Here you’ll find comments, news, reviews and lots of inane ramblings about sports, especially cycling and rugby, along with occasional comments about a myriad of other sports and a rant about that blind fecker of a referee the other night.

I live in Dublin, Ireland, and like many Irish people I’m a sports fanatic, and have been as long as I can remember. My current sports are rugby, sailing and cycling at the moment, though I’ve been known to do a triathlon, try my hand at climbing and descending a sheer rock face on Achill Beg, I really enjoy kayaking (how we got out to Achill Beg!) and I’ve run a mini marathon or two.If you see this man approach with caution!!

Spectator-wise I will watch anything that moves, from football (that means gaelic football in this country) to Aussie rules to NFL to cricket to baseball to ice-hockey to that cross-country skiing and shooting event whatever it’s called to … well you get the picture. I’m not a big fan of horse racing boxing or curling for some reason, but I’ll watch ’em too if they’re on tv.

I’m a stadium steward with the IRFU so I can get in to all the really big matches and have the best view in the house for 90% of the game, then head down to pitchside and watch the last couple minutes from ground zero. The downside? Having to show up 3 hours before kick-off and stand around (especially in the cold, out of the sun West Stand).He don't look so scary now...

As of this writing (Oct 06) I’ve become a real cycling fanatic. It started a couple of years back when I needed to buy a new bike to get to work on, to replace my old commuting piece of cr@p. After asking lots of questions of the good folks over at bikeforums.net I eventually bought myself an entry level mountain bike.

It had crossed my mind during the process that it would be really cool to head over to France and do a camping tour on bike, so without much difficulty I signed my cousin up to be my partner. After a fantastic 2 & 1/2 week tour along the Loire, I was hooked.

I’ve also chronicled my own attempt to complete as many of the 14 days of the Cycle Against Suicide as possible.

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  1. The team at “The Bicyclist” web series in Portland would like to invite you and your friends to tune into their show, if you haven’t already. The series, which is up to episode #28, follows the rivalries, romances and misadventures of five unlikely free-wheeling friends whose lives intersect through The Recyclery, an actual bike shop on Portland’s Eastside. Along the way, they cross paths with a host of quirky characters simply known as Demon SUV, DUI Rider, Bike Commuter Guy, the Weekend Warriors, Picka Lock, Five Finger Discount, Super Deluxe Rider, and the Lady Dive Bombers. There’s also guest appearances by such local PDX bike legends as The Belligerantes (an all-Schwinn bike gang) and The Sprokettes (a world-famous all-girl bike dance troupe), and a new website at http://www.TheBicyclist.tv, with a bigger player to watch it. THANKS!

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