Helmets or no helmets?

The great helmet debate. The issue of whether helmets should be worn or not can trigger fierce opinions from both sides. Should the wearing of helmets be compulsory or always be a matter of choice, do they save lives or does a false sense of security increase the likelihood of being in an accident? I’m certainly not brave enough to enter into this discussion but … Continue reading Helmets or no helmets?

Giles Ripwell from the final stage.

Stage 8. London to London. My recap of the final stage of the Tour de of Britain comes a day late. TEAM wiggins had cause to celebrate after the end as our rider, a certain Mr Owen Doull finished third overall and ended up on, what they call in cycling competitions, ‘The Podium’. And by by jingos! Mr Wiggins-Sir can party! He introduced me to … Continue reading Giles Ripwell from the final stage.

Tour of Britain report from Giles Ripwell.

Stage 7. Fakenham to Ipswich. Today saw us ride through Suffolk and Norfolk known as the farming capital of England. The area produced the food for the Pharaoh’s of the country in the olden age. The gradual undulations in the terrain had quite a calming effect on me and I was about to dirft off as we passed near Banham Zoo when, ?!What the blinking … Continue reading Tour of Britain report from Giles Ripwell.

Tour de of Britain. Stage 6.

Stage 6. Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham. Today we started in Stoke-on-Trent which was built on the burial site of the first King of the Britons, a gentleman called Trent. We went through the Peak District so went over many climbs. The Peak District is often called ‘The heart of Britain’. Mr Bradley Wiggins-Sir told me that his heart is always in Britain and his blood runs … Continue reading Tour de of Britain. Stage 6.

Giles Ripwell from the Tour de of Britain.

Stage 5. Prudhoe to Hartside Fell. Today’s stage was the toughest so far as it had a summit finish atop Hartside Fell in Cumbria. The inclusion of this difficult finish and the absence of a time trial may scupper Mr Wiggins-Sir’s chances of winning the competition this year. He seems sure that Mr Froom and a fellow going by the name of Mr Davey Brailsford-Sir … Continue reading Giles Ripwell from the Tour de of Britain.

Tour of Britain stage 4 report

Stage 4. Edinburgh to Blyth. Today saw us start in Edinburgh, the location of the final of the recent Tour de of the Scotland won by the magnificent Raymondo Barr. The start up the royal mile had to be neutralised as cycling is done in kilometres and nobody would have known how far we would have gone. Then …. blimey! What a corker of a … Continue reading Tour of Britain stage 4 report

Stage 3. Cockermouth to Kelso.

Stage 3. Cockermouth to Kelso. Today we went from Cockermouth to Kelso. The less said about the start town the better don’t you think? It sounds like some of the words Mr Wiggins-Sir has been calling Mr Froome! Soon after leaving that place we passed the house of famous new romantic lyricist William Wordsworth and headed for Carlisle. Before going into Scotland the route roughly … Continue reading Stage 3. Cockermouth to Kelso.

Stage 2. Clitheroe to Colne.

Today’s stage took place mainly in the Pendle district of England. Famous for its mint cake, Pendle is also known for ‘The Pendle Witch Trials’ know locally as ‘The Race of Truth’. This quite macabre tale tells of 10 local folk being found guilty of practicing witchcraft! Pah, it’s all hocus pocus if you ask me! Seriously though, Mr Bradley Wiggins-Sir said that Mr Chris … Continue reading Stage 2. Clitheroe to Colne.

Tour of Britain report from Mr Giles Ripwell.

Giles Ripwell of TEAM wiggins has agreed to write a blog from the Tour of Britain. Stage 1. Beaumaris to Wrexham. Blimey! Here I am at the start of the Tour de of Britain about to commence a cycling competition for Bradley Wiggins-Sir’s TEAM wiggins. Here is my route guide: The start is in Beaumaris, which means beautiful potato, next to a lovely castle. Crikey! … Continue reading Tour of Britain report from Mr Giles Ripwell.