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Col de Grand Colombier

Tomorrow the Tour de France takes the riders up the Col du Grand Colombier. A couple of years ago I rode the same climb as part of the Tour de l'Ain Cyclosportive and let me tell you - it's a killer. I decided to look up my performance on that climb as a keen amateur...

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Calling it for Kittel

Sometimes predicting the winner of a stage of the Tour de France is hard. Tomorrow, for example, is going to be tough, as is Sunday. Any time the road points up and the riders start to put some distance between the wheels, it is hard to know who will come out on tip....

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Nacer Bouhanni Knows How to Lose

Finally someone in the professional peloton has seen what I see in Nacer Bouhanni - and that is, not much. In the wake of today's sprint stage Arnaud Demare's lead out man, Jacopo Guarnieri, spelled out exactly what was wrong with the Cofidis sprinter: Bouhanni is an...

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Planche des Belle Filles

After yesterday's successful - well, mostly successful - prediction of the stage winner and the resulting win of a foot massage from Cécile, I am looking forward to catching today's stage of the Tour de France after work. The first of the summit finishes, it's a sharp...

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…And The Winner Is?

So today was an almost guaranteed sprint finish in the Tour de France - a long, lazy jaunt across France before a slightly twisty but still-wide road approach into Vittel? Yeah, nothing says sprint finish like the first week of the Tour de France when you throw in big...

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Sagan!

The stage ended with a climb, it was too steep for the pure sprinters, and it was going to be a fight between Gilbert, Valverde, Vanmarcke, Albasini, Matthews.... ...ah, who am I kidding? This stage was made for Peter Sagan and he delivered. BMC was pushing into the...

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A Lyon Classic

As my Mum is in town I decided to make the Sunday night dinner a local dish that is pretty easy to prepare but always goes down a treat: Lyon sausage and twice-cooked potatoes. Pulling this altogether is easy and really only takes about 40 minutes start to finish -...

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Review: Heineken 0.0%

I don't drink a lot of beer because, well, I don't drink. Occasionally I'll have a zero alcohol beer during the summer, however, so when I saw that Heineken was advertising a new zero alcohol beverage in the last couple of weeks, I thought I would give it a try. Here...

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Photos from the Sri Chinmoy 50K

The Sri Chinmoy 50K wasn't my best race but it was good fun and the organisers did a great job putting on an event in a busy public park. They also had some photographers on the course snapping pictures, some of which were very 'artsy', if I do say so: blurred...

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Lemon Tree

Everything on the run worked out fine this morning - except the technology. This morning's training was a two part effort. The first was going to be a nice and steady tempo run over about six kilometers. When I was done, I would shoot upstairs, grab my backpack, and...

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The Place, Perrache, and the Part Dieu

After a run yesterday where the DOMS was still kicking on from the Sunday afternoon 50K, this morning's run seemed a little easier on the legs. Sure, there was a little soreness in the legs still but it was barely there and it disappeared quickly from my mind as I...

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Sunrise on Saone

Up at 5:00am and out the door at 5:10am. That's the way you start your day when you are getting back into training for the Ultratour du Leman, am I right? Truth be told, my legs were still aching a little bit as the DOMS started to bite from the 50K on Sunday. Though...

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Recovery in Paris

After the Sri Chinmoy 50K yesterday my legs were a little sore. I wore the compression sleeves to bed last night and I am sure that helped but, when I left the hotel this morning, it sure didn't make the first couple of kilometers of my recovery run any easier. So why...

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Sri Chinmoy 50K

Another ultra race banked for 2017 and my first official 50K done and dusted. In the end I missed my 5 hour goal by less than 10 minutes on a course that saw me running too hard too early, in too much heat, and mostly dehydrated. I managed a top ten result all the...

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Before the Sri Chinmoy 50K

Tomorrow at noon I'll be lining up for the Sri Chinmoy 50K ultra in Paris. It's a race that wasn't on my calendar until last month and one for which I don't really have any expectations or goals. I'm treating it as a long run in a nice place and a chance to get in...

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Review: Escape Winter

After the Found on 49 documentary I watched yesterday, I flipped on another one that had been in my queue this evening after returning from work. It's hot in Lyon at the moment - stinking, sweating, blistering hot - so settling in to watch something that has the word...

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Review: Found on 49

It's Western States 100 weekend - and Sri Chinmoy 50K weekend for me - and there is a bunch of ultrarunning media being released around the race, and around the racers. The superstar of this years Western States is, without a doubt, Jim Walmsley. The phenom from...

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Atomic Chess

Getting Jamie into bed each night means sticking to a routine and I have my routine down pat now. We eat dinner together, then he brushes his teeth while I do the dishes, then it's time for a game, reading a book, and then bed. Sometimes we throw in a call to his Mum,...

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