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Morning all. This is version 2 of today's blog. I am not sure whether it is my browser or the Road.cc site to blame but for some reason as I was merrily typing the post my screen switched to the recent I-Phone headset article.

Work lost. Lesson learned. This post originated in Open Office text!

It has been a great weekend. My mixed training for the winter has started in earnest and I am now running round the village a couple of times a week. I remember it being tough last winter but as I am nearly a stone lighter this year I am hoping to see better results when mixed with a proper organised programme on the turbo.

This turbo activity will feature the Sufferfest heavily (new ones to come soon) and if you are still bimbling along on your indoor trainer and not using the internet to help you now is the time to click the link and look it up. Once the pain is over you will not regret it.

Sunday was the only day I got out on the bike and the usual Fenland weather played havoc with the wind direction changing in a matter of minutes leaving me to battle a strong breeze for 8 virtually straight miles home. You would think that (a) after all these years I would know better than to trust it and (b) that I would find some more interesting roads... And you would be right on both counts.

I was that tired when I got back that not even the news that the Road.cc t-shirts were now available (and in manly pink !!) could cheer me up. Sorry guys!

The most cycletastic piece of action this weekend occurred on the missus to be and my trip to London on Saturday. We took in Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Picadilly Circus, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and the Embankment. We even ate at London's trendy Texas Embassy, although Lance Armstrong didn't make an appearance.

It was the stream of folding bikes making their way over Westminster Bridge as we strolled over in the lovely afternoon sunshine that attracted my attention, and the face that loads of people speaking Spanish had cameras poised.

It was then that former Vuelta winner Roberto Heras went past on a folding bike to applause and cheering!

Having read in the cycling press that he does a bit of riding on a folding my mind computed straight away and I double checked to make sure it was him. He looked as lean as the days he paced Lance up alps. Before that the only celeb spotting we had done was seeing Karen Brady near Holborn.

Brilliant, I am all the way through today's update and the pc hasn't................

James has been blogging for road.cc for 5 years and racing bicycles (averagely) for 20 years. 

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 6 years ago
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Yeah it probably was him, he was over for the Brompton Worlds at Bleinheim on Sunday. Our man Simon was there… and competing, so we should have a full report coming up soon.

Dunno what happened to your first draft Jimmy, but sometimes if that happens you can navigate back to what you were doing via the browser button, best bet though is if you are writing something of any length is to write it up first and them cut and paste it on to the site.

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 6 years ago
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Would definitely have been him, as Tony said he was over for the Brompton World Champs at Blenheim.

I was on my way into London on Sunday and got chatting at Paddington with a chap who had a rather snazzy green and pink Brompton - he said that he'd helped organise a mass Brompton ride taking place Saturday afternoon from the London Eye, so that's what you'd have seen.

As Tony said, there'll be a full report soon - all I'll say is I was a bit awestruck when, struggling up a long, long hill on the Brompton, the Heras group came flying past to lap me.

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 6 years ago
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I loved the number of folding bikes with clipless pedals... awesome!

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 6 years ago
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Pity he was a dirty doper.

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DaSy [688 posts] 6 years ago
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Too right Cat1...

It's one thing being an also ran and getting caught and banned, but to win the Vuelta only to be banned afterwards and have the win passed down by proxy is awful.

Menchov was robbed of the podium adulation etc, I do find it hard to forgive him for that.

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thesufferfest [3 posts] 6 years ago
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Hey, thanks for the shout-out to http://www.thesufferfest.com! Glad it's helping bring misery and suffering to your indoor season (cripe, is that here already?)! Cheers, David

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 6 years ago
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No worries, more than happy to promote it. I absolutely love it.

Is it too late for me to submit footage for the upcoming sets?

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thesufferfest [3 posts] 6 years ago
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Hey JtC - Send it on! Footage for SF6 is already set, but 7 and beyond are wide open - so if you've got some stuff, I'd love to see it and figure out if there's a way to work it in. If I use it, I'll send you a 'Suffer' shirt (and who wouldn't want that? : - ) )

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 6 years ago
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Cool, am I ok to put it on youtube and put sufferfest in the tag as per your site?