MIPIM Ride – Day 6 – Aix to Cannes (183km)

So, today we finally actually made it to Cannes!  Only 183km today as we descended from Aix en Provence with a few brutal climbs thrown in for good measure.  And the sun finally came out! Everyone was excited but apprehensive to get out on the road with the promise of a tough but rewarding climb…

MIPIM Ride – Day 5 – Valence to Aix en Provence (243km)

Do you see what everybody in this photo has in common?  It’s that they’re all grimacing due to the pain from their nether regions!  At this stage, the sun has just come up and the parts of our body which come into contact with the saddle have yet to go completely numb despite the huge…

MIPIM Ride – Day 4 – Dijon to Valence (314km)

Today it was raining.  Very hard indeed.  Or, as the French say “Il pleut comme vache qui pisse”.  (A vache is a cow – you can translate the rest yourself!) Stage 1 set off from Dijon at 6am in the dark as usual.  Then the heavens opened in no uncertain terms.  On most cycle rides the…

MIPIM Ride – Day 3 (Reims to Dijon) 305km

Another early start in the dark at 6am.  But this time we watched the sun come up in the beautiful Champagne region. Unfortunately, as the landscape changed back to the more flat and featureless fields that are typical of Northern France, then the weather changed too.  There  was a strong headwind of about 20mph and…

MIPIM Ride – Day 2 (Calais to Reims)

As feared, today’s second stage – from Calais to Reims (309km!) was much more serious than yesterday’s jaunt through the Garden of England.  The honeymoon period was definitely over! We set off from our budget hotel at (5am UK time) and headed south into the countryside.  The main challenge became immediately apparent – a strong…

Cycle to MIPIM – Day 1

London to Calais We had a fantastic start today to the Cycle to MIPIM.  We met up at Central St Giles in London for the ‘Grand Depart’.  There was a lot of excitement and also trepidation. Here’s me with the lovely Jonny McKenna. The weather was fantastic and sunny.  It was quite windy, but this…

College Road, Dulwich

Gadzooks! It was cold this morning.  It was very icy on the quiet country roads of Sussex, but it was really beautiful as the sun came up.  Again, once I’d cleared Croydon, I aimed for the transmitter at Crystal Palace and descended down Gypsy Hill into Dulwich. The house I was aiming for is on…

Six Pillars, Sydenham Hill

The jury is out on my new white seatpost.  Even if it looks quite good when photographed in front of a cool modernist building, it does look a bit strange otherwise.  My friend Oliver suggested that I should wear white lycra shorts to go with it!  However, everybody knows that only pro cyclists can get…

Pioneer Health Centre, Peckham

The gentrification of Peckham continues apace.  But sometimes in peculiar ways.  This house, “15 and a half Consort Road”, is a very interesting infill development close to Peckham High St.  Judging by their vehicles, the residents are probably even more interesting than their house.   Following google maps to my destination I wasn’t sure I’d…

Ortus, Camberwell

They say it’s not always a good idea to meet your heroes.  In this case that is partly true. I’ve used the Ortus Building in Camberwell  by Duggan Morris as a precedent study in discussions with a couple of clients, but I have never had the chance to visit it until now. The building is…