Usually the first of the three Grand Tours, the 2020 Giro d’Italia gets underway this month after being rescheduled amidst the coronavirus pandemic. While the startlist is still yet to be confirmed, we do know that last year’s winner Richard Carapaz won’t be defending his title, as the Ineos Grenadiers’ cyclist rode at the recent Tour de France and instead, the British team will be pinning their hopes on Geraint Thomas.
I have adopted a new hobby; sketching. I mentioned this a few weeks ago and have been busy sketching ever since. Today, I even made a short film about sketching and have called it, rather unimaginatively, A Short Film About Sketching. There’s some coffee in there too as well as a bit of walking. Just watch the thing!
Last night I gave an online talk to the Halifax Rotary Club here in West Yorkshire. Usually, my talks are all-singing, all-dancing when it comes to the visuals but after experiencing issues with streaming video and complex graphics during online Zoom talks earlier in the year I took a more simple approach. The last ten years of my life was paired down to 30 static slides. Here is the what the Rotarians saw. You’ll have to fill in the commentary for yourselves…
“It has been months since I finished this book and I’m only now getting round to blogging about it. This is the second book that I’ve read by Andrew; the first was all about crossing Europe. This book he also crosses Europe, but from the southernmost point in Spain to the most northerly point in Norway, a distance of 8,000km.
I noticed earlier that Ryan Van Duzer – subject of the most recent episode of The Cycling Europe Podcast had interviewed two people involved in the making of this film; Pedal Through. You can watch the film below. Worth 15 minutes of your time. Cycle touring continues to be a very white-dominated activity. Endeavours such as this might help nudge the imbalance in a good direction.
Originally scheduled to take place in April, Belgium’s premier cobbled classic has been nudged back slightly to accommodate a new cycling calendar. Now, on 18 October, the men shall race 241 km, and the women will compete over 135 km. The final circuits including Oudenaarde, Paterberg, and Oude Kwaremont still making up the shortened Tour of Flanders.