I’ve written (and spoken about on Mitch’s podcast) about my ‘on the road’ coffee before. It’s something that I have travelled with incarnations-of since 2011, but have never felt was interesting enough to share. However after so many questions and comments from listeners of the podcast, I took two minutes to lay it out here at the Vuelta. I’m no self-professed coffee snob. It is a simple bag of bits, but it works for me and more importantly, allows me to consistently control one key element of my mornings, no matter where in the world I find myself. From bottom […]
|2nd||GC, Tour of the Alps, 2.HC (2019)|
|1st||Stage 4, Tour of the Alps, 2.HC (2019)|
|1st||Stage 1, Tour of the Alps, 2.HC (2019)|
|2nd||Stage 16, Vuelta a España, 2.UWT (2019)|
|3rd||Stage 15, Vuelta a España, 2.UWT (2019)|
|5th||GC, Tour de Pologne, 2.UWT (2019)|
|5th||GC, Amgen Tour of California, 2.UWT (2018)|
|5th||GC, Vuelta a Burgos, 2.HC (2018)|
|13th||GC, Critérium du Dauphiné, 2.UWT (2018)|
|1st||British Road Race Championships U23 (2016)|
‘How was your ride?’ reads the message. I pause the podcast I’m listening to as I unscrew the tops of my bottles. The Font’s ‘aigua sense tractar’ dribbles away infront of me. It fills my bottles agonisingly slowly, perhaps aware I have little else to do today but ride my bike. The hours pass quickly, immersed in the work. Losing five minutes every hour seeking water, the occasional Snickers and a piss, ensures I am still out pedalling away when logically I should be home by now. It doesn’t really work like that out on the bike, as anyone who […]
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A few of Tao's favourite rides from the places he calls home
Café stop: Tea Rooms in Hatfield Heath, on the left as you enter the main village green. A loop combining some of the best of the Hertfordshire and Essex lanes.
- 115.1 km 1,056 m
- Good stop
Piet the Donkey
Café stop: at Mare De Deu Del Far - the lookout point at the dead end few km after top of the Col de Condreu.
- 146.2 km 2,316 m
- Feature: Piet the donkey (on left after passing 'Col de Condreu 1100m signpost) and the view from Mare De Deu Del Far
- Good stop
Café stop: Blackmore tea rooms (cash only). A pretty flat three hour jaunt dipping in to the Essex lanes from East London.
- 94.6 km 891 m
- Feature: tea cakes at the café
- Good stop
Watch out for the climb after the Dam, it's pretty steep! But keep in mind it's all downhill from there. Fill your bottles in the town of Amer as there aren't many chances for a while after.
- 102.4 km 1,804 m
- Feature: the dam!