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The Shindig

There’s an old saying in the Barter household that goes something along the lines of “Dave you bleeding idiot what on earth do you think you are doing?”. It’s been wielded on many an occasion by blood relatives and friends

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The Wessex Ridgeway

The Bearbones 200 is looming on my event horizon in less than two months. The simplest way to describe the event is “hard”. Set off from a Welsh location with your bike, ride 200 kilometres of serious hills and try

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The Highland Trail 550

What’s your greatest fear about growing old? incontinence? senility? wrinkles? the smell of mothballs? Saga holidays? or maybe that you’ll find yourself trying to impress an iPad touting grandchild with a Werther’s Original?  I don’t fear any of these, in

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A Taster.

In 2012 and 2013 I published two books having chucked in my job and deciding that I needed to do something a little more worth while instead. During that period I kept a blog covering the ups and downs of

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The Greatest LEJOG Route Ever

Since writing Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder I have had numerous requests for the route I rode during my second Lands End to John O’Groats ride. Helen and I are still working on an eBook to fully describe the adventure and

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Things I Will Never Be

First in a proper bike race Immaculate and graceful Stoked, about anything Organised and equipped 100% sure of current location Focused upon a single objective An “A” road rider A one bike man Maintenance free Silent An enemy to other

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The perfect cycling Xmas gift

Christmas is almost upon us. I know this because my online world has become completely filled with a series of clever phishing attacks attempting to deprive me of cash in return for gifts for the cyclist. Fridays are the worst,

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My fight against davizms

A few weeks ago I took a bit of a twitter bashing. I hasten to add that this has nothing to do with Alfred Hitchcock and everything to do with social networking. My twitter inbox was momentarily lit with a

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Choice of weapons – motorist encounter

Not long after the dawn of humanity man invented weapons designed to hurt each other. It probably happened around a fire one night when a furtive caveman/cavewoman glance did not go unnoticed. A discarded mammoth pelvis would have quickly upgraded

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The Rules

There are many defining features that separate us from other species. We are clearly distinguishable from fish by our lack of fins and ability to walk down stairs rather than flop aimlessly at the top of them (although I’ve seen

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