in my previous life i was known as urrrrrrrrrrs on the old cycling + forum, some of you will remember me as the devil/satan/over from the DARKSIDE, A LONDON CABBIE !!! Well i am back and a lot has changed to me, 1) i have considerably mellowed more towards you guys/gals i have also had a few run-ins,even with my fellow black taxi friends !!! and can now appreciate where you come from and why you do it !! 2)last july after trying out cycling for 2 months i thought this was for me and would take it seriously,so much so that after a chat with someone i joined a club,Kingston Wheelers to be precise,even though they are about 25 miles South of where i live,here in Borehamwood Hertfordshire(its a long story why i joined them).After i joined KW and started cycling more and more my weight started to come down at the time i was over 21 1/2 stone and it wasnt a pretty sight !!! but i could feel the difference,this got me thinking.........now i dont know if any of you remember ,but at the time i was in remission for Cancer(Testicular) well on 13 February 2008 i celebrated the end of the 10 years in remission(how i will miss those once a year visits to the UCH Hospital and the check ups with those lovely female Doctors) and was completely discharged and as a thought maybe i could give something back to the cancer fraternity and with me getting into cycling in a big way,thats it !!! a charity bike ride !!! it seemed far fetched at the time and i had some doubters i would be able to do a ride,but i was adamant and entered the ETAPE DU TOUR 2008 !!! and so with the help of lots of people within Kingston Wheelers CC,we set about getting me into shape !!!! I can now state that yesterday 5th March 2008(on this day in 1998 i was diagnosed with cancer) i am at the stage of-: my weight is now 17stone dead ,a loss of 4stone 9 lbs i can regularly ride 65+ miles ,i am out on the bike 6 days a week compared to the odd 1 or 2 days,i am about to see if i can get around RP in 1 hour,have not eaten a maccy d's since xmas,virtually cut out all fizzy crap,now gone tea total until the evening of the etape and rediscovered foods i used to hate so in summary with the help of cycling i have had to through away 95% of my clothes,i admit i look good in lycra ,feeling a lot more confident about myself and safe in the knowledge that i will live longer in the meantime you can check me out on the Kngston Wheelers website under the introducing section and this weekend i will be collecting my new toy- a spesh roubaix expert 2008 with a triple(CHEAT) Happy Cycling !!!!!