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'As hard as it gets': Why I put my body through the ringer in unsupported races

I have ridden hundreds of kilometres through heavy rainfall on unsealed desert roads. I’ve slowly picked my way through heavy, sticky mud, being careful not to destroy my bike. I’ve had to wade across a chest-deep river at 3am to keep moving forward. I’ve crashed countless times leaving my knees and elbows raw.  Unsupported racing is as hard as it gets. You need to carry all you need to survive. Water, food, tools, clothing, sleeping gear etc. You have no support car, no first aid, no massage at the end of a long…

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Ben Stokes goes through his paces at Durham as wait continues

The England all-rounder is awaiting the conclusion of a police investigation Friday, November 17, 2017 Ben Stokes is training at Durham while his international exile continues. The England all-rounder was unable to make the plane for the Ashes tour as he awaits the conclusion of a police investigation. Stokes is waiting to hear if he will be charged with causing actual bodily harm after a late-night fracas in Bristol in September. But, while his England team-mates have had to adjust to life on tour without their talismanic vice-captain, the 26-year-old…

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News: Oman Air signs through fare partnership with Flybe

It is now possible to fly from the Isle of Man, and seven other regional airports, to Oman, thanks to Oman Air and Flybe’s new through fares. Building on the success of Oman Air’s double daily flights from London Heathrow and the new daily flight it launched from Manchester Airport in May 2017, Oman Air is now working with Flybe to offer through fares from regional airports via both hubs, plus one via Paris. Guests can book the through fares from the following UK airports; Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Exeter,…

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Brazil Grand Prix: Victory for Vettel as Hamilton charges through field to finish fourth

Lewis Hamilton delivered a world champion’s fightback from last to fourth in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel won for the first time since the summer break after he edged past pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas with a gutsy move at the opening corner. But it was Hamilton’s sensational canter through the field which stole the show at the penultimate round of his title-winning year.  The Briton, who even led the race at one stage, took the chequered flag just 0.8 seconds adrift of third-placed Kimi Raikkonen. The 32-year-old Englishman started from…

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Danny Rose expresses gratitude to Mauricio Pochettino and Gareth Southgate as he struggled through injury

Danny Rose visited Mauricio Pochettino’s house and had dinners with Gareth Southgate as he struggled through his eight-month injury nightmare. Rose made his first Premier League appearance since January 31 against Crystal Palace on Sunday after recovering from a knee injury that required surgery in May. He said “there are no words” to describe the frustration he felt on the sidelines and his future was thrown into doubt in August, when Rose criticised the club’s approach to transfers. However, Rose made a public apology and appears to have been forgiven…

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Rovos Rail: A Tasting Trail through Africa

It’s a dream bucket-list trip if ever there was one, traversing the bulk of Southern Africa on one of the last remaining truly luxurious trains. On the pine-green Rovos Rail coach, you’re surrounded by polished mahogany panels and shiny brass, smart, muted florals and plaid as the 3,500 miles (5, 633 kilometers) whoosh by over 15 days of delicious dining and pampered service. You can embark on the journey from Cape Town (South Africa) or Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) – it runs both ways – with entertaining excursions and stays at well-appointed…

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