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Stubborn & Determined

My cycling adventure; the journey from watching, to doing. Oh and some other adventures too.

About Me

I want to be the best I can be

I’m 48. 167cm. 57kgs. Scottish. I’m pretty ordinary.

But I compete. Every day. With myself. I push that little bit harder. Hurt that little bit more. Sleep that little bit less. Eat that little bit healthier. Small wins accumulate to big wins and I’m all over that.

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…if you, like me, enjoy the sport

I’m a novice rider, but everyone was once. I enjoy doing it. Watching it. Talking about it. Reading about it. Learning about it. It’s great fun, cheap(ish) and it keeps me fit. What. Is. Not. To. Like?

…if you think you are too old to start

You are never too old to be the person you want to be. I read once that its not about climbing the whole staircase, its about taking the first step. Something like that anyway. But. It. Is. So. True. Go for it.

…if you can smile in the crazy face of life

This crazy thing called life throws us some helluva challenges. If you can smile, maybe even laugh in the face of them; not take it all too seriously; Maybe. You. And. I. Can. Be. Friends.


by some inspirational humans

You are one ride away from a good mood.

Sarah Bentley

A bicycle ride round the world begins with a single pedal stroke.

Scott Stoll


Latest Posts

Twenty Twenty One; Done ✅

On the first of January 2021, I set myself a few challenges. These ranged from baking cakes to learning new recipes. Studying to reading. Yoga to cycling. Some I have achieved, others not so much. Life just got in the way. One of them however was to cycle 5,200 kms over the course of the…

Been. Done. T-shirt. Cycling shirt actually.

Despite COVID, social distancing, a few false starts and two postponements, in August 2021 I succeeded in achieving my goal of completing the Etape Loch Ness Sportive. 106 kilometres, tens of them arduous, 1200+ metres of climbing, one monster akin to a horror movie, 3000+ riders, wind, rain and some sunshine, surrounded by some of…

One Way Ticket to Procrastination Station

I’ve done literally nothing for the last two weekends. Visited friends. Met my niece for coffee. That is the sum activity total. Oh yes and baked a chocolate cake and chocolate fondants which have been completely and selflessly devoured. Cycling? Nil pointe Actually any exercise. Nil pointe Big fat fail. Adding insult to injury… Studying,…

Snug Bug Rug

Yes, we all know enough to recognise the phrase, but is there anything better after a hell of a day than having a bath, doing a face pack, putting a hot water bottle in bed, putting on my favourite pyjamas and getting into my wonderfully comfortable bed? I know there is, but this is definitely…

Struggle Schmuggle

So after my struggles to get back in this funny old game again, I signed myself up to a training plan with my training app of choice, Sufferfest, now Wahoo SYSTM (btw not sure I like the new format, but I’ll probably get used to it around the same time as they change it). Three…

Gift That Keeps on Giving

I’m a great believer in experiences, not things. Go places. See things. Make memories. When I’m gift buying, I’m more inclined to buy a concert ticket or a meal out, than I am to buy a hand cream. The gift is given. The glee is experienced. The countdown begins. The event nears closer. The details…

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch and share your experiences that would be great. Please contact me.