Sorry for the long silence but blogging has been way down the lists of things to do. I love lists me :)
Well TD 2011 is off. Kit was sorted, bike was spot on, navigation donw and training was going OK but what I could not sort out was my head, and I am not going off half cocked on this. 2011 will be a massive year for the Td with 60+ N-S and 5 S-N riders. I think I am better off out of the scrum. The north american continent is not going anywhere soon...
I do how ever have a place in the SSWC 2011 in South Ireland and a road trip to the SSEC in Belgium with Charlie the Bikemonger. Riding has taken more of a leaisurely tilt since I, as one friend put it, chickened out of the TD. Courdride last weekend with Jo, Dan and the KoN was great fun and I had forgotten how much I like riding cross bikes off road (slowly!) and the new Surly CrossCheck (thanks Charlie!) will be the bike of choice for a while I think.
Some may remember that I rode the Dunwich Dynamo (200km from London to Dunwich overnight) Back in those days I was unfit, naive and not that comfey on the bike. I managed to finish but with a shot knee that would take weeks to recover. While the ride was great fun getting from London to Leamington with bikes on a Sunday evening was not! Luckily there is the Exmouth Exodus on the 13th Aug which takes in 100miles from Brizzle to Seaside and easier transport back.
As for the ugly, well the 130mm x 40deg stem on the Crosscheck will have to do!