since I moved to Cambridge from Australia,… Continue reading 2016-17: Year in Review

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Tour de France Trip: Day 5 – Salon de Provence

I woke up sore; the full after effects of the previous day’s crash starting to set in. There was a cramping in my neck and my lower back, so I began the day by stretching it out. I had planned to spend the day riding up Mont Ventoux, but that plan was foiled for a… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 5 – Salon de Provence

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Tour de France Trip: Day 2 – Risoul

I woke in the couchette of my sleeper train, to find that it was already daylight, and we were rolling up a valley, with gorgeous and steep mountains on either side. The train puttered along slowly; the line was winding and steep, and rose through several tunnels. I spent the morning glued to the window… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 2 – Risoul

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