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, 17 April 2012

Or rather our Dave Stoller impression ...

Mike James just contacted me to reveal the true significance of the music used in that last post. Nothing to do with not choosing Gimme Shelter and going for something a little more sensible that reflects his (OK, our) advancing years, but rather the scene from Breaking Away, where Dave Stoller drafts the Cinzano truck along the highway.
Now I get it. Sometimes I think I'm the sentimental old fool and he's the dispassionate hard-nosed realist, but this all makes sense: an accident-induced softer side to him now re-revealed, something I haven't seen since the early 80s. I compare us to real racers at Roubaix, he's alluding to some rose-tinted fantasy world where riding bikes fast and making out you can speak Italian would mean you got the girl.
Get well soon Jamesy - that hip will be as good as new in no time.