I've been getting out weekly for a long trail jog since the beginning of October. Taking the camera helps me keep the pace easy. Most of my running is done in La Foret de la Robertsau which is about 1km from my apartment. Although the forest, like most of Strasbourg, is completely flat there's plenty of soft, shady singletrack.Read More
Five Sticker Rides is based out of Strasbourg in the east of France. We create bike tours in the Vosges and Black Forest and Jura mountains that take triathlon training back to nature and simplicity. We pack light, carry all equipment in rear panniers and the camping format keeps cameraderie high and costs low. Enjoy steady riding days, lake swims, trail runs and the opportunity to toe the line at a local triathlon.
I wake up startled; my dream interupted. I'm going toe to toe with Mike Pigg. Our slapping, straight arm swimming styles keep us in contention out of the sea. We trade the lead on the bike, keeping the pace up to repel chasers. The run is a contradiction of styles. Mike, smashing his feet into the trail as if excavating gravel for a new real estate project.Read More
In June 2013, after nearly 25 years of triathloning, I sat in a Strasbourg café with a new pencil and fresh notepad. I’d had moderate success as an athlete in the nineties. Medals in national championships and race wins in the UK and France. However, I was now nearly 41 years old and for the last thirteen years my training had been stop - start and my fitness inconsistent.Read More
I wrote this about two years ago. Elliot is now five and we've added Etienne, nearly two, to the family. However, the information is still relevant and we're going through the whole process for the second time with a different passenger. Elliot now rides his bike while I jog. He has the endurance and patience for anything up to about 10km.Read More
...and we all pulled the trigger. Except that we couldn’t. Before the internet and live race feeds you had to wait until Tuesday morning before the Daily Telegraph printed the results of major races. It was August 1989 and my triathlon hero, Glenn Cook, had just finished second in the inaugural ITU Short Course World Championships in Avignon, France.Read More
I like to boost my bike fitness by pencilling in a short bike tour during the triathlon season. So why might you forgo the sun and comfort of a Training Camp in Lanzarote for the potentially muddy campsites of France or your local area.Read More