Wednesday, 18 January 2017



I have been faced with a lot of it in the last 10 years, and I can't foresee that altering any time soon, I do often find myself fighting it though. I do think that this is a natural reaction as we all like comfort and change certainly removes that from your existence sharpish.
So the question is, can one find comfort in change? I am struggling with this one I must confess, of course all those self help books and crack pot pseudo psychologist, will come out of the woodwork and rattle off any number of glib responses, to no real tangible aid. The truth is I am a creature of habit, and routine gives me comfort and grounding, change really unsettles me.
So now what, the specter of change looms once more, and I feel this nervousness start to build inside me, my reactions become short and irrational, digging my heals in, and falling back into myself.

Not this time though, I am not going to allow it space, I am going to try embrace it, see it as an opportunity. Finding anything easy just doesn't seem to be my style, so this battle continues, needing to shrug off all the insecurity and balls to the wall.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Ride Out Thoughts

With the Ride Out happening the weekend, I thought I might just put this together.

When riding in a group use your mirrors, check who's behind you, if someone is missing stop or ride back to make sure they are OK.

Keep groups small, not more than 5 or 6 riders, and they should ride in accordance with their abilities, with the most experienced rider at the front.

The experienced rider leading the group needs to ride smooth and keep a close eye on those following

The last rider or sweeper should be very knowledgeable about the route as they will be taking care of stragglers and helping out if there is any problems

Don't ride too close and ride at your own speed, stay steady and don't accelerate on straights
It is very common for riders in a group that they accelerate on the straights when they notice that they get behind in corners, to keep up. Don't do that! The corners will become more and more difficult for you when you ride that way.

Something that you should keep in mind, is that you are *always* responsible for your own behaviour, especially for your speed, when riding in a group don't be a dick, or try showing off.

On long straights, it works best to ride in a so-called staggered formation.
The one in front rides at the right side of the lane; the one behind him on the left side of the same lane, the one behind him on the right side, etc. That way everybody can see ahead.

In corners, you don't keep a staggered formation: everybody chooses their own line through the corner. So keep in mind that the rider in front of you will start in the outside of the corner.

Make the day for who's behind you, we are riding together so your actions will enhance or inhibit those behind you, always bare that in mind. 

Group leader should try to keep his/her speed comfortable and enjoyable for the people behind them. Whether that speed is rather slow or rather fast, is based upon your own observation of the group. Be smooth and consistent more than you would should you be alone.


Thursday, 5 January 2017


A while ago I watched a program on the TV about the WWII a British veteran spoke about the Blitz on London and how devastating it was and what people suffered through a how the British spirit kept them going through. Veteran RAF pilot now long gone spoke of how at 18 years old they fought the Hun in the skies above and so many died.

I was reminded of another great hero of mine, Sir Earnest Shackleton and his voyage to Antartica with his “Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition” (1914-17) He and his team would be the first to traverse the continent from Vahsel Bay to McMurdo Sound on the opposite side, on the 19th of January 1915 their ship got trapped, frozen in an ice floe.Being forced to wait till spring the crew turned the ship into a winter station but in spring as the ice melted, the pressures of the moving ice finally sank the Endurance, forcing the men onto an ice floe, but to cut a long story short, they would march to Elephant Island dragging 3 life boats over the ice until they could no further then he ordered the men into the boats and after five harrowing days at sea covering 557 km they landed on Elephant Island. Leaving his men and refusing to take supplies him and 5 crew took the strongest of the lifeboats and set sail for help. After 16 days at sea and surviving a hurricane they landed on the unoccupied southern shore of South Georgia. After rest they set of over land doing 51 km over some extremely dangerous terrain they reached the whaling station of Stormness on the 20th of May.Shackleton immediately set back to rescue his crew and fighting storms and ice floes but on the 30th of August the remaining 22 men were rescued.

I see that spirit lives on today in a guy called Guy, he's of Latvian decent, but I am sure he sees himself as an Englishman. This truck mechanic is a multi world record holder in speed events, one could say he has a death wish but to quote him "when you're dead, you're dead" and he certainly wastes no time living. He has had multiple podiums at the Isle of Man TT, won races in SBK. He has set land speed records on a bicycle, on a motorcycle up the infamous Pikes Peak in Colorado, in Street Luge, the Wall of Death and that's the tip of the iceberg. In an age when if it isn't filmed, photographed and promoted, it didn't happen, Guy remains Guy, with his sense of humour and balls like no one else he seems to be able make you feel like a mate he's sharing a cup of tea over a great tale of his exploits.

Winston Churchill in a speech to the English in WWII "we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." And I see this spirit still lives on in people like Guy, the enemy may not be a Nazi, but the endeavour, but it aims to beat him, but he's not having it, and that's why I like a guy called Guy.


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