Any keen students of the entries list in the programme every year will see that Simon Scarsbrook’s one of those guys who’s not new to this race.  2014 will be 52 year-old Simon’s 18th entry in the ‘Peaks.  Simon’s blog here on the Cycling Weekly site shows he’s lacking some of the enthusiasm of previous years.

This year feels different though, with just over five weeks to go, I am looking forward to it, my level of fitness is ‘middling to good’ (probably erring on the middle!) but I am missing the ‘zest’ of previous years, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. My darkest thought being that at 50 years of age, maybe it is time to bow out?

… and this despite him regaining his mojo last year an all…

You can chivvy Simon along and remind him that there is only one race in the world that counts here  by emailing