Peaks blog 14: The Peaks Challenge is evil

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Peaks blog 13: Tom Hawkins’ tyres and other stories

A mate at work was buying a bike. To protect his identity, we’ll call him Archie. He searched all the usual online marketplaces and eventually settled on a swish looking cycle being sold by a…

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Peaks blog 12: The nightmare premonition

It’s fair to say that the 2017 Peaks Challenge has dominated my thoughts lately. In fact barely a minute goes by without me thinking about it. Equipment choices, tactical approaches, average …

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Peaks blog 11: Revisiting the hurt

I remember the first time I rode 100 kilometres on my bike. It was one of those Audax rides and there were rearview mirrors and cable ties sticking out of helmets everywhere. They’re a differ…

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Peaks blog 10: A shiny new cluster and a secret training location

The good thing about bikes is that when their parts start to get old or worn, you can replace them. My trusty stead was shifting about as smoothly as bag of rusty spanners, but a new chain, a shiny…

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Peaks blog 9: Comeback 2.0 – spinning and punching

Well, comeback 2.0 is underway. It’s a little shaky and a little tentative, but it is happening. I’ve never been one for cross training, but in a bid to keep my lungs open and my heart …

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Peaks blog 8: The knee strikes back

The knee is gone again. After coming back and getting my training to over 200 kilometres per week, I’ve gone and aggravated the injury that kept me off the bike for nearly three weeks late la…

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