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Saturday, 25 April 2015
RX02ZVC - Godstone driver cuts up cyclist at junction

This driver managed to shave precious seconds out of her important journey.

Posted by bigblue on 25/04/2015 at 08:38 AM
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Saturday, 18 April 2015
DN56EVM - Another Lingfield Idiot

Perhaps he expected the cylist to share the road?  Well firstly, I was avoiding the pothole and cracked road zone on the left of the road.  I was also taking an assertive position because I had suffered a number of close passes and I needed to make it clear to cars behind me that there was not enough room in my carriageway for them and me.  Thirdly, if he wanted to “share” why didn’t this driver slow down?  This is two rides in a row that I have gone via Lingfield and this is the second such incident. Lovely Lingfield they say…Well the driving is far from lovely.

Posted by bigblue on 18/04/2015 at 10:23 PM
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015
X147BAA - Lovely Lingfield (not)

I had cycled over 90 kilometres, and was on my way home. This driver kept coming at me on my side of the road, and showed no signs of slowing down. So I stopped and put my foot down. He was annoyed with me, and gave me lip. I told him to put his drink down and he drove off. A charming fellow.

Posted by bigblue on 15/04/2015 at 07:54 AM
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Stevenage Start of Summertime Special 115 km


On Sunday past I cycled out from Stevenage on an (as it turned out) ironically named Start of Summertime Special.  As you can see in the video it didn’t feel like summertime, and I didn’t even want to get out of bed when I heard the rain pounding on my window.  Still, when I arrived at the parking the rain was holding back. I discovered my front brakes weren’t working and borrowed someone’s pliers to fix them. I met the Mayor of Stevenage, the very charming Sherma Batson:

She then gave us the “go” and we headed off, less than enthusiastically.  It seems that for the first 58 km or so I had the wind at my back (it didn’t feel like it though). Coming back I discovered that I was cycling into 75 kph gusts of wind, which slowed me down considerably.  At the arrivĂ©e another finisher told me proudly that his mate had hailed a taxi at some point.  Talking of hail, besides for the wind I endured rain and hail showers.  I also passed through the hamlet of Ugley, and the village of Nasty. Both were appropriately named for the day.  At the end of the day it was good to complete the ride and I brought my cycling tally for the year to over 1000 km.

An honest description of an English church:

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An honestly named English village:

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So in summary the ride was incredibly boring. It felt boring and grey on the way out, and on the way back the only thing keeping my mind occupied was how hard I would have to peddle on the downhill stretches in order to move my bicycle forwards.

Posted by bigblue on 31/03/2015 at 10:04 PM
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Antigone

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So amazing to be in the same room as the amazing Juliette Binoche (again) this evening and see her perform in this play. 

Posted by bigblue on 25/03/2015 at 10:41 PM
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Oxted from the Woldingham Viewpoint

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The view I saw of Oxted at dusk this evening, after a brief rain shower. 

Posted by bigblue on 24/03/2015 at 07:27 PM
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Sunday, 22 March 2015
LS59YFU - Following the leader (the leader, the leader ...)


This is not the worst tailgating that I saw during my ride today, but it shows the consequences of tailgating when the unexpected occurs and how it puts other road users at risk. I had to unclip my shoes from my pedals and simultaneously brake in order to avoid either going into the back of this chap, or falling over.

Posted by bigblue on 22/03/2015 at 10:10 PM
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Saturday, 21 March 2015
The Kennet Valley 100

A couple of weeks ago I did this circular 100 km ride from Grazeley near Reading out to Hungerford and back and quite enjoyed it. You can see more details about the ride here.  The weather was brilliant (albeit windy) as you can probably see from the video, and I completed the ride in 4 hours 49 minutes (plus stopping time).  I actually cycled a little further than the official route because I was worried about my cycle computer showing less than 100 km travelled.

Posted by bigblue on 21/03/2015 at 03:37 PM
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