Alpe d’Huez

ALPE D’HUEZ long course triathlon Race report   I have to admit, I’m struggling with this one. Writing is rarely a problem but I just can’t find the words to

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Gravel biking – #2

World Gravel Series: the race   “No no wait, we find you a bike!” With lovely Italian hospitality, the organisers produced a small-ish cyclo-cross bike belonging to the brother of

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Gravel biking – #1

World Gravel Series: the recon   “Come on, let’s just go and do it. I’ll find a bike and it’ll be fun!”   We were talking about a gravel race

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Living on Lanza

Living on Lanza   The Highlander, Motowns – British Family Bar, The Black Bull and a souvenir shop promising PG Tips and Marmite line the main car park in the

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Landing on Lanza

Landing on Lanza   Wednesday, 4.05am. Beep beep beep beeeeeeeeeeep. The cat lifted her head from the duvet and gave me a slightly confused and decidedly annoyed look. “Jeez woman,

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Train travels

Train Travels   Bilbao was great. If you discount my slight bike mishap during the race, I had a wonderful time and was quite enchanted by the dynamic little city.

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Nevis Valley

Nevis Valley   “Look!” I shoved the map triumphantly under Guilhem’s nose. “We don’t need to take the main road back to Wanaka! We can go this way!” Te Anau

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The Elgrand Motel

The Elgrand Motel   Shhhhhh shit shit shhhhhhh!! Hanging over the front seat in the dark, my shoulders squeezed between the head rest and the front window, I blindly hit

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The Battle of Bruce Bay

The Battle of Bruce Bay   Read any Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand and it’ll tell you the best way to visit the country is to drive. Given that

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