When the Tour De France crossed into Spain in 1974, Eddie Merckx started shouting the three words of Basque he’d been taught by Basque riders. If the police had heard him, he’d have been arrested.
All professional cyclists crash, and they crash often. It’s hard to think of another sport where everyday calamity is such an ordinary part of the routine.
Etape revisits stages of the Tour de France through the eyes of the protagonists. The chapter on Chris Boardman’s prologue win in 1994 is about coping with pressure.
As a cycling fan I went to some lengths to see the stage production of Ventoux, currently touring in the … More
I’m always interested in how professional sportspeople think about their craft. It’s intrinsically interesting, and sometimes there are life lessons … More
I rode the RideLondon 100 at the end of July–a 100 mile circuit on closed roads that starts at the … More
I bought Sean Yates’ biography, It’s All About The Bike, because I’d always been a fan of the rider, in … More
Steve Cummings wins Stage 14 of the Tour de France © ASO/X.Bourgois My favourite moment in this year’s Tour de … More
I spent a weekend in May riding the London Revolution, a bike ride that covers 190 miles in two days. … More
I recently spent a few days in Lille so I could watch Paris-Roubaix, which is for me one of the … More