Love Letters to Lycra 7 – Wife’s guide to Le Tour

Image credit: Veeral Patel

Aaaaand off we go…. from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th 2015, every cycling and armchair travel nut will be glued to the 102nd Tour de France. For us Aussies, down here at the far eastern end of the International Dateline, the European race timing is a little antisocial and like Rohan Dennis, it’s important we …

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Love Letters to Lycra 1


This morning I stepped out of bed in the dark, padded towards the bathroom and trod in something squishy. It was soft and it squelched. As I stepped away it wrapped itself around my ankles and toes, and held on. How it made its way to me I don’t know because its type is usually confined to …

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Love letters to Lycra 6 – Pain in the rain

photo credit  @chainreactionau

The rain has just stopped bucketing down in ten gallon drums. Sydney weather and her friends along the Eastern Australian Seaboard have been well and truly drunk on their own power, spraying their favours around like the fickle tarts they are. People have lost their lives, my thoughts are with their families. The elemental looseness has meant MAMILS, VOMITS …

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The boys

Rolls out of bed, fuggy with sleep. Are the kids up yet, thirsty, into the bathroom, lighter. She slips to the kitchen, fills the kettle, flicks the switch, didn’t clean the sink last night, the crown of the morning sun over the back fence, condensation on the window. Feet are cold. Pipes bang, footfalls on …

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Love Letters to Lycra 5 – to Men

We are none of us an island (photo

My phone pings, interrupting my thoughts. “I was behind “xxxx” on the last descent. He took it too wide, hit the grass, over the handlebars at 40kmh.” Heart jumps, heart stops. “Up and back on the bike within 30 seconds. Full forward roll.” Heart beats again. I won’t name the acrobat but I’m not at …

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