Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2013/05/15 - 12:05pm
Best Of Elf
Dad and me were invited back for dinner so instead of finding a local restaurant we piled into the bus and Dad headed us via a slightly more scenic route back towards Wuppertal and beyond the extra mile or two to Mettmann.
"Dinner will be about an hour," Angela told us, "take a walk or something."
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2013/05/15 - 8:28am
Olpe and Away!
You would have thought he might have learnt something from our previous encounter, but clearly not hence I'm the champ and he's an also ran. We turned left in the village to start lap two and now my ire was well ire-y. There wasn't really any way of telegraphing my new game plan to Roni but I'm pretty sure she won't be content to just sit back in the bunch with a holding brief.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2013/04/17 - 6:58am
For once I'm properly organised, not just with the Foresters stuff but a change of non bike stuff for afterwards too. Let's face it, I'm not known for my organisation so I've surprised myself, anyhow I grabbed my kitbag and headed to the changing rooms.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2013/04/10 - 6:49am
A Cheering Thought
Being a ‘fish and chipper'*, the event uses a smallish circuit of about 26km covered four times with about another ten getting to and from the circuit from Julich. To get to my spot I can ride ten kilometres across the middle of the circuit directly to Titz – no I'm not making it up, that's the name of the village, honest. Maybe twenty minutes if I get my head down, that means I should get there as the race starts which should give me a clear twenty minutes to get organised.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2013/03/27 - 7:41am
I think I've mentioned going to the cinema in Koblenz before, it's hardly a modern Cineplex like the one at Meadowhell back in Blighty but they do have the latest releases, which for us in Germany this week means Star Wars Episode III and Madagascar.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2013/03/13 - 6:28am
The Trouble With Claudia...
"Guh." I managed to croak out when my alarm went off.
Why do we have to get such an early train? I dragged myself out of my nest and into the shower - a sure way to wake myself up. Twenty minutes later I was stood in front of the mirror examining myself - for a boy I make a damned good girl, but that's no longer really the case is it? Whilst there's barely an ounce of fat on me, what there is forms some er very female curves. That's just it, apart from Herbert and his pals I look like a girl already ; tuck them out of the way, we are talking chipolata rather than Cumberland here, and voila, one erm foxy girl - well she would be if she wasn't me. No , that's not right ; she's still foxy even if she is me.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2013/03/06 - 5:59am
Given that the soreness was more a nagging ache inside , and by wearing the short liners I use with baggies, the ride to school wasn't too bad. I could feel a bit of a tug getting on and off the Schauff but riding wasn't a problem in itself.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2013/01/09 - 1:15pm
Although the sky was clear, blue as anything, I had to suppress a shiver as we stood waiting for the start, not in Hamburg but in a place called Ahrensburg. Today we've got a big anti clockwise loop, Tali reckons it's undulating without any particularly steep climbs. In their wisdom the organisers have put a couple of primes in, one in Lubeck and the other in Kiel.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/10/31 - 8:22am
Given that Drew wasn't actually interested and his mind was elsewhere the fact that Con managed to outfit Bond junior at all was amazing, into a particularly figure hugging and girly dress with more than a little decollotage on view and some stupidly tarty shoes was pretty impressive.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/10/10 - 6:11am
We retraced our outward route for several kilometres before heading more southward along a road of wide sweeping corners and a distinct downward tilt. The five of us worked well together and unlike last week's gentler ride we weren't taking any prisoners.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/10/03 - 7:23am
Ooh my head!
“Are you listening Drew?”
Dave was in no mood to be sympathetic to his offspring's current demeanour, finding both your teenage daughters more than a little the worse for wear in a private drinking party had hardly put him in the best of humours.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/09/12 - 6:38am
The first few kilometres along the Rhein whilst not super fast were quite intense as after the first attack several more riders attempted escapes so we had a bit of a slow go ride. We didn't have a particular game plan today, there's nothing at stake so Dad's giving us a free hand.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/09/05 - 7:58am
Over the next twenty minutes it was all go, no simple slip dress on, go and wait, oh no. For a trio travelling light the girls seemed to have a huge amount of stuff with them, not just clean, dry under things, Con and Pia had full outfits and they all had more cosmetics than I own – well okay maybe not that much – but plenty anyhow.
“Sit still.” Pia ordered.
“Is this really necessary? I mean, we're only getting some pizza.” I pointed out.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/08/08 - 7:19am
That was something that even I thought was outside the box when Dad suggested it last night, it was certainly not a move that the rest of the race foresaw. The road curled around to the right and up, not hugely steep but no stroll either. Apparently we were following the ‘Deutches Limestraße', whatever that is, we passed some tower thing then the road swung sharply left and the climb took on more urgency.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Mon, 2012/07/16 - 11:39pm
Once the introductions were made we moved through to the dining room where we started again as the Duke was, with Sophia's assistance bringing the food through from the kitchen.
“So everyone, tuck in.” he encouraged, not the right thing to say with this lot.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/06/20 - 7:43am
After last weekend I made sure I'd got all my kit today so when I emerged from the changing rooms it was in cargo shorts and a team top as we were gonna spend the afternoon watching the ladies race – they get to do three laps.
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/06/13 - 11:43am
As you can imagine with six teen girls on the prowl for ‘just the right' outfit things were going to get pretty um ugly! I'm not sure the fair city of Mainz had ever seen anything like my friends shopping before, they are animals!
Submitted by Maddy Bell on Wed, 2012/06/06 - 11:09am
We did make a stop near Frankfurt Airport for the necessaries and for Gloria to have a break from driving. It seemed to get brighter the closer to home we got, the sun even showed its face as we travelled up into the Westerwald, false hope however, it chucked it down when we dropped down to cross the Rhein at Koblenz!
“I'm home!” I sang out sticking my head round the kitchen door, “could someone help me with the bags?”
Silence was the loud reply so I dumped my Handtasche and went back down to where Gloria was pulling my bags out of the boot.