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August 4, 2019

John O’Groats – Land’s End: Duncan Pike, Anthony Egan and Richard Price

Glasgow – Gloucester: David Long

Wigan – Gloucester: Jim Wynn

Wigan – Hereford: Andrew Sanders

Transcript of daily updates by Duncan to his family WhatsApp group.

Day 1 – John O’Groats – Thurso (45km /...

February 20, 2018

When an email arrived advertising the Easyjet sale, I naturally hovered over it ready to delete. On this occasion I paused, took one look at the dull November day outside and thought Spring is a long time coming. About ten minutes and sixty quid later I had booked a fl...

January 29, 2018

I have some good news, Fiascii, after a lengthy Committee debate, the next Autumn club mountain trip will be to the wonderful Pyrenees, with legendary Col de Tourmalet being the highlight of the trip (so good, we will climb it both ways in one day).

We are basing oursel...

October 11, 2017

Can I claim a Fiasco first?


I love summer. It means slightly better weather, the odd glorious morning and hollibobs. This year Famille Pike were quite late on the holiday game, Strava was already recording the well documented Fiasco members’ exploits on Ventoux well be...

May 3, 2017

We have quorum of 14 participants, an eclectic mix of Fiasco regulars and old friends from the Bordeaux run. Like the Bordeaux trip, the spirit of La Tourette is relaxing fun and a weekend away with like-minded gentlemen. The riding is not a race but we do have a ferry...

April 28, 2017

When researching my first road bike purchase, I went round the houses for three months but eventually came back to the first one I fell for. That first copy of Cycling Plus I bought had a review of a Lapierre Audacio 400 (2013) and they liked it, much better bike than...

April 24, 2017

Première partie. [RP]

First up a confession. The title of this tale was supposed to be ‘Two days, four mountains.’ Mainly because the route was dreamed up in the comfort of a Godalming living room, late at night, over a bottle of vin rouge.

Reality bites, however. And fo...

April 22, 2017

Personally I was pretty revved up about the prospect of The Alpe, so the fact we took a mechanically induced overnight breather was a big relief.

I wanted to do the fantasies in my head justice and the day’s previous climb and large lunch of spaghetti Bolognese weren't...

February 22, 2017

Back when I was a lad I used to scoff at the mere mention of chamois cream. Incredibly this was in spite of me owning a pair of cycling short with ACTUAL chamois leather covering the padding in the action zone.

Roll forward 20 years and my views had not changed one bit....

January 20, 2017

Aged 16 I used to be able to eat a whole 12 inch pizza and the free one that came with it.  My day would revolve around toast – one loaf or pasta – one kilo. Then we’d get to the pizza.  At a svelte 10 stone I was your typical racing snake. Not an amazing cyclist, but...

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