We did the Première Manche - the first round - of A Travers riding across France from Dieppe to Marseille in the summer of 2009, and it was the original inspiration for this blog. The plan to put the 'band back together again' for another go in 2013 for the second installment fell on stoney ground, with life just getting in the way for too many of us, much to our disappointment. However, our enthusiasm for the bike remains undimmed, and so I'll keep posting my thoughts on the diverse and beautiful facets of the sport regardless. But there's bound to be another big 'adventure ride' coming soon - quite possibly in Italy - so potentially a name change too: Attraverso l'Italia in Bicicletta anyone?

Thursday, 5 February 2009


That's me on the right in the Rapha jersey and the Lampre-Fondital podium cap; we're backstage at Trafalgar Square, with the team waiting to be introduced to the crowd.

You might be able to see Michael Rasmussen's razzed dome in the background behind me. At least on that day the UCI knew of his whereabouts.

Dunno why I'm pulling that stupid face. I'm still so much better looking than Daniele Bennati (looking directly into camera) though, don't you think?