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Tour de France 2019: Stage 3 – Binche to Épernay

Bonjour!  The Tour comes back to France! In the beautiful Champagne region – chalky soils and sunny countryside, no wonder the wine fizzes here! The Tour also fizzed again today – with a brilliant ride from Julian Alaphilippe. He is a flamboyant rider – such style and daring. He wears a moustache like a Musketeer and one would imagine rides like one – if we were ever to see a Musketeer on a bike!  However you see it, this man is a breath of fresh air to the sport – he is full of daring and fun. A fab day’s…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 2 – Bruxelles Palais Royal to Brussel Atomium

Hello!  The second stage was a team time-trial around Brussels, which showed off all the teams to the crowds. The bar was set high from the outset, Team Ineos put in a beautiful, fast circuit. Such is their attention to detail, they organised their team numbers to run from 1 through to 8 as they descednded the podium at the start. The local police marshalling the crowds were so smart, almost seemed to stand to attention as they rode by, hence the title of my picture. All the teams processed and put in good laps but Ineos looked to have…

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Tour de France 2019 – Excited!

Bonjour! It’s July, it’s Tour time! Three weeks of absorbing racing through some of the finest scenery you’ll ever see. There will be crowds and flags and great spectacle along the way. The race begins in Brussels to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first win of Eddie Merckx, one of cycling’s greatest racers. It also marks one hundred years since the first award of arguably the most famous sporting trophies, the Yellow Jersey. It was first won by Eugene Christophe in 1919, who will wear it and eventually win it this year? It will be a great adventure finding…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 1 – Brussels to Brussels

Bonjour!  I have found the first week of this year’s Tour incredible, with exciting racing, twists and turns of fortune, the Yellow Jersey moving from one back to another. It’s been a great event so far. I am able now to post my pictures from each stage – even though I will be in the Lantern Rouge slot – I don’t mind – I have enjoyed the race as a fan which has been great. This year’s Tour de France paid homage to Eddie Merckx by holding the first two stages in Belgium – Brussels to be precise.  Merckx took…

Yellow fields of Whitby, by Maxine Dodd

Getting ready…

Hello!  It’s been a busy Spring time and a bit of a strange one – In the UK we had a heatwave in February, the warmest Easter on record and now we look forward to frosts and possibly snow at the start of May. It is the UK though, so we know to expect the unexpected. Speaking personally, it’s been a time of transition and reflection – I have recently had the urge to paint again – alongside working with favourite pens and watercolour. It’s a much slower process but very good. More on that to come in future posts…but…