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14 Sep 2014
What a hot and dusty event! With no rain falling in weeks, occasional sunshine, temperatures nudging 20 degrees C and a strong breeze blowing, the 260 competitors were careful to keep sufficiently hydrated
06 Sep 2014
It was a warm day of racing on the Gloucester Park hill in Basildon, and most people had an enjoyable ride on the grassy climbs and descents.
Under 12's Race
Seniors / Juniors Race
25 Aug 2014
Despite a large field, calm conditions and strong riders, times were quite depressed for this morning time trial on the All in south Norfolk. Overall winner Paul Jay (Team Velo Velocity) thought that
23 Aug 2014
We found this large insect on the upper esplanade at Holland Haven in Essex. It seemed to have been trodden on at its rear, but was mostly in good condition.
It is around 40mm long, and looks like
17 Aug 2014
A rising westerly wind made life very difficult for the competitors, and took a good three minutes off the faster riders' times. This didn't stop Ipswich BC posting a new club record for the fastest
15 Aug 2014
House and Home
Hey it works! And it's as easy as it looks. I now have shiny new pennies (left) that used to be Old brown pennies (right). New ones are very coppery in person not so golden as picture). Tried a variety
14 Aug 2014
Now that the league is open for online registration, I thought it would be good to have a page of useful information about it.
Go sign up, you'll need to be a BC member. Go to The
30 Jul 2014
To make things easy for me, in case I ever need to start from scratch, here's everything that I've installed on my development Macbook:
Moom (for Window management)
20 Jul 2014
There were over 100 competitors in the annual North Walsham triathlon event. The 25-metre pool at the Victory Leisure Centre was used for the first 400m leg, followed by a 10-mile cycle on rolling roads
20 Jul 2014
Most of us have registered our details on multiple websites such as Facebook, eBay and Strava, and most of us will use only one or two passwords for all of them. This wouldn't normally cause a problem
09 Jul 2014
We usually lug our power supplies around with our laptop, don't we? I have a table here of some laptops and their weights, plus total weight including PSU. If you'd like to add one to the list, please
22 Jun 2014
Weather conditions were close to ideal for the small field of around 40 starters, although there were lots of moans about the recent gritting that had taken place a week earlier at the Bungay section
10 Jun 2014
Most trains in the UK have some quantity of allowed bike storage, but there are restrictions which will vary from one TOC (Train Operating Company) to another. If you want to ensure that there will
21 May 2014
Calm and dry conditions prevailed for all 60 riders in this evening time trial on the A11, despite threats of rain. The last couple of miles were a big of a slog, and times were a bit dented as a result
26 May 2014
This was an amazing event, organised by Activating CIC and involving lots of willing volunteers - notably Neil Turner and his young family!
One highlight of the day was the appearance of cycling
18 May 2014
Organisers, helpers and riders were glad to have a sunny day's riding from the word go. In fact, dehydration was the biggest risk - but there was plenty of food and water available at the two feed stations
17 May 2014
This tough event on a sporting course was set in bright sunshine and a light westerly breeze, so the only problems for the riders were fluids and sun burn.
Here's a video of some riders in action
10 May 2014
This was an excellent course, on a mixture of bridleways, lanes and old railway lines. There was plenty of standing water, mud and debris due to the wave of recent storms that has been rolling across
11 May 2014
This was the fifth and final stage of the first ever Tour of Britain for women, and it was amazing to watch - especially on the QOM hill climb at Hitcham.
I took the video (below) around half-way
04 May 2014
Iceni Velo's 2014 road race went smoothly on Sunday, with a large competitive field of riders making the most of fabulous conditions.
Here's some video that I took during the race:
28 Mar 2014
2048 is an addictive number-grid game where you have to push numbers together to make the biggest number possible: 2048!
Play it at github.io!
01 Mar 2014
Most entrants turned out for this early season tester, and there were a fair few spectators dotted along the route too. A light northerly breeze was officially a crosswind, but it didn't seem to present
23 Feb 2014
Actually you can't really know if it's ever worth the hassle. Cost wise the only additional expense is interest lost on the capital outlay (£400 for our rims+tyres). Because the winters wear down
20 Feb 2014
If you are a UK driver, here are some links that should be useful to you, to keep you and your car properly certified:
The DVLA's tax disc service www.gov.uk/taxdisc
MOT status check request motinfo
25 Jan 2014
Just in case I ever need to re-install Windows, here's a list of software I've installed (and settings I've tweaked):
pgAdmin - http://www.pgadmin
03 Jan 2014
Hargreaves Lansdown has teamed up with Moneyam Corporate Solutions to launch The Big Deal, a "Stock Market Challenge" game where you make virtual trades in a wide range of real companies and funds.
01 Jan 2014
Here I present a couple of ways to stop my HP laptop suddenly turning off when it's doing a lot of CPU-intensive work. It really is a shame that modern CPUs can't do their own power management so that
01 Jan 2014
House and Home
It is possible to get rid of the non addressed junk that is delivered by various companies, including Royal Mail.
Email your name and address to email@example.com, and they will send
29 Dec 2013
Conditions were bright and cool, with a light south-westerly breeze that wasn't much of a hindrance to the riders.
Womens' and Vets Race
Full results on the Eastern Cross website. There is
08 Dec 2013
Weather conditions were perfect and competition was fierce on this brand-new custom-built course at Trinity Park in Ipswich. The course was generally flat and grassy, but for extra enjoyment there was
View the event info page
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