by Derek Morrison I struggle hard to understand My obsession with the leading brand A transient boost to needy pride Makes this the only one to ride Reassuringly expensive the price I paid To project the image I wish conveyed Pursuing quality is what I claim Not tacit value in branded name But lesser brands […]


by Derek Morrison Exercise junky Multi-marathon man Endurance cyclist Part of plan. Training sorted Muscles tuned Supplements swallowed Nutrients spooned. Out all weathers Wind and rain Ignore discomfort Feel no pain. All prizes won All plaudits received All now gone Past is grieved. Endurance build Played its part Such big muscles Included heart. Train for […]


by Derek Morrison Hi, it’s me; my name is Lance Former God of Tour de France I was once the one to beat No! No! I didn’t cheat I was once the media pet Not treated like a Soviet Now they sue for money back While I could still lead the pack My reputation to […]


by Derek Morrison Gods, they smiled As plans you told Group cycle ride Despite the cold. Out in countryside Rain like spear Bad day for puncture Mused he at rear. The assassin thorn Lay in silent wait Its pointed dagger Was someone’s fate. Heavens pouring down Prayers for release Coffee stop pending So pace increase. […]


by Derek Morrison Mind of driver Place to be Mental toolkit Survival key. Don’t perceive Road like you Insulated box Sans environment cue. Street metal Raise no alarm Holes and bumps Cause no harm. Thorn and gravel Or scattered mire Zero influence Low profile tyre. Don’t understand Why you weave So much road Perceive you […]

Coffee Stop

by Derek Morrison Coffee stop Energy draining Blood sugar drop Need sustaining. But table service Fulfillment slow Getting nervous Near time to go. Front of house Very chic Back of house News is bleak. Facilities no soap One shared towel Shared bugs scope Definitively foul. Reassuringly expensive Confused with quality Customers pensive Despite frivolity. Scope […]

The Bridge

by Derek Morrison I’m the bridge of two rivers The Severn and Wye I’m seen from a distance My two towers in the sky. I’m the bridge of two countries England and Wales Offering a gateway To many new trails. I’m the bridge of two pathways For feet and pedaled wheel Most know only of […]


by Derek Morrison N.B. Read in conjunction with ‘Espresso Delivery‘ (VeloScience, 5 February 2015). In every coffee bean Lies a variable dose of caffeine Which blocks your adenosine Thus raising your catecholamine. With adenosine you can’t tell But it’s present in every cell It chills things down, makes you less aroused You feel its effects […]

Espresso Delivery

by Derek Morrison You have two shots in the morning to set up your day With two more mid-morning so that on the pace you stay In between are the energy gels which are not much to your taste But they have become essential because they’re also caffeine laced. After one hour the alertness washes […]

Resisting Change

by Derek Morrison Elite racing cyclists we do admire So we must use their size of tyre But from this thinking we should cease Because rolling resistance it does increase. Such an idea may fly like an arrow Towards our beloved tyres so narrow But listen here and then pay heed Fatter tyres can mean […]