Natecla Day 1: in which I learn about excellent ideas for teaching teenagers, deliver a session and practice my Chris Froome “running in a bike race” moves.  | Sam Shepherd

Oil has featured surprisingly highly in my day today. No, don’t worry, I haven’t inadvertently arrived at a mechanical engineering meeting, nor the Annual Convention of the Olive Oil Growers Association, but rather at the always wonderful NATECLA National Conference. The oil is a direct result of being stupidly over optimistic about the tolerances of a rear derailleur and completely shearing off the gear hanger. Yes, it is as dramatic and expensive as it sounds. Anyway, enough bike (temporarily sorted, you’ll be glad to know), and more NATECLA.

I hate to sound cheesy, but I love coming…

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