I’m an Ambassador for ASSOS of Switzerland and a lifetime athlete. As you’ll see from the pictures across this site, I’ve been using ASSOS equipment for c.25 years: I love the history behind the brand, their devotion to R&D and the way their equipment excels when my rides become testing.
Despite the grandiose nickname (which was given to me by a friend on Stage 5 of the 2012 Tour de Force and seems to have stuck), I’ve never been a pro, I’m not particularly fast and at 82 kg, I’m never going to be a gifted climber either!
However, from time to time, I take a deep breath and commit to a significant challenge, usually something that on the face of it, looks genuinely improbable for someone like me (advancing years, hectic work and family schedule and constant time-crunch)!
This website is about those challenges and the preparation that goes into them. It’s about the places I go, the people I meet and the things that inspire me. Most of all, it’s about the highs and lows of riding bikes of all types, in all weathers and in a multitude of places. Some of my more notable rides are listed below.
HRS The Journey: Exmoor 2018 | Everesting 2018: Stwlan Dam, Wales | Everesting 2017: Cime de la Bonette (2,802m), France – Europe’s highest Everesting to date | Everesting 2017: Mynydd Graean (Gravel Mountain), Wales | Everesting & HRS 2016: Whiteleaf, UK (#23 in 100 Greatest Climbs) – 10,260m | Everesting 2015: Bradenham Wood Lane, UK | 2015: Lucy’s Cent Cols Memorial Challenge, Cevennes, France | 2014: Cent Cols Dolomites | 2012: Tour de Force (Le Loop) Lifer | 2007: Ultra Raid Pyreneen – time record
In recent years, my eldest son Tom has been my companion on most of these rides and hence he appears in many of the pictures.