10 Results for tag: sporfif

Rush raids the Alps

August 11, 2014 - Peter Rush has featured here before; as a rebel of fashion. But he is also an unwavering rider keen to push himself, quietly, wherever possible. Here is his account of one such occasion, earlier this summer when he took on the Raid Alpine sportive with Marmot Tours. Thonon-les-Bains to Antibes. Six days, 31 Alpine cols, 740km, 16,800 ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 4

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 3 The Sunday exceeded all our expectations. We had a good nights kip but no one was able to make it up to head out to the main square for the pre-race interviews and introductions at 9am. There was a train at 11am to close to La Redoute and and a visit to the Philip Gilbert fan club . We had a quick coffee just ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 3

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 2 Temptation number two and the road to Trois Ponts and it's train station. I stopped to gather my thoughts - there was still plenty of light- should I stop for a while to eat and rest. I pressed on. A sharp turn just at the bottom of the descent from the Cote de Wanne. - and straight up the Cote de Stockeu. The ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 2

By Brian Kilbride ... continued from part 1 It was getting too cold to hang around so we departed in dribs and drabs and slowly assembled on the road. The turn off for the 160 km route was passed soon after and a worrying number were turning away . It seemed that we had missed the main crowds doing the big loop . Again relentless ascents and descents of ... More

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 Report Part 1

By Brian Kilbride Four club members, me, Bren, Dermot and Kevin headed to La Doyenne this year to test ourselves on one of the route of the oldest classic of them all. Seamus from Limerick sniffed out the possibility of an armchair ride through the Ardennes on Tiernan's rear wheels and signed up as well. We flew out to Brussels and then train to Liege. ... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 5

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey On a long descent I passed Dean and was on my own for a while. Soon after Siobhán joined me. Dean and Emmet were behind us, and I was sure Brian, Dave and Seamus were home and hosed at this point. Darkess began to fall – it was a bit disconcerting to see them dismantling the Red Cross ... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 4

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey Ahead of us lay the Koppenberg. I had heard so much about this hill, I actually couldn’t wait to get cracking on it. The first thing I noticed about the Koppenberg is how narrow it is…very, you’d fit two bikes only it seems to me. But the way it is paved, with a pronounced camber on both ... More

Tour of Flanders 2013 – Part 3

An account of our adventures in Flanders 2013 by Mick Dempsey We pushed on – at this stage, the main concern was the cold – I found it bitterly cold, and the fat thermal hiking gloves I was wearing was making it extremely difficult to adhere to Brian’s recommendation of one bar every 20kms or whatever it was. There were big enough bunches on the ... More