>I was supposed to ride the VTTA ’25’ at Marlow today, but a combination of a slight cold, rain and a breeze meant that I got up at 6am and went straight back to bed. Earlier in the season I’d have turned up and ridden but, truth to tell, I’m tired. I used to race from the last week of February until the first weekend of September but the season now runs December to October. I’m beat.

Next weekend I have a ‘just for fun’ 2 up 10m TT and the weekend another ’25’ on the Marlow course. That’s it then until the Imperial RT Winter Series starts at Hillingdon in December. I must get my winter training bike built up.