Saturday, 12 September 2009

No fog on the Tyne tonight

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Angel of The North

We make our bars up here.
The Tour of Britain is up here.
We love it - what a sculpture by Anthony Gormley.

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No comment. We prefer the Baked variety

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Garmin's soigneur Toby with today's trophy won by Chris Sutton

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Geoffroy Lequatre

Winner of last year's Tour of Britain, Geoffroy here with Alex after a tough opening stage.
Ride on Geoffroy!
Cheers and good luck on the Tour of Britain 2009.

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Chris Sutton, Garmin wins Stage 1 into a gloriously sunny York

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Mule bites...

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Ready for action...

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Mules waiting this morning at the finish in York

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Musettes are GO!

Get your official "NOSE BAG Musette for The Tour.
Just arrived in York, skies are blue, gonna be a great day.

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The Directeur Sportif on day 1

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Tour of Britain - York stage 1

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Friday, 11 September 2009

MEGABITES FOR THE TOUR OF BRITAIN OFFICIAL ENERGY BAR

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Thursday, 10 September 2009

2 entertainers from the Tour Race

The rural commute

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

12hr Mule talks in his sleep! 2nd in Solo!!!!!





Hi everyone, I am Gez the latest mule to join the stable. I will be racing cross country, 4, 6 and 12 hour mountain bike endurance events fuelled by Mule bar. I look forward to meeting up and racing with other mules in the near future.

My latest 12 hour solo enduro was the TORQ in your Sleep 12:12 event that was held over the August bank holiday, the course and event is run by the Gorrick team which is now in its second year. The Gorrick team always put on a great course and this lap was no exception, with plenty of fast flowing singletrack all hooked up into a figure of eight loop.

We rolled up to the solo pit area and put the gazebo up ready for what ever the next 24hrs had to throw at us, as we settled in and the race got closer the pre-race nerves started to set in. I did my usual warm up and then rolled over to the start line to get a good starting position near the front, with well over 150 riders (team, pairs and soloists) lining up it was clear a good start would be needed. I could see all the big names just in-front (Josh Ibbet, Dave Buchanan – Iron horse extreme, Adrian Scott – Corley cycles, Steven Webb – Singular cycles) and the plan was to stay with them for the first couple of laps and then see how the race panned out. With one minute to go I had a quick drink and then got ready for the chaos to begin, the start would be a rolling start behind a quad bike which led to everyone jostling for position for a clean get away in a huge cloud of dust.

The start was fast but I had got away cleanly and was making sure I was where I needed to be, in-touch with the big names. I shortly took an early lead but was then joined by Steve, it was clear that we would be setting the pace for the other soloists, we were lapping consistently and keeping a reasonable gap back to the chasers. I felt good and settled down into a comfortable rhythm and was just concentrating in knocking out consistent lap times. After 5hrs I was still feeling good and was regularly taking in fluid and Apple strudel and Chocolate fig Mule Bars, however it was not until the 6th hour when I first got a twinge of cramp, this is when Steve pulled out a gap and I pulled into the pits. I got my lights had some hot food and then got back on it. The night soon drew in and this completely changed how the course rode, after riding the course for over 7 and a half hours I thought I knew it pretty well, but as anyone who rides at night knows the course completely changed. I found this out to my cost when I hit a root and threw myself over the bars, after dusting myself down I checked the bike and lights and then carried on but by this time the tiredness was starting to kick in. The last quarter of the race went by in a bit of a blur and soon I was being told I had one lap to go, this is a great feeling as soon it would be all over.

Coming into the finishing line was great, I had just realised my best ever finish in a 12hr finishing 2nd and was looking forward to a well deserved bacon butty that was waiting for me in the pits courtesy of me pit crew.

The event was great, and I managed to pull out a great result beating some big names in the process. A huge thanks to Mule Bar for fuelling this adventure and I hope it will not be too long before I am on the top step of a 12 hour podium. My next races will the last round of the southern series and then the 100Km SPAM blast event.

Monday, 7 September 2009

More Tour Ride...


You can chase me with that.... . ( its lovely really - Soreen )



The third wave..
Bike porn...

The conference bike...

The Tour Ride - Stoke on Trent

The build up and launch...
145km start
A face off with Soreeen...
Andy Collins - 18stone and 60 fags a day to 145kms in under a year...

Olly does the 20km family run aided by a Strudel (and dad Rob)

Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Mule Bycycling challenge team...

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Mule 2nd fastest in Unite Bycycling static race!

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9am

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The Tour Ride start 7am Sunday

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