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Tour de France Trip: Day 6 – Marseille Time Trial

It was the penultimate day of the Tour de France, the time trial in Marseille. I awoke early and wandered down to the marina near the centre of town. At the waterside, they already had barriers set up along the course. There were people already milling about, so I wandered along the route searching for… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 6 – Marseille Time Trial

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Tour de France Trip: Day 4 – Col d’Izoard

I woke up in the morning earlier than before, with a bit of pain still in my legs, but I forced myself to get up and out of bed as quickly as possible. Today, the plan was to climb the Col d’Izoard, which would be the final mountain pass of this year’s Tour de France.… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 4 – Col d’Izoard

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Tour de France Trip: Day 3 – Col du Galibier

It was the second riding day of my Tour de France trip, and the first day that I would see the Tour en route. The race started in La Mure, and took in the Col de la Criox de Fer, Col du Telegraph and Col du Galibier before finishing on the descent into Serre Chevalier,… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 3 – Col du Galibier

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Tour de France Trip: Day 2 – Risoul

I woke in the couchette of my sleeper train, to find that it was already daylight, and we were rolling up a valley, with gorgeous and steep mountains on either side. The train puttered along slowly; the line was winding and steep, and rose through several tunnels. I spent the morning glued to the window… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 2 – Risoul

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Cycling · Research · Socialising

Week 41: First Year Report

The entire week was set with a single goal: complete my first year report. Every PhD student in the University has to complete some form of formal assessment at the end of their first year, usually in the submission of some report or review of progress. The report is usually written with some broad comments… Continue reading Week 41: First Year Report

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Week 36: UK General Election Debate in Cambridge

On morning of bank holiday Monday, I played a Real Tennis friendly against a guy named Paul, who told me that he was trying to convert from his squash skill to tennis. I played off a slightly lower handicap that I ought to have, and so lost 1-6, 2-6, 3-6. The following days were spent… Continue reading Week 36: UK General Election Debate in Cambridge

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