Farewell my lovely

March 23, 2011


We move ever closer to the main event. I even checked the weather in Bruges today. Maximum temperature 14C, clear skies with a 4 mph NNE wind. Lovely. Yesterday morning I was greeted by a new post alert from the Trail Bike Journal which is penned by the fair hand of my good friend Mr […]

Posted in: Beer, Cycling, Training

The final countdown

March 15, 2011


By gum, I’ve been putting in the miles of late. I’ve been out round the ‘Chester Ring’ four times in the last week. The ‘Ring’ is a cycle path that takes in the environs of Chester and is fifteen miles in length. This is just a sprint run really but if the wind’s against you […]

Posted in: Beer, Cycling

Sail the plains

March 8, 2011


The old blogging isn’t going so well. At the moment I’m churning – I chose that word carefully as it best describes the act of writing in my case – out a blog every two weeks which works out at around 107 words per day. Rubbish. I will improve given time and encouragement… I wanted […]

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We’ll meet again II

February 23, 2011


I’m trying to get into the habit of writing more often but events outside of the blogosphere, bikes, Belgium and beer have conspired against me. Within the last week I left London for good, packed in my job and rode off into the sunset some call voluntary redundancy (VR). I’m now looking forward to finally […]

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Know ye the Cask?

February 4, 2011


Work-based issues – which I will write about another day – and a torn disc have dominated the last two weeks or so hence my tardiness post-wise. Before my back gave up the ghost, I managed to squeeze in a training run at a Belgium Acclimatisation Centre otherwise known as a pub that sells Belgian […]

Posted in: Beer, Belgium, Riders, Training

New Ale Theraphy

January 16, 2011


Forgive me, Lord, for I have sinned. It has been 10 days since my last post. Unfortunately, ill-health, back problems and the ever-present spectre that is work have all conspired to prevent me from posting. I have finally found some ‘capacity’ while I lie in bed after being incapacitated by the said back problem. While […]

Posted in: Beer, Belgium, Training

Witness the fitness

January 3, 2011


With the trip now becoming a reality, it was time to get real, as it were. My cycling and Belgian beer fitness levels are shockingly low so a serious fitness boot camp is in order. Over the next three months I intend to get lean, improve my fitness and build up some heavyweight Belgian beer […]

Posted in: Beer, Belgium, Cycling

Riders on the storm

January 1, 2011


So, who would make the list? What started out as five riders soon became seven, then six, before settling on four ‘definites’ with two ‘maybes’. So – cue drum roll – here is the list: Andy Tabberer (Me) Aliases: Topsy, Tabbs, ‘Our Glorious leader ‘ Profile: See about me for more details. Several people have […]

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If you plan it

December 26, 2010


If you plan it, they will come… Now my wife began to feel threatened by the time I was devoting to my research and, in particular, to the Good Belgium Beer Guide. Could a man love a book too much she would ask? Should he always take it to bed with him and carry it […]

Posted in: Belgium, Organising

From tiny acorns

December 24, 2010


From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow…. The idea for the Tour was sparked by the arrival of a large mystery package at Chez Tabberer several moons ago. After heaving this nondescript beast into the kitchen, I then set about opening the said mystery package. Nestling luxuriously inside was a connoisseur’s selection of Belgian beauties; […]

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