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?



Monday, 23 February 2009

Racing Days - 1988


Here's a pic of Jamesy before (probably) the Surrey League Divisional Road Race Championships ('Divs') in 1988.

That's his much-missed mum on the left, looking on proudly. Actually she's probably fascinated - as I am - by WTF those two shaving-nicks from hell are on Jamesy's chiny-chin-chin. I think it's probably something from the photographic process, but can't be sure: I wasn't there that day. Given that Mike used to regularly race with a either the predictably-missed smear of Cramer Atomic Balm, or worse, the oily outline of a chainring on his calf, I wouldn't be surprised if these are actually on his face.

In the background is Graham Douce, part of the local 'Wembley Road Club - Testers of Edenbridge - Dauphin Sport' mafia, and brother of Steve, a zillion-times UK Cyclo Cross champ. The Wembley was also Roger Hammond's club when he use to ride us all into the ground too. Blimey: we really did used to mix it with the best!