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IOMTT 2017 – Honour life’s opportunities to the full?

8th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

IOMTT 2017 – An entry that I did not want to write. Today saw the second and third deaths during races and practices at this year’s TT. Davey Lambert’s death having been confirmed by the ACU earlier today following his crash at Greeba Castle on Sunday, we saw two more riders die in crashes today,  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Use your mirrors!

4th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Rants & Raves

IOMTT 2017 – Earlier today I managed laps five and six, the first of which was the usual quiet lap with very little company, (notable primarily for a rather fine young hare who kept me company along through Crosby Leap). The second rated as the first, “proper”, lap – lots of other bikes, and we  [Read full post…]

IOMTT2017 – Ginny nettles well deserved!

3rd June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Rants & Raves

IOMTT 2017 – “And another, Rant Warning”, I’m afraid, plus some unpleasant anatomical information. Last night’s pinnacle of idiocy took the form of drunken yobs walking out on the closed track, “to see if the bikes are coming”! Between Knock Breck and Harold’s four men repeatedly walked out from the hedges and onto the race  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Ride Safe People!

1st June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Rants & Raves

IOMTT 2017 – “Am I getting even more curmudgeonly as time goes by?” Is a question I find myself posing ever more frequently – some of the standards of riding I see on the Island are stunningly subterranean. Riders coming toward you with full beam blinding you, (making it as difficult as possible to judge  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Mountain curcuit’s “Memory lane”

28th May 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

  IOMTT 2017 – My first full lap of the Mountain Circuit this year and an odd one it was too. Setting off at 05:10 in glorious sunshine, I was too late to avoid the bin lorries, delivery vans and early morning dog walkers. But, that first lap was memorable not for my learning about  [Read full post…]

Damn kids

23rd May 2017 by  in Daily Digest

I mentioned my plan to fight old-fartism with new music to Number Two Son. This was a mistake. He gave me a load of stuff to listen to. It was – without exception – utter rubbish. Scandinavian heavy metal. It was like being strapped down inside a foundry, with your head inside a tin dustbin, while  [Read full post…]

The Pre-Trip Trip… V2

16th May 2017 by  in Daily Digest, The Dex Files

Got the Pre-Trip Trip planned, booked, confirmed… and improved. The initial plan had been for a weekend ride up to the North York Moors. But after my trip with Noddy and Number One Son, heading higher up the Pennines and into the Lake District and back through the Yorkshire Dales, I’ve been lobbying the boys.  [Read full post…]

The pre-pre-trip-trip (trip)

8th May 2017 by  in Daily Digest

Well that was a great weekend. I was up early and heading north, meeting Noddy at Thurrock services (where I’d calculated the XR, which was on half a tank on Friday night) would be wanting more fuel at 7am. We met Number One Son at the Peterborough Services at 8:30. Then we went across country to the Peak District,  [Read full post…]

Walking wounded

16th April 2017 by  in Daily Digest, The Dex Files

Number Two son came round for dinner last night – allowing The Fair Lady Scully to mother him a bit after his crash. He seems fine and cheerful enough. The bike will be back to full fitness before him, but that’s fine. He’s fine. He just doesn’t look it. His bruises – all down one  [Read full post…]

Alright… I don’t have an H2

2nd April 2017 by  in Daily Digest

It suddenly occurred to me that yesterday was April Fool’s Day. I couldn’t think of a great joke – you know, like Scottish independence will see them staying in Europe, adopting the Euro and switching to driving on the right. The best I could manage was “I’ve bought an improbable bike”. Next year, I promise,  [Read full post…]

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