Noooo! Just cricked my neck in race practise. It feels ok as long as I don’t have to support my head

This happened at exactly the same point in my preparations for the Houffalize World Cup only I had a squad of people around me then to manipulate and massage me better. These big races on your own are hard work. I mean I even have to support the weight of my own head. Not on. Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange

@SRAM_mtb Thanks to Evan at Sram Celia the #Lapierre has been resurrected from the rough treatment of the airport baggage handlers.

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Thanks Evan! I only went to the Sram truck for a brake repair and a new front mech and popped out 2 hours later with a brand new bike!
The course here at Mont St Anne, Canada is incredible. Fast, techy and physical. I feel worked from my 2 practise laps (and possibly the 10 hour drive). Also, it’s hotter than hell. I heart Canada!
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BA (Best Airline) help get my USA World Cup trip off to a flying start

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In Glasgow the lovely ladies at BA helped me apply for the Visa waiver I didn’t know I needed and held check in open. In New York, Edwina from baggage went to her car and got a map of Brooklyn that she photocopied for me then penned a route and her phone number in case I got lost! You get what you pay for I suppose. I arrived on Monday and spent the night in the Big Apple before picking up the HUGE RV. I then had to drive a vehicle 10ft wide, 12ft high and 22ft long through the middle of Brooklyn to get Maxine from JFK airport. An eventful little afternoon. A couple of 15 point turns, some reversing up streets ending in low bridges and the swiping of some guys wing mirror helped focus the mind somewhat. But I made it and only 3 hours late. We then fought our way through the Bronx, which proved disappointingly straight forward, before the road opened up and we began sailing upstate. Stopping the night in the car park of a Sushi restaurant near Newburgh we finally relaxed in our spacious apartment on wheels and giggled a bit at our journey so far. This morning things are due to get much, much better. It’s 25 degrees and we are about to stop for a spin in the Aiderondack National Park. Brooklyn battles are a distant memory and we’re beginning to enjoy feeling like Road Bears in Yogi the RV. (Photographed is our breakfast choice. Twinkes: The food of champions!)
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Lee wins British round on home soil (that had mostly turned to mud) at Kirroughtree

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Delighted! My first National Points Series win and on a typically Scottish course. There was rain and there were midges all clamouring to add to the ambience of what will be pipped as the most technically demanding of rounds to date. The flowing hard packed single track that Kirroughtree is famous for was largely abandoned to steep natural climbs and descents. These became fun (if you stayed on) or just stupid (if you fell off) after the Met Office amber flood warning of torrential rain. At 9.30am with the gun due at any moment I still felt half asleep but Maxine Filby’s Word Cup style start soon woke me up and I hung onto her wheel hoping it wouldn’t last! Thankfully it did not and I was able to squeeze ahead before the first single track and start putting time into the others. There was a lot of running. More than was polite I thought but by riding hard on the fire road climbs and relaxing to get down the mudslides in one piece I slowly increased my lead. Coming through the transition my energy was renewed each time by all the Scottish support and my friend Lesley Ingram playing at being commentator on the microphone. I had to work hard on a very physical course today against some very good competition so I am happy to come away with the win. Now I am racing back up the A74 to Glasgow where I have the afternoon to wash my lycra and give some love to Celia the Lapierre, who is looking a bit sorry for herself just now, before flying to the USA tomorrow at 7am (not sure who thought that was a good idea. If it was me then I am an idiot). So. Watch this space for more blog type action over the next 2 weeks while Maxine and I race the American and Canadian World Cups. And eat twinkies while driving our enormous Recreational Vehicle called a Roadbear. Yes really. It’s going to be fun!
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Scottish Champion!!

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I am pleased to have reclaimed my title of Scottish Champion this year and on a course that characterises mountain bike racing in Scotland. Aberfoyle was a killer up and steep down. I knew if I could avoid the trees the title was mine! Easier said than done but in the 4 lap race I managed on all but the 2nd lap. Trees: 1 Lee: 4. After a bout of bad luck (bruised hips, chest infections and punctures) I really needed a race like this to remind me why I ride my bike hard. It was great fun and I am back on for the 2nd half of the season now. The weekend after next is British round (IN SCOTLAND!) which I’d be keen to win. Home turf and all that. Then I fly to USA for 2 more World Cups to get some form for the British Champs in July. But today I was just delighted to be racing on home turf and to be presented with my medal by Her Majesty the Queen was an additional, unexpected honour. She is, apparently, giving up on horses and looking to buy a couple of mountain bikers instead. I explained I wasn’t much of an investment but I’m never one to knock a sponsorship deal. Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange