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London girl. Cyclocross and novice road racer. Singer. Flute player. Pelota writer. Good at the Stern Librarian Glare. Loves Basques.

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  • Cycling Intxausti, Boonen, Moser, Txurruka, Anton, Izagirre x2, Stybar, Viviani, Kittel
  • Soccer Athletic Bilbao
  • Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund
  • EPL Couldn't care
  • Winter Olympics Biathlon France!
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Where is the Podium Cafe flag? \o/ \o/ \o/

Next weekend, a deputation from the Cafe (myself, Sarah Connolly, tgsgirl and Urlaub...and maybe a couple of others) will be at the CX Worlds in Koksijde. We have wellies, we have buckets and...


What Albertina and her Camera saw at Loenhout and Bredene, or, Crossmas Part 1!

Once again, I forfeited sun, sea and sand this Christmas week for mud, sand, and….mud. My friends think I’m weird. Maybe I am. Anyway, I spent a week at The Chainstay in Oudenaarde for the second...

I enlisted Styby's rather taken-aback brother in law to take this today. Not very flattering of me...


I enlisted Styby's rather taken-aback brother in law to take this today. Not very flattering of me but what the heck ;)



Albertina <----- off work, sick. I didn't pick a bad day, did I?! The Koppenberg is the first race of eight in the Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee series, which was won last year by His Svenness, from...

So much hottitude that I simply don't know what to do


I could actually have compiled this myself. Excellent choices (ie, much Basqueness!). Make sure you look through ALL SEVEN PAGES!

Albertina races! Before she went head first into the bramble patch....


Albertina races! Before she went head first into the bramble patch....


Albertina and Barbie Barbie (plus Mr and Mrs Majope) go to the Tour of Britain

There have already been some fabulous reports of the Tour of Britain, so I hope I am not reinventing the aero-wheel here and that you lovely people will actually look at my humble photographic...


Who's going to be at the Tour of Britain on Sunday, and who wants beer?

No idea how I'm going to make this post long enough to merit being a fanpost, as I just want to ask one simple question: who's going to be in London on Sunday watching the Tour of Britain finale?...


Albertina at the Vuelta, Part 2: of the Urkiola, Pelota Fame and a Hug for Beñat Intxausti

NB, I kindly request that you read Part 1 first! Our plan for Stage 20, which ran from Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz, was to do the double whammy of start and Urkiola. This involved walking from our...


Albertina at the Vuelta, Part 1: of Cantabrian Mountains and Igor Anton

I am writing to you from a dull and dingy office in south west Essex, and am mournful of visage, for there are no mountains here, no white farmhouses with red roofs, no pintxos, no txakoli and no...

Soler taking his first tentative steps


Revista Mundo Ciclistico reports on Juan Mauricio Soler's progress; he is starting to walk again. A long road ahead, but this is fabulous news. Animo!

Your Basque Correspondant brings you a pure piece of Carrot joy. Some of you may have seen this...


Your Basque Correspondant brings you a pure piece of Carrot joy. Some of you may have seen this before, but I rediscovered it today, and it still amuses me as much as ever. For their 2010 New Year's Eve ride, the Euskie boys decided to have some fun. The result is ridiculous. For more photographic gems, go here.


What Albertina's Camera Saw at the Olympic Test Race

  Something was afoot in London and surrounds yesterday. What was this? The citizens of leafy Surrey were unable to get out of their drives to buy a pint of milk, as they had done every Sunday...


Rest Day Hottitude! Cos it had to be done, right?

tgsgirl informed me recently that she has NEVER been party to a Hottitude Thread. Can you believe that?! I coulnd't either. But it would appear we haven't had one in far too long. Perhaps since...


Why I love cyclists

I love cyclists. Every Movistar rider except Rojas crashed during stage one, and they went on a nice team outing to the hospital. The two worst off were Basque debutant Beñat Intxausti (horribly...

Leukemans' 'extra-sporting goal' for Le Tour


Het Nieuwsblad peeks into Leukemans' suitcase and finds some interesting Tour reading, for the man who blamed his testosterone positive on the testers interrupting a romp...

Live 6 Day Racing, THIS WEEK!


Elia Viviani was talking about this on Twitter last night, and kindly sent me the above live streaming link (happyface!). It's the 6 Giorni delle Rose, an outdoor 6 day, with a pretty decent field, including Elia and Jacopo Guarnieri who are leading after the first night. Coverage tonight from 20:45 CEST. I plan to watch, assuming it works...

Jetse Bol to Rabobank Pro Team for 2 Years


Kinda saw this one coming a mile off, but it's excellent news for Cafe correspondant Jetse! Proficiat!


Albertina's Tour Series Photo Album

Over the past few weeks, the UK has been showered with elite crit racing, in the form of the Tour Series, an eight round team series contested by eight top teams, including Rapha Condor Sharp,...


The U25 Project: Gorka Izagirre Insausti

Nestling in a verdant valley on the road between Besain and Zumarraga is the small town of Ormaiztegi. Water is very much a theme in this typically Basque habitation, full of white painted...


Training with Horizon Fitness in Italy, or, Albertina’s ambitious attempt to hold onto the coat tails of the pros

Many of you will have picked up on the fact that I was in Italy last week. Did you miss me on the live threads, yelling at Tommeke and my Beloved Beñat through the medium of the keyboard? I feel...


News Flash! Albertina has a new bike! And it needs a name!

Yep, the cycling stork has brought me a new baby. She is shiny black, she is carbontastic, she wears Ultegra. But I cannot decide upon a name (don't tell me I'm the only one who gives bikes...

Did somebody say....Benna?!


Sorry. I couldn't resist. With thanks to the brilliant Kristof Ramon. May the 'lanche commence!


Getting a bike to Italy in one piece...help!

Right, now, I am going to Italy in April, on the Horizon Fitness training camp. I need to take my beautiful pearly white Bianchi with me. I do not own a bike box. I've discussed options with a few...

Photo from CN by Shane Goss Sprinter Andrea Guardini, a 21-year old neo-pro from Farnese-Vini...

Photo from CN by Shane Goss Sprinter Andrea Guardini, a 21-year old neo-pro from Farnese-Vini Neri Sottoli, has just won five stages of the Tour of Langkawi, that's five of his first ten professional races. I know it's 'only' Langkawi, and he'll be tested rather more against i bigs in Qatar, but you can only beat who is put in front of you, and by all accounts he was winning with ease. When was the last time a neo-neo-pro did something comparable...?

Albertina does Cross-mas in Belgium (and Luxembourg!), Part 2: Petange and Tervuren

Grand Prix Hotel Threeland, Petange You would like more cross pictures? Yes you say? Oh ok then. Our intrepid racers Gabby, Shaun, Davy and Craig, had a day off after Bredene. New Year’s Eve was a...


Albertina does Cross-mas in Belgium, Part 1: Diegem, Loenhout and Bredene

 I love Belgium. Most people seek the sun in winter, but I seek the mud, the snow, the cold and the rain, the frites, the beer, the stofvlees, and the screech of cantilever brakes on sodden rims....

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