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, 16 March 2009

Sorry David ...

Apologies to Mr Duffield, but your 'commentary' drives me insane. Your idiosyncratic style of relaying the action - or otherwise - makes it impossible for me to watch Eurosport when it's you with the microphone. Today it's the Tirreno-Adriatico stage over Sasso Tetto that Kelda and I are really looking forward to, and it's you on the team. Some might be fans of your verbal 'stream of consciousness', but I'm afraid I'm not one. Solution: watch Eurosport's images on the big screen, but listen instead to the superior commentary by Auro Bulbarelli and Davide Cassani on RAI Sport at steephill.tv. It might be in Italian and we might not understand all of it, but it's more in keeping with the race's atmosphere, and no doubt concentrates on what's actually happening on the screen.

Other news: I must at some point today get in touch with the French hotels and get the rooms booked for the trip.