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, 5 May 2009

Waxing Lyrical


I saw this ad outside a tanning salon the other day, en route for a quick training ride along the North Downs and Pilgrims' Way. Questions from non-cyclists as to why I remove the hair from my legs just never seem to abate: why do you do it, does it make you more aerodynamic, how far up do you go before you stop, do you shave, wax or use depilatory creams? And so on.

This promotion seems like an ideal solution to my bathroom invariably looking like a badly-maintained abattoir each time I reach for the shaving foam and do mine - especially the tendons at the back of the knee. Next time I'll go here and get my left leg done. And my right. And can I take advantage of your generous offer and get the middle one done for free?