The roadkill bodycount on this morning’s training ride was as follows (one of each): seagull, rat, badger and rabbit. Looks like the rabbits got off relatively lightly last night.

I usually figure I’ve chosen a good route if I see more live animals than dead ones, but the only noteworthy live one today was a pheasant that jumped out of the hedgerow as I passed, making such a racket that I nearly fell off. For a few seconds I would have cheerfully added it to the roadkill list – but only for a few seconds.

First impressions of the new Vittoria Open Pave Evo CG tyres are very positive. They’re definitely faster than the old 25c Gatorskins – but so they should be, being something like a third lighter – and they felt very reassuring on some dodgy (wet, messy, potholed) surfaces. I’ve got nothing else to compare them too but I’m happy, which is a relief because they weren’t cheap.

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine (www.simpsonmagazine.cc).