Mountain Bike Shenanigans

News from the Island
August 8th, 2004

I suspect that this is only possible in Switzerland. They do guard their Borders, although it’s probably a good thing by the looks of this.

It’s hot, humid and the weather is changeable. I’ve been chained to a computer tapping away on a keyboard and not getting out and riding much. Well except for Tuesday night’s crashfest. I hit the deck a a fair tilt and am now healing up nicely. That was the first fall of three and the ‘midget almost disappeared down a great big hole. It was a classic night. Ben took some photos.

A few folk from Guernsey made what for them was an epic trip up to Fort William for the Nationals. There is a report here, but here’s the detail:

Jimmy Carling said the World Cup mountain-bike course at Fort William in Scotland had given him the bike ride of his life. Carling finished 10th at the National Championships from a field of 30-plus top UK riders. But riding the course was the big attraction, said the Guernsey rider. ‘Because it was a World Cup course I wanted to ride it and it was the best I’ve ever ridden. ‘We had a 12-to-13min. climb out of the main arena and at least a 10-minute descent back down. It was an awesome course.’

Good effort chief. I rode with Jimmy when I was over in the Channel Islands last year and he’s certainly got the skills to pay the bills.

This is the Miller fiasco. I’ve heard enough. Game over for that man.

And finally there’s an interview with Keith Bontrager over at Cyclingnews.

Air Con
August 2nd, 2004

It’s been hot in the office recently. We tried leaving the door open. We tried a fan. Then we scored an air conditioning and dehumidifier unit. This is the result. Brown parcel tape is a key integral component of the structure.

A quick lesson:

‘A model must both maintain and surprise. As a garment, it observes certain rules; as a dress, it transgresses them with insolence. It allows audacity within tradition’ – Christian Dior.

I worked back in the shop on Saturday. It was fairly weird being back there for about five minutes and then it was like I’d never left. Dom was proud to demonstrate some some Prestwich Haute Couture in two modes: ‘Under knee‘ and ‘Nora Batty‘. I think he’s been reading too much Cosmopolitan.

Word from Norfolk is that my partner for SITS in a couple of weeks has been commuting on a fixed road bike. I hope his knees are up to that first lap run. Here’s the latest from the Westfielder:

From: Jed
Subject: Woof

I found this hilarious….. but then I would.


A sniffer dog died from an overdose after searching a suspect car.  The Springer spaniel became ill after searching a field and car in Preston, Lancashire. The seven-year-old dog, called Todd, was searching a field and car for suspected amphetamines.

His handler, Pc Roger Moore, took Todd to the vets after he started panting heavily and began to have fits, but he died several hours later. A spokesman for Preston’s dog unit said Pc Moore and his family were devastated by Todd’s death.

“He (Todd) lived with them and they would all go for walks with him – he was their dog,” Sergeant Peter Crane told the Daily Mirror.  “He’s going to be very difficult to replace, but police work is dangerous and unfortunately Todd has become a casualty.” Todd had been working as a sniffer dog for five years. From here –,,30000-13177736,00.html

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