CSP_2371Location. Riders Cycle Centre on a Friday afternoon 2 days before the 2013 Etape Du Dales.

Andrew collects his Trek road bike and ask’s if I am taking part in the Etape.

Not this year. Not for me. Get’s a bit repetitive and monotonous when you know the roads and what torture lays ahead, so I think I’ll miss this one out thanks“.

Pity. Just heard Jon has withdrawn so his place is available

“Oh okay then. I’m in“.

Do you want a lift from Haworth to the start and a lift back

Cheers but I think Ill ride there and home

As an old respected friend once said “You can take the Rider out of the race but you can’t take the racer out of the Rider