Farewell my lovely

March 23, 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Posted in: Beer

Know ye the Cask?

February 4, 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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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Posted in: Organising, Riders

If you plan it

December 26, 2010

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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

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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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