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CYCLING VACATIONS … OR NOT March 18, 2008

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My wife and I started going to the Tour de France in 2001 to support a fellow cancer survivor, not long after I was diagnosed. It was less about cycling and more about supporting a friend and raising awareness about a disease that affects so many people in the world.

Our first day on the side of a mountain was spent with a loud fanatical group, which we became friends with, Chechu’s fan club. We cheered, sang, laughed, ate and drank together, and for the next four years met them on the side of a mountain and did it all over again.

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DEATH OF A FORUM March 12, 2008

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So The Paceline’s forum is offline. The message says it’s a temporary cessation. Realistically though, why would they bring it back?

I’ve watched this forum on and off since it launched in the summer of 2007, and occasionally participated. It was once a creative talking shop for Discovery fans and often good source for hot information.

There were lots of good people hanging around, enjoying their club, and I believe genuine friendships were made.

In recent months, however, the forum was scuppered by this friendship.

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LONG WAY ROUND … KAZAKHSTAN March 1, 2008

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5187mjabp7l_aa240_.jpgIn 2004, Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor began a twenty thousand mile trip by motorcycle around the world, travelling through Europe, Mongolia, Russia, Canada, USA and … Kazakhstan, home of Team Astana’s major sponsors.

On the road to Almaty, Ewan McGregor’s celebrity was big news. For the local officials, this was a photo opportunity too good to miss. The pair were pursued by paparazzi, endured countless local police escorts and were treated to folk singing in national costume.

Fermented camel’s milk was served, “fizzy like carbonated goats’ yoghurt”.

Although the roads invariably disappeared, becoming rocky tracks, or simply mud, the landscape was magnificent.

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