Saturday, June 23, 2018

I’m not sure if my bike has the longest name out there, but with a five-word name, it has to be up there.  I guess that’s a testament to the sheer range of models and variants that Giant has to offer (even I have two variants of the TCR in my shed – one for ‘Sunday best’ and one that’s resigned to foul weather).

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I have to admit that sportives aren’t my thing.  Maybe it’s the image of a collection of old men in loose-fitting lycra on bikes with downtube shifters and baguettes in their jersey pockets for sustenance.  A world away from the aero-is-everything approach I associate with Time Trialling and triathlons.

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When I decided to get into triathlon, the first bike I bought was a £700 Wilier Escape with an 18-speed Campagnolo Xenon groupset.  After a while, I spent a few pennies upgrading the wheels (Campag Scirocco, I seem to recall) until a few years later the groupset found its way onto an Argon18 frame and the old Wilier frame went to a friend to become the basis of a fixie.

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With a handful of unused holiday from 2017 that I had until the end of March to take, I headed out last week to the warmer climes of Mallorca for a few days ‘solo training camp’, otherwise known as the ‘cycling on my new bike and doing the bare minimum of running and no swimming’ camp.

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I guess when it takes you six months to update your blog, you should really be questioning why you still have it at all!  But surprisingly (to me, anyway), I do still get the odd mail and social media message from people kind enough to let me know that they’ve found previous posts and advice articles useful.

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