In August, just when most sensible people are escaping the heat and taking time off rowing training, I am poised to join the Sport Nautique de Bergerac (or SNB), which is not only one of France’s top rowing clubs, but is also conveniently close – just 1.2 km downstream from Allée Beau Rivage.
Clay is a wonderful surface to play on, but it’s not used as much in the UK as it is in the US and France. The reason is weather: you can’t play on a wet court. It’s hard to maintain, too. Not quite as problematic as a grass court, but there’s no doubt that keeping a traditional…
One of the aims of this blog is to discover, describe and recommend some interesting cycle routes in the Bergerac area. Here’s a good one to kick off with.
Here is a cautionary tale. I am writing this while recovering from running the Edinburgh marathon with my old friend Pete Goodchild on 28 May. What happened? And what has this to do with Bergerac?
There’s no shortage of good cycling routes around Bergerac. One that I’m keen to try is the 2014 Tour de France Stage 20 time-trial to Perigueux, as won by the great Tony Martin. Early October would be good for me. It would be best to do it with a group: anyone like to join me?
In order to have adequate boat access to the water, we need to do some fairly radical clearance work on the riverbank. But it’s not that simple. This is not just a Conservation Area, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site
Depth, angle of entry, power curve, angle of exit – wouldn’t it be useful to be able to measure all these numbers for every stroke?