I wrote about returning to time-trialling back in May and the fact that even after a year off I couldn’t muster that much enthusiasm for it. Since then things had improved – I got more comfortable again and times and results were improving. But in my last race one of my friends in the NW time-trial scene was involved in a collision with a car and lost his life, leaving a devastated family. There’s a police investigation so it isn’t right to comment other than to say that it is a straight piece of road and it was a crystal clear day. He was a top bloke and it’s a terrible tragedy. I can’t begin to understand what his family are going through, it must be awful. It has knocked the stuffing out of me. I’ll see the season out but I need to think long and hard over the winter whether I want to keep doing this. If you ride, stay safe. If you drive, please take care.