I want to win the lottery ….

But only so i can buy a classic yacht and afford the time to do races like this …

In 2001 three friends conceived a grand 21st century sailing tradition for classic yachts – a rally of special friends, old and new. Covering 600 miles from Saint-Tropez to Grand Harbour Marina in Malta, and visiting four of the most exotic ports in the Mediterranean, that event is the Trophée Bailli du Suffren.

An old to my favourite folding thing.

Oh brommie you are ignored sometimes. My faithful Brompton S2L-x.

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Had a few errands to do today and grabbed what is my go to bike for any city chores. The Brompton is a wee darling through the traffic and parks of Glasgow and then when i got to my lunch meeting it was a quick fold then into Jamies Kitchen for a glass of wine and a good salad whilst chinwagging with a work colleague client I am hoping to poach for the business.


Then unfold move fold to the MASTA travel cline for malaria pills and HEP booster for my filming trip to Rwanda next week … then unfold cycle to my colleagues house who I am doing the film with to speak about kit and plans then cycle home to have dinner with the girls and the au pair made a lovely Spag Bol so no cooking for me …. Huzzah

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Bus Driver Rage – lets hope the police actually do something about this (but probably won’t)

In a breath-taking piece of irresponsible driving a driver for London tourist bus operator Golden Tours has been caught on camera deliberately driving on a pavement in order to block two cyclists whom he felt the need to tell off.

According to the comments on his original YouTube posting, cyclist Ali Choudhry (19) from Ilford, was riding through London with a friend on August 2 when they noticed they were being tailgated by a Golden Tours bus.

“This driver decided to spice things up a bit for us with a blend of typical road rage,” said Choudhry. “He tailgated us at literally 3 feet and got angry for being held up for a few seconds but had all the time in the world to stop and vent his fury.”

I bet he intended to do a lot more but backed off when he saw the camera.

Was accompanying a friend on his first city cycling experience and this driver decided to spice things up a bit for us with a blend of typical road rage.
He tailgated us at literally 3 feet and got angry for being held up for a few seconds but had all the time in the world to stop and vent his fury.

I indicated as we decided to join the shared path so that we don’t hold up traffic any longer and he stops just ahead to thank us.

Hopefully Drive-less vehicles will replace these drivers in a few years and the roads will be a much better place.

Golden tours. gray line. Blue Route to Victoria 02/08/14 18:00-19:00

Choudhry and his friend, who was riding through London for the first time, took refuge on the pavement, but as you can see in the video, the driver also turned off the road to block their path.

He opens the bus doors and begins to shout at the riders until Choudhry points out his video camera.

“I bet he intended to do a lot more but backed off when he saw the camera and the fact i wasn’t alone,” said Choudhry.

Asked if he had notified the driver’s employer, he replies: “Yup. Have already sent them the video link via contact us on their website. I hope they do sort it out as best as they can. The driver really needs to control his irrational anger and what he does as a result of it.”

In response to the video being drawn to the company’s attention on Twitter, Golden Tours said he was no longer working there.

Another Happy Sad cyclist has passed …. Robin Williams au revoir funny man



Many in the cycling community have joined others from around the world in paying tribute to comedian Robin Williams, who has died in an apparent suicide at the age of 63.

The actor, the star of films such as Mrs Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet’s Society and Good Will Hunting – for which he won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor – was present on the Champs-Elysees for the conclusion of some of Lance Armstrong’s seven victories in the Tour de France.

Wiliams wasn’t just someone who went to hang out at big races such as the Tour de France, however; he was a huge fan of all things cycling, and passionate about riding. Race Radio tweeted:


Even Eddy Merckx, considered the greatest male cyclist ever, has paid tribute to Williams. He told Belgium’s VRT Radio 1: “He was a big cycling fan and that’s how I got to know him.”

“I am shocked at Robin Williams’ death. I found him to be a very pleasant person. He was a big fan of Lance Armstrong and I got to know him at the Tour de France.

“On my 60th birthday he gave me the script for the film “Insomnia”. I didn’t really know him that well, but he was a very nice person to spend an evening with.”

“He had a great sense of humour and he was a cycling fanatic. He was above all a big friend of Lance Armstrong, but he knew me and what I had won. If you are a cycling fanatic then you’ve heard of Merckx. I’ve cycled with him a few times over in America.”

Lance Armstrong Ride for the Roses Weekend


The cycling community lost one of its most ardent and funniest ambassadors Monday with the death of Robin Williams.

The 63-year-old comedian and actor became cycling’s unofficial ambassador-at-large during the boom days of the 2000s. Williams brought legitimate star power to cycling, and helped the sport enter the American mainstream.


The Oscar-winner wasn’t at the Tour de France because he was promoting his new movie or trying to chum up to Lance Armstrong, but rather because he was truly passionate about the sport.

“I love bike racing. It’s like NASCAR and downhill ski racing, but the racers are wearing little more than pajamas,” Williams told VeloNews during one of his annual trips to the Tour de France. “I love the bike. It’s my meditation. I think I am ‘bike-sexual.’”

Twitter and other social media were alight with messages of condolences and memories of Williams, who became a regular fixture on the cycling circuit.

British sprinter Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) posted this note on Twitter: “Such sad news about Robin Williams. Being around him have you the same continuous giggles as watching his films. Lovely man and iconic actor.”

In a Facebook post, former Coors Classic race promoter Michael Aisner said, “His deep love of cycling and passion was unbridled. 60 bikes, insistence to film directors that he ride during film shoot breaks and even harrowing tales of dumping his bike and sliding under a bus to avoid crashing into it in the Presidio were touches of his dedication to riding and for the sport.”

That sentiment echoed across the peloton Tuesday as the news broke overnight in Europe that Williams died of an apparent suicide in his home in California.

Williams became a regular visitor to races and teams, sometimes jumping inside team buses, and giving surprise improvisations to riders before the start of stages. He would often ham it up with fans around the team buses.


The actor and comedian was an ardent fan and passionate cyclist, often bringing bikes with him on movie locations and riding in charity events and century rides in Northern California.

“I try to ride up to 100 miles per week,” Williams told VeloNews years ago at the Tour. “I have so many bikes I’ve lost count. When I am on a long movie shoot, I always bring a bike with me.”

This reporter interviewed Williams for a story included in the 2001 Tour de France magazine produced by ProCycling. Williams quickly “turned on,” and went into a 30-minute improvisation about Marco Pantani, Armstrong, Jan Ullrich, and the French that was impossible to dictate. Instead, we put him on speakerphone, and the entire office gathered around to listen to Williams’ rapid-fire delivery. Many of those jokes would regularly appear in Williams’ stand-up routines.


Williams was closely linked to the now-disgraced Armstrong, who’s been stripped of all seven of his Tour de France victories.

At the height of his media powers, Armstrong drew in celebrities from all quarters, and Williams was one of the most loyal and dedicated of Armstrong’s “Hollywood peloton” that also included actors such as Matthew McConaughey, Ben Stiller, Matthew Damon, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

But of all the Hollywood entourage, Williams was the one who was truly passionate about the bike. He was a regular visitor to the Tour, and become close with other riders, such as George Hincapie and Levi Leipheimer.


Like many who were close to Armstrong, Williams said he felt burned in the wake of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case that revealed widespread doping in the U.S. peloton.

Williams was one of Armstrong’s staunchest supporters and would regularly back Armstrong’s claims that he was not doping. Williams would joke, calling Armstrong, “The Uni-baller,” in reference to Armstrong’s testicular cancer. “The French hate him. He’s got one testicle. He’s more aerodynamic.”

Williams never publicly revealed his thoughts on Armstrong’s eventual confession, but a source told the London Daily Mail in 2012 that Williams “feels like he’s been stabbed in the back.”

“Robin’s supported Lance through thick and thin, and believed him when he said he wasn’t doping. He bought it,” the paper quoted the source. “Robin didn’t doubt Lance’s word, and told everyone the accusations were hogwash.”

It’s unclear if Armstrong and Williams ever had a chance to settle things before the tragic series of events in California. On Monday, Armstrong posted this Twitter: “RIP Robin. I will always remember you as one hell of a friend. I love you and will miss you terribly.”

Williams will be remembered for his contributions on the stage and screen, but for many in the cycling community, Williams was a true ambassador who will be sorely misse