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H. G. Wells

1st Delia Beddis, ViCiOUS Velo
2nd Claire Beaumont ViCiOUS Velo
3rd Anett Deli Cycle Lab
Herbs next to a microwave
  • You can use the microwave to dry basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, chives or parsley. 
  •  Take the leaves off the stalks and discard any damaged leaves. 
  • Wash and pat dry the leaves with kitchen paper (not recycled kitchen paper as there may be metal traces). 
  •  Place one type of herb on a sheet of kitchen paper on a microwave-safe-plate and cover with another sheet. 
  •  Microwave for 30 seconds, full power. 
  • Check and repeat again until the herbs are dry - they should crumble easily. 
  • Small leaves dry quickly, so take care not to burn them. 
  •  Store in an airtight container for up to a year

Attack of the bulbous head.

I just happened upon Tim Kemple, a photographer whose adventure photography makes me want to grab a pair of Berhaus waterproof trainers, a hiking pole and get climbing.

Pre ride / post ride / race / post race picks for CX season 2013/14


Fiasco woollen hat (http://www.fiascociclismo.com)
Fiasco neck warmer
Use: Pre race warm up, post race podium time

Mac-in-a-Sac (£8.99) lightweight waterproof trousers. Get them from 'The mountain warehouse' don't get wet legs and a muddy butt in doing warm up laps. A must for CX put dwellers.
Use: Race 

Rapha trio: new & improved Rapha rainjacket in purple. Super close fit, super waterproof and looks good. Nice feel. 

Rapha long sleeve merino base layer.  
Use: Extremely cold training days, post race car journeys

Rapha Souesse jersey in blue - a real beaut of a jersey. Been wearing it on most training rides recently, layer up underneath when it's cooler or go short sleeve base layer underneath if your doing hill reps. The fit is superb and brushed material is both lightweight and insulative.
Use: Training rides 

Rapha Winter socks - blue - silky soft snug and toasty
Use: Darkest winter training rides, post race car journeys 

Rapha merino glove liners - I rock these under waterproof shells for insulation in the freezing wet and muddiest CX conditions. 
The liners are supple, close fitting and cozy without being bulky but if you do need protection in from wind chill creeping into the minus values the liners will serve as a perfect additional layers 
Use: Darkest winter training rides, pre race warm up

New Vicious Velo skinsuit - Bio Racers fabric use a pro mesh fabric in this skinsuit and it's is really good. Unlike solid basic Lycra it doesn't stretch and lose its form as easily. The fabric holds its form and shapes around my arms and upper body. Snagging on trees, bits of bike when shouldering is almost impossible to do. 
Use: Race, where it counts most!

Rapha mesh merino base layer - when you need a long sleeve but you don't want to wear a full merino thick base layer. Perfect winter training ride layer and race wear in the depths of winter. Low volume so I can fit neatly beneath the close fitting skinsuit.
Use: Race

Rapha Pro Team Jacket - I wear a small. Probably should have got an XS. 
It's a slightly thicker rain resistant men's version of the Soupleese. Ideal for pre race course warm and for waiting on the start line. Warm jacket for when your handing  back your number post race.
Perfect for intense training ride when the temp plummets below 5 degrees. 
Use: Training, pre race