Monday, 31 October 2011

Hell Of A Weener

Last year I made the Hell-o-Weener flapjack. This year I was asked to create another Halloween treat.
This is what happens with some spare time and my idle hands.
Chocolate, sponge and marshmallow make the, 'Hell of a Weener' cake.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Red Bull Minidrome

Victoria Baths in Manchester is a fantastic venue. Architecture and heritage blend together to make a brilliant viewing gallery for any event that will fit inside the walls of the empty pool. The Red Bull Minidrome was a perfect size for the pool. It looks so awkward, almost impossible to ride which I guess is why the last few riders in the finals all seemed to be sponsored by Red Bull and all seemed well used to riding the tight track.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Mike Watt

Mike Watt is the reason I've been flyin' the flannel for the last 20 years.
Firehose. Minutemen.......Our band could be your life.
He lives in Pedro. He works the thud staff. He jams econo.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Rapha Super Cross

The Rapha Super Cross Series was just looking like a great idea. Promoted and hyped in a way that was corporate enough for the Rapha brand yet, left enough to still appeal to riders instead of fashionistas.
Windermere was a beautiful setting, especially in the glorious sun. The crowds had turned out, the 400 free Rouleur cowbells rang out, the Duvel beer and Frites were at hand. It did have an extra special feel to the event. The course was pretty technical in parts, thick, sticky mud, roots, a few climbs and hurdles enough to give the am's and pro's a few problems. 153 riders took to the start of the Senior race before the Elite Race.
It was great seeing the pros attack the course at a speed most riders could only dream of. Nick Craig and Paul Oldham both suffered early mechanicals yet still killed it on the course.
Fantastic day riding, Fantastic spectating.

Hard Times

I've used these never been worn Vans 438's as my spare change money boxes. They were full so needed to be weighed in at the supermarket. Right shoe came in at £26.66. Left shoe came in at £29.22.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Inadequate runners. Update.

Update for Team Sano. I didn't win the marathon but I did manage to do it without walking. 4 hours 33 minutes.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The BMX man

Two weeks ago it was insanely hot weather. My first cyclo-cross race of the season was in Manchester and with the temp at 29degrees it was basically an off road crit. As usual I only got my shit together at the last minute and never packed my bibshorts and top. This didn't really bother me cos I normally ride in my Levi's, but it did make me stand out from the skinsuits and lycra. As the laps went by some kids in the pits spotted my United t-shirt and started shouting for 'the BMX man'.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Inadequate runners

I'm doing the Liverpool Marathon on 9th October. Eight weeks ago I had to buy myself some new pumps to run in. I bought some Mizuno Wave Riders based on the funky sounding name which was as good a reason as any to me.
There is nothing fun about running long distances and the state of me after doing an 18 mile run doesn't fill me with confidence for doing 26 miles.