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Peter Roberts
Now retired and taken up new hobbies of cycling and photography
Now retired and taken up new hobbies of cycling and photography


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The Derby Mercury RC All Inclusive Social Picnic Ride
I was told that ' The Picnic Ride ' used to be an institution within Derby Mercury but had not been held for a I thought I would see if I could revive it. The aim was to make it truly ' All Inclusive '  from youngsters up to Old Age Pensioners lik...

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Belisha Goes Exploring
The vast majority of my cycling is done on my Mercian and my Giant...however I do have another bike, a Brompton the colour of a Belisha Beacon.  I acquired this from one of my sons who had originally bought it to commute to work in London but decided he pre...

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The Inaugural All Inclusive Social Derby Mercury Audax
2 July 2017  Remember this day. This was the day of the Inaugural All Inclusive Social Derby Mercury Audax. A 100km cycle ride in the sun around the lanes of Derbyshire and Leicestershire And it WAS inclusive and it WAS very social. Around 40 cyclists with ...

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Mercian Vincentore Special..the Prince of Bikes
Just looking back  I came across was 5 years ago now and I had just taken ownership of it as a 65th Birthday Present to myself My Mercian Since that day it has carried me over 30 000 km and given me so much pleasure I had just started cycling then ...

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Derby Mercury All Inclusive Social- Part 3
Obviously the first two Social Rides were not only a social success but also a great training exercise for many cyclists.   The previous rides had attracted between 35-40 riders but today's event was reduced in number to around 24 cyclists.. The onset of th...

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Derby Mercury All Inclusive Social - Part 2
Following the great turnout for the January Social, I offered to lead a Spring Social to celebrate my 70th Birthday.  The initial ride in January had left a number of cyclists gasping for breath and in need of urgent succor, so I emphasized that this outing...

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The Derby Mercury First All Inclusive Social Ride
The normal
weekend rides attract just a dedicated few and so there was a discussion to
introduce an extra ride; an all inclusive Social Ride suitable for children to
pensioners, for tea shop tourists to racers, for mothers to grandparents. And
so our ever a...

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Review of the Year - 2016
This has been for me a good cycling year. The annuity distance target  was achieved with ease, and indeed, I managed to cycle further in a year than I have ever done previously.                                       Total Distance   7078 km                 ...

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The Hills Are Getting Steeper
As I am rapidly approaching my 70th birthday I have noticed a remarkable geographical fact; hills are becoming much steeper and are lengthening in duration!  I may well send this remarkable insight to National Geographic for their education. To counteract t...

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Derby Mercury 78th Anniversary Ride
I think there is a feeling amongst cyclists at large that cycling clubs are only for the super fit, with a concentration upon Time Trialing, Road Racing and hurtling around a velodrome at insane speeds. Others of course prefer to spend their winter afternoo...
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