Training Camp

Tomorrow morning, at 6am, we fly out to Mallorca for our annual training camp. It’s a great week, possibly the highlight of my cycling year, as we prepare for the season ahead in the Mallorca sunshine. Hard training miles are coupled with good company, lots of food and the odd glass of wine.

However, this year we’re flying from Manchester as there are no flights from Scotland until April. So we’ve had to travel down from Aberdeen. Most of the guys are staying for 10 days, where as I’m just out for the week, which means that I’ve had to travel on my own.

Rather than set-off at mid-day I decided to take a leisurely drive down and avoid the worst of the traffic. I dropped Andy off at school at 8.30 and then made my way south.

Twitter helped me find my first coffee stop – Clive’s in Bridge of Allan, where as well as carrot cake & coffee, I also got free wifi, so managed a good hour of online activity.

I’d also downloaded a new audiobook – The Accidental Billionaires, the story that the film The Social Network was based on. If you’ve seen the film it’s actually quite similar albeit more focused on the relationship between Eduardo & Mark. Gripping stuff.

My second stop was the fantastic Tebay Services. A community owned & operated service station, it was a refreshing change from the un-cared for and sterile motorway services. However, this was where my first bit of frustration kicked in – my roaming wifi service from Boingo wouldn’t work, so I couldn’t upload the Vblog I’d recorded earlier. Many tweets back & forward with Boingo, but I got fed up and decided just to get in the car and head for Manchester.

I’m now at the hotel (The Hilton) and killing a couple of hours before the rest of the guys arrive with a coffee & some online time. May even go have a snooze soon, as we’re up at 3am!

I plan to blog & Vblog daily whilst we’re away, so watch out both here and at my Moviecom channel at

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