Author: Alan Montague-Dennis

Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

Eroica Gaiole 2018

24 October, 2018

That idea of “ beauty of fatigue and thrill of conquest ….” Giancarlo Brocci

On October 7th 2018 , Andrew Hawes , Justin Liddle and Alan Montague-Dennis travelled to Pisa with their vintage steel bicycles  to join our Italian agency Principals , Ciacci Piccolomoni D’Aragona to form “Team Ciacci” and participate in L’Eroica di Gaiole.

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Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

Ciao Ciacci!

1 July, 2018

Last weekend from Friday 15th June thousands of lovers of vintage cycling, Great British life, fashion and wine flocked to Friden Grange in the Peak District for the fifth annual Eroica Britannia.

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Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

The 2018 Dallaglio Cycle Slam

7 June, 2018

Dallaglio RugbyWorks’ epic cycling challenge takes on the French and Swiss Alps, Italian lakes and stunning scenery of Slovenia and Croatia where the 1,800km journey concluded in June 2018.

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Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

Dallaglio Cycle Slam – Stage One, Day Four

5 July, 2016

This is the final day of the Stage 1 of the Slam. I can’t believe I have survived this long, I must have burnt off thousands of calories and already achieved what I thought was going to be impossible. I am surrounded by incredible people; many have long since retired, made their fortunes, were a success in the business world, and left their halos behind.

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Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

Dallaglio Cycle Slam – Stage One, Day Four

4 July, 2016

A short climb takes us back into Spain and onto the next hill to take us over 2000 meters in altitude. Once we have taken in the sights at the top, a 35km descent will whisk us to the beautiful Spanish mountain town of Sort.

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Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

Dallaglio Cycle Slam – Stage One, Day Three

3 July, 2016

The decent is fast and scary. My hands are freezing and I struggle to lean into the corners as I zig-zag down the precarious mountain road. I am a slow descender, but I still manage to reach speeds of 68km – full concentration is required. No sooner had I reached the bottom, and the whole process of climbing and descending begins again as we attack the second Col D’Aspin.

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Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

Dallaglio Cycle Slam – Stage One, Day Two

2 July, 2016

Day 2 and we still hasn’t found a coffee shop. I was beginning to suffer from caffeine withdrawal! Will, was often at least an hour or two behind me, which gave me time to check in the hotel room and sort my kit out.

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Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

Dallaglio Cycle Slam – Stage One, Day One

1 July, 2016

The first day of the 2016 Slam gently eased us into the event with a delightful ride that covered a few small Pyrenean foothills before taking a coastal ride into the beautiful seaside resort of Biarritz. It should have been beautiful if it wasn’t for the rain! My clean bike was about to get very dirty!

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Mentzendorff
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Alan Montague-Dennis

Champagne Bollinger – Galerie 1829 & La Reserve

29 June, 2016

In 2010, while taking an inventory of the House cellars, an abundant wine cellar containing bottles and magnums of reserve wines was discovered. It was clear that these were very old. Hidden between a wall of empty bottles, this forgotten cellar had miraculously preserved small wooden panels used to identify the bottles. The team at Bollinger were able to use the inscriptions on the bottles to determine the origins and vintages of certain batches, for example an 1886 Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, and an 1893 Verzenay, and even a 1914 Äy.

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