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?

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Thursday Night: Brands Hatch

Here's the two of us again, this time warming up before one of the Thursday-night Brands Hatch races in 1987, my only racing 'annus mirabilis'. Well, by my standards: got some BCF points.

We're both in Old Portlians colours, a club I've been in since 1982, Mike James from 1983, Paul Barrington-King from 1988 for a few years, and Dave Hickman since, well, our research suggests from some time in the Cretaceous Period.

Sadly these races are no more, but I did read that the circuit is going to be used as an official 2012 Olympic Training Circuit. Funny: we always used to say that the Tuesday-night crit races at Crystal Palace were much harder. "If you can stay in at the Palace, you can stay in anywhere", as a wise old man used to put it to us.

We used to always do Brands.