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The Des hanlon, a race where your balls need to be intact and where the first real test of the season comes about.. Where was I? somewhere between good and maybe great… Who knows how you feel, let the race and road decide… As G noble would say.. Fug that let’s race..(he doesn’t say that but I know he says…

I suppose you have to take the bad with the good. Saturday I was in lanzarote doing the 70.3 race. It was last minute(ish) decision and I probably was going into it feeling better than I have done all year.

‘ Ye Ham Shite ye ‘ Driving towards Woodgreen on Sunday morning the 29th of september didnt feel right. Why?? Its a 100 TT.  In twitter land a hash tag would look like  #flatout #ballsout #nohiding #saddlesores #saddlemountains !! Yes to all above but i’m wired funny and I have an undercarriage as hard as the shell on a turtle’s…

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Its a Tuesday, it’s almost 6pm and as per usual our house is nuts. One is drawing on the blinds in the conservatory and the other is on ‘speedy’ the bike flying up and down the hall. Herself, aka Mrs BMC is trying not to lose it, she’s one eye on the clock, about to make a dash for her…

Last weekend saw my home club Cuchulainn CC host the national Irish time trial and road race championship.  The ladies, vets and mens seniors all were  fitted into a packed weekend full of racing. They did a fine job and i was proud to wear the club colours.

An event that takes your focus will creep up ever so slowly but when it is over it disappears as if it were never there. Was it a dream?  I feel like a Garda suddenly retired who has no power or authority… ‘we are equal’ ..Reminded me of the football days.. ‘you play for leeds?  Wow..  But similar to that…

picture is of Rodger Aiken. credit Brendan Slattery.   How do they do it.. Waking up in the morning you assess the ‘hurt’..walking to the toilet you say…’how the **** am I going to ride a bike today. But somehow you do.. Day 7 The day was here. 2 Days left. But this day was to be a bitch of…

Morale in the camp is good. No complaining and we have a ‘let’s get it done attitude’! We are getting the same treatment as the professional teams. That’s all to do with Dominic, Cuirithir and Aimhirghin, Pat, Gro and now Ray. We are able to switch off and ride. Big thanks to them for the week, especially Dominic. The effort…

  This RÁS thing is getting legs. By all accounts the country is hooked, friends are hooked, friends that wouldn’t turn Eurosport on for the Giro (bike race) if it was the only channel working. I’m having a blast. The craic is 90 and the company is good. We’re holding our own and Roger is still serving pain on the…