Cycling in Pantani country

Back at the start of October I spent a week cycling in Northern Italy with members of my cycling club. We stayed in Emilia-Romagna, a region on the Adriatic coast to the south of Venice. It’s an area that doesn’t automatically spring to the mind of many British cyclists when they sit down to plan a trip abroad, but legendary Tour de France winner Marco Pantani once said had everything he needed for Grand Tour training: combinations of flat terrain and challenging climbs.

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Tackling prostate cancer

I didn’t really know much about prostate cancer until recently – just a vague awareness through supporting AFC Wimbledon that Prostate Cancer UK is an official partner with the English Football League, and that every year they do a fundraising cycle ride called Football to Amsterdam to raise money to tackle the disease.

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Focusing on the core business

This week I returned from a long weekend in Berlin, where I was supporting a friend who was running the Berlin Half Marathon, determined to knuckle down and step up my rehabilitation ahead of my next target race, the Vitality London 10,000 at the end of May. And a big part of that rehabilitation will involve focusing on my core strength.

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Why I created this blog

I’m currently enrolled on a copywriting course run by CityLit, a popular provider of short courses in London. Up until a few months ago I’d been pretty dismissive of copywriting, somewhat harshly judging it as an industry that attempts to convince people to buy things that they don’t really need, often using language that is flowery and seems to hide as much as it conveys.

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