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Awarded to Les Woodland because everyday I wake up wondering which cycling article he will have created or transformed. A stellar effort, don't get off. Autodidactyl (talk) 10:45, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
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Awarded to Les Woodland. I am amazed by the quantity and quality of his cycling-related contributions. When do you sleep??? :P EdgeNavidad (talk) 08:45, 19 December 2008 (UTC)


Updated DYK query On 23 September, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Edith Atkins, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--BorgQueen (talk) 08:00, 23 September 2008 (UTC)


Updated DYK query On 4 October, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Henri Pélissier, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

BorgQueen (talk) 16:54, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

just type {{reflist}} under the "References" heading, or wherever you wanted the list to appear. Note that it has to be two curly braces, no other kind of brackets will do. SpinningSpark 17:23, 12 October 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Eddie Borysewicz[edit]

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Keep up the good work! ~ User:Ameliorate! (with the !) (talk) 16:07, 19 October 2008 (UTC)


DYK for Henri Pépin[edit]

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Gatoclass (talk) 12:21, 3 November 2008 (UTC)


DYK for Bernard Sainz[edit]

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Hassocks5489 (tickets please!) 19:59, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Jean Robic[edit]

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BorgQueen (talk) 14:34, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Hi Les, Congratulations. 4,600 people viewed Jean Robic and 164 of them actually studied it carefully. How do I know? They followed the link for Mercery, and I'm pretty sure that nobody actually already knew the word. Regards. Peter Autodidactyl (talk) 18:24, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Daniel Mangeas[edit]

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Gatoclass (talk) 11:12, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Vin Denson[edit]

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Gatoclass (talk) 06:39, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Reggie McNamara[edit]

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~ User:Ameliorate! (with the !) (talk) 23:36, 18 November 2008 (UTC)


DYK for Augustin Trébuchon[edit]

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BorgQueen (talk) 23:56, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Lucien Michard[edit]

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BorgQueen (talk) 18:12, 20 November 2008 (UTC)


DYK for Les West[edit]

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07:01, 23 November 2008 (UTC)



Paris Roubaix[edit]

Hi Les, I assume that you keep a weather eye on the Paris-Roubaix article, but, just in case you don't, it now needs a bit more 'Woodlanding'.

(.... correction, subsequent google research has revealed [1]. I have updated one of the refs. Unnecessary modesty. I am sure that EdgeNavidad was misinterpreting wiki rules.)
(correction ,,, I've found the other reference, so ignore this bullet. Regards Peter.Autodidactyl (talk) 16:36, 13 December 2008 (UTC))
  • The talk page is asking/begging for yet more of your input.
  • Do you know of a controversy about 'team kit' colours, uniforms, shorts, saddle sores. (It would amuse my childish mind to have a section titled - 'the wrong trousers')
  • I started the Carrefour de l'Arbre section using french wiki and google maps. It needs a reliable rewrite.
  • I also roughed out the 'showers' and PR cyclo from Google. They could also do with your input.

Regards. Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 13:30, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

ps. Je me confond. Is 'Les Woodland' a real English person, or is it a 'nom de plume' for a vast team of French elves, researching and writing cycling articles? Les Woodlanders. I can't understand how 'one old codger' can be so productive. ... Elfes des bois?



DYK for Maurice Garin[edit]

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BorgQueen (talk) 22:13, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Freddy Maertens[edit]

Well there's a thing. I remembered that you wrote it in the Mark Cavendish article, Mark and the tall dark stranger. I think it was removed by a curt, charmless, zealot, who doesn't understand that wiki/cycling/life is about whole people, not just thighs, sweat and pb's), and I was too distracted to edit-war at that time. The page needs attention, some 'undoing' and redoing.

That answer was from my memory, now I will go and do the research, and find the truth. ...

This is an old revision of this page, as edited by Les woodland (Talk | contribs) at 09:34, 21 November 2008..
Hi Les, I didn't fully explain before, but this shows clearly that you wrote it, and got it correct, on 21st Nov. Congratulations. (Shame about the memory lapse) Peter Autodidactyl (talk) 10:24, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
It was removed by 18:33, 24 November 2008 Greatestrowerever (Talk | contribs) (23,576 bytes) (→Cavendish and a stranger: see talk page)
Cavendish and a stranger - I removed this section beacuse in my view it was pointless trivia which added nothing to the article.----GreatestrowereverTalk Page 18:35, 24 November 2008 (UTC).
If the anecdote is true I think it needs reinstating, It shows that Cav is a rounded person who appreciates the history of his sport.

So, if Oudenarde is wrong, or not certain please feel free to delete 'your own words'. Regards, Peter, Autodidactyl (talk) 08:50, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

PS. I have escaped the rain and dusk of England with my new copy of Yellow Jersey Guide, which is still unopened because garin, merckx, paris-roubaix and ronde van vlaanderen have left me exhausted, educated and a bit chuffed. Portugal is dazzling, thick frost, blue sky, bright sunshine. Sleeping (fully dressed) in an unheated, windswept, freezing barn is a worth it when the sun shines.
pps, the unnecessary sarcasm about pretentious tosh was not about your words, just the impenetrable meandererering in the references.
Strange really, double standards bordering on hypocrisy, diluting perspective about Belgium and defending it for Cav. Autodidactyl (talk) 08:56, 21 December 2008 (UTC)


Theo Vienne[edit]

Hi Les, Happy New Year. Can I beg a favour. I have created an article about Theo Vienne, but my french is so bad it needs review from a (putative) french national who still retains a good knowledge of english. Obviously you can edit any way you wish, but I am nervous about my reading of the reference article at Association Généalogique des Familles Vienne. A.G.F.V. - Document 2 : Une Course célèbre et légendaire….

Many thanks. Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 01:12, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

PS. I assume you keep close watch on Paris Roubaix, but I think it once again needs skilled expansion with a few epic races and comments about key stages such as Doullens hill and Wattignies bend. Then we can submit it to the Good Article review process/committee.

PPS. anybody can simply edit the talk page to give rankings upto B class, but GA and beyond is cherished and protected. You can read about it here... and apply for Good Article status here. But I suspect that an image of 'the wrong train' will sit poorly with t'committee.

PPPS - thanks for the images of your bike in belgium. I remember some struggling with choppy warburton a few weeks ago. I have modified the List of doping cases in cycling to give him the pioneering credit he merits. If you can email it I will be eternally grateful, until the next time.

PPPPS - I settled down with the Yellow Jersey Guide and had an overwhelming sense of deja vu... deja vu wiki... Now I understand how the elves achieve so much. A good read, highly recommended.

Hello Les, Many thanks. It now reads like a good article(tte), with style and panache. I was delighted to discover that he was so interesting, and lions, bulls, 'grande roue', etc. Regards Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 12:00, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
ps. I had been contemplating moving it to Theodore Vienne, as I was concerned that I was misled into Theo by Dutch wiki. As the french wiki uses theodore, (which I did not find until after it was started) do you think we should move it again? I have no opinion, so if you don't move it, then it will stay where it is.
pps. I think he is worth submitting to DYK.
ppps. Good luck with P-R start locations.
Hi Les, I hyper-enthusiastically created 'Théodore Vienne' as a redirect page to Theo, in order to scoop up more google searches. Now that you have authorised it :) I will ask an admin to make the move, probably Gwen Gale.
Drunt is Spanish, as he told you! There's none so blind as them that will not see. See below for his reply to your question on his talk page. :) ... Regards. Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 17:16, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Whither Mr Drunt[edit]

Where do you come from, with such excellent English? Les woodland (talk) 15:13, 15 December 2008 (UTC)les woodland

I'm actually from Spain and I'm trying to improve my english while I contribute to the Wikipedia. I usually spend my time on the Wikipedia updating the biographies of the current cycling stars. By the way, I'm very impressed by the last additions to the Paris-Roubaix article by both you and [User:Autodidactyl]] (not to mention all those other cycling articles you have improved). It's pretty amazing to have a real cycling historian contributing to the Wikipedia, great job!
P.S: I hope you don't mind me asking a question about cycling, but I've always wondered where the term 'Monument' of cycling comes from and maybe you know the answer. Who decided that this five races were the 'cream of the crop'? And who started calling them the 'monuments of cycling'? Was it because they were the oldest? And is there any consensus of which races can be considered the Classic cycle races or even 'semi-classics'? Any one-day cyling race? Regards.--Drunt (talk) 20:21, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
Hello Dr.Unt, Your English is better than you think. It seduced me. I knew almost nothing of cycling on wiki until I encountered a plaintive little hook written by you, to wit ... "I have started a list of doping cases in cycling...". I picked it up like a lost puppy, temporarily abandoned history, geology and science subjects, wasted countless hours of my life, and automatically ended up with dozens of cyclists on my watch-list. Ergo I tripped over Les Woodland, recognised that he is the 'real deal', and have stalked him ever since. It is a great way to learn about cycling history for somebody like me who knows absolutely nothing. So it's all your fault, ... and my wife rates you in the the same bracket as heroin. Regards. Autodidactyl (talk) 14:30, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
Even if your wife might disagree, I'm sure that a lot of people enjoy your contributions! (e.g. over 100 people read the Paris-Roubaix article daily). When I started the List of doping cases in cycling I didn't really had have an idea of how long could that article could become (the article currently has over 300 references!). Fortunately you started contributing and organizing the information (alphabetically and chronologically rather than just chronologically). It was also sad to see that doping has been so widespread during the last century. Regards.--Drunt (talk) 18:04, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
Just helping you with your English:) Autodidactyl (talk) 21:32, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Buenos dias, amigo (i bon dia)[edit]

If you can see the Pyrenees then we are not that far away. I'm from Girona (Tour de France is visiting us next year!). Thanks for the information about the monuments of cycling. I'm a bit busy these days, but I will resume my contributions in a few weeks time. Regards.Drunt (talk) 22:42, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Paris-Roubaix[edit]

Hi Les, I wouldn't dream of interrupting the current comeuppance. Very well written and important.... but is Paris-Roubaix#Epic Races on your radar/to do list? I know it is cheeky to ask, likewise it was cheeky to insert a blank section (possibly also too subtle), but I think it will then be ready for 'Good Article' status. Regards. Peter Autodidactyl (talk) 08:36, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

I have no recollection of ever reading 'epic P-Rs', apart from 1896 and 1919 which are still there. Likewise I have done a quick review of previous versions and can find nothing. The Ronde does have epics, which is what drew my attention to their absence in P-R. If you remember writing them, can you give me a clue which years. Regards. Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 09:05, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
Oh contrare moan ami, ( i learned my french from del boy). I would prefer to do nothing, leave the epics section where it is, and awake one morning to read about 1952, or 1935, or 1968 or whatever the lore according to LW and Sergant consists of. But as I said before, I don't want to appear too presumptive. Regards. Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 15:54, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
I'm afraid I didn't understand part of your note, to wit - I see there's a note at the top of the page that says "Enough, already!" so it may be unwise to invite more, I can't find any such note, anywhere. Am I missing the irony, the subtlety, the reference to a classical or intellectual or philosophical construct? Whatever! I'd love to read epics, and 'Good Article' is only one step towards Drunt's Dream, Featured Article on the Main Page on Easter Sunday. (I presume Drunt realises that there are some other major events happening that day.) Regards. Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 18:22, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
Well, I'm sure it did once say something like "This page is x kilobytes long. It is recommended some parts be put into a separate article. See notes on article length." But it doesn't now. Then agai, I am easily confused. Les woodland (talk) 18:33, 14 January 2009 (UTC)les woodland
It's the message at the top of the Edit screen. It currently says This page is 99 kilobytes long. It may be appropriate to split this article into smaller, more specific articles. See Wikipedia:Article size. It's nothing to worry about. I once a read debate about removing the statement, but there was no agreement. The message on List of doping cases in cycling says ... 175 kilobytes long ... but it still works fine, although I guess it would be slow for the world's only remaining non-broadband user. Regards Peter Autodidactyl (talk) 19:28, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Richard Virenk[edit]

Ha haa, I hoped that Liggetspeak would stir you into action. Thanks. Regards. Peter Autodidactyl (talk) 17:11, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

How does Liggett say it? Apart from never twice the same way, presumably. He's unknown here, of course. Liggett, that is. Les woodland (talk) 17:20, 14 January 2009 (UTC)les woodland.
"Virrenk". I'm tempted to try to paraphrase Churchill's comment on Atlee... In term's of his French accent Phil is a very modest man, with much to be modest about. Regards. Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 17:38, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

DYK for Théodore Vienne[edit]

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I feel a little silly[edit]

approaching someone with so many bells and whistles on his page with this sort of comment, but your edit here to Paris-Roubaix was not salutary. WP:LEAD - Introductory text. As explained in more detail at Wikipedia:Lead section#Introductory text, all but the shortest articles should start with introductory text (the "lead"). The lead should establish significance, include mention of notable criticism or controversies, and be written in a way that makes readers want to know more. The appropriate length of the lead depends on that of the article Clearly, an article over 100K in size cannot have a suitable lead that is only one paragraph in length. Most GA and FA have leads of 2-4 paragraphs in size, and they are supposed to be slightly redundant to the article (may be better to say they're meant as a summary, though they're not exactly a summary, either). If the GA reviewer had gotten to the article when the lead was as short as you made it (it was that way when I started working with the article), it would have definitely been something he listed as needing improvement. All right, I think I've made my point. Nosleep break my slumber 11:49, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

Le Vélo[edit]

Hello Les,

It's a long time since we spoke but I hope you are well, I read your edits regularly. My self-imposed wiki-break has slowly faded...

I was recently tidying up aspects of the Dreyfus affair and so started an article on Le Vélo, but it is now in a state where you are 'the only person in the world who can help' :) please. pretty please. :) It was a successful newspaper that thrived for 12 years, but the hundreds of mentions on the web only focus on 'Dreyfus - Giffard - De Dion - L'Auto-Vélo - Le Vélo - Le Tour.

Le Vélo's connection with Paris-Roubaix is obvious, but do you have any other information (and images) about its milestones, events, promotions, achievements, relationship with Le Petit Journal etc.

Apologies for an abrupt hiatus. Regards. Peter. Autodidactyl (talk) 08:14, 10 October 2009 (UTC)


DYK for René Menzies[edit]

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Émilien Amaury[edit]

Hello Les, I have taken the liberty of adding your article, Émilien Amaury to Did You Know. I assume that you are OK with that, but please visit DYK to review my synopsis. Regards. Peter Chienlit (talk) 11:36, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

And, you described a worker occupation of the town hall in Saint Etienne north of Paris. Are you able to clarify where/which one? The disambiguation page has dozens of St Etiennes, but none in north Paris. (Marne hardly counts as north). I also found a reference in CineArc but the location is not clear, and it doesn't mention Paris. Regards Chienlit (talk) 16:12, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

Hi. Yes, more than happy. Flattered, in fact. Thanks for that. As for St-Étienne, I'm not sure. Rather than spend hours over an incidental point, I think I may just change it. happy days, Les woodland (talk) 04:46, 2 December 2009 (UTC)les woodland

Freddie Grubb[edit]

Hello Les, I have cleaned up Freddie Grubb a bit, but I may have overstepped the mark and taken liberties with the truth. I may have wrongly attributed some of Mick Butler's comments to Les Woodland in the Notes section. If you let me know I will happily fix/unravel it, or you can feel free to correct it yourself. Thanks. Peter Chienlit (talk) 11:15, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Les Woodland would like to be thought clever enough to know when quick-release hubs appeared, but I'm afraid he isn't and doesn't. Do you remember who actually said it? Mick Butler? Flattering though it is to be thought so knowledgeable, I think it's maybe better to render unto Caesar etc! Les woodland (talk) 11:30, 3 December 2009 (UTC)les woodland

DYK for Émilien Amaury[edit]

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DYK for Eugène Poubelle[edit]

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Adolphe Clément[edit]

Hello Les, I have recently started an article about Adolphe Clément. It is a bit short of cycling, bikes, tracks, and tyres (Dunlops? Clements?) details and references, so any contributions that you can make would be greatly appreciated. Regards. Peter. Chienlit (talk) 15:24, 31 December 2009 (UTC) (By 1890 Clément was the leading cycle brand in France should be worth at least a para if not an article, not the measly 10 words that I have written.)

Hi, and bonne année! I wouldn't be able to add much because I don't know much other than incidental facts, such as his background role in the start of the Tour de France. It's also easy to confuse him with another industrialist in the same area at the same time. Oddly, I've just written his name a few times in a history I've been asked to write by an American publisher. Let me get that tome out of the way and I'll have a look an old Clem. Don't hesitate to remind me. Les woodland (talk) 07:01, 3 January 2010 (UTC)les woodland
Another Adolphe Clément? - aaaaaargh! or another Clément? aargh! I thought it was a long way from Pierrefonds, Oise to Bordeaux on a bike with wooden wheels, then Lyon, then Paris, but he was obviously young, very determined and spectacularly ambitious.
Do you know the name of the track "he" / "they" owned?
If you have doubts about any of the claims in Adolphe Clément then we can caveat them. We owe it to history, and future historians, to disambiguate / 'start a new' article about M. Clément (pas Adolphe, peut-être.). I recently wrote Les Frères Robert and was confused because Nicolas-Louis Robert had so many names and claims in different sources. Eventually I discovered and untangled Louis-Nicolas Robert with an even more interesting, if less spectacular, history. It turns out that even Larousse and Britannica had conflated the two men. Bonne année. Peter Chienlit (talk) 08:52, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
After a little research and a lot of learning I hope that you were referring to Clément Ader. Regards. Peter Chienlit (talk) 10:14, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

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Charles Terront[edit]

Hello Les, I have recently started an article about Charles Terront and it has garnered the editorial comment that 'the French references would benefit from independent review by a French speaker', so naturally you came to mind. If you have any free time, or are in need of displacement activity away from your latest tome, any contributions that you can make would be greatly appreciated. Regards. Peter. Chienlit (talk) 16:18, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Hi. Did the editor say what in particular? You have a quote from a book, it looks like, but that quote doesn't appear on the French entry and so I've no idea what the original said. If you can help, I'll do my best, but I am dans la brume un peu. happy days - les Les woodland (talk) 19:29, 18 January 2010 (UTC)les woodland
Thanks. The comment was at Did You Know - Charles Terront and is to the effect that the main reference at (Le Petit Braquet - Charles Terront) is in French, and thus they aren't quite sure that he rode on pneumatic Michelins. I suspect that a quick glance/OK from a French national such as you would be more than sufficient. So please waste no more than a few seconds on the endeavour. Regards. Peter. Chienlit (talk) 00:53, 19 January 2010 (UTC) ps. I tarted up Stan Brittain so you can ignore the vulgar warning above :)

Bernard Thévenet[edit]

Salut, je suis en train de traduire en français la biographie de Bernard Thévenet que tu as réalisé. Tu pourras jeter un coup d'oeil pour vérifier si je n'ai pas fait de faute ainsi que les citations qui ont subies une triple traduction. Merci @+. Damonking (talk) 10:33, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

Desolé, les gars. Je ferai de mon mieux mais je suis occupé en cet instant avec un livre (que je suis en train d'écrire plutôt que lire!) Donc j'ai les mains pleines, et en plus je dois organiser deux voyages à velo, l'un à travers les EU et le Canada pour moi et la belle Mme Woodland et l'autre, en automne, pour un group d'américains en France. Comme je dis, je ferai de mon mieux mais... Et oui, je suis français bien que je sois né en Angleterre, donc je parle les deux langues. happy days... léo Les woodland (talk) 12:35, 12 February 2010 (UTC)les woodland

Paolo Bettini[edit]

Hi, I'm trying to grow the article about Paolo Bettini on the French Wikipedia into a Good Article. It seems you added most of the references on the English version. Do you own scanned versions of the ProCycling and Cycling Weekly articles, or at least do you have more detailed references (title, author, ...). Thanks a lot. Tilbud (talk) 13:42, 9 February 2010 (UTC)

Ah toi aussi ! Je lui ai posé une question juste avant toi, mais il ne m'a pas répondu. PS : il est français. Damonking (talk) 10:20, 10 February 2010 (UTC)
Desolé, les gars. Je ferai de mon mieux mais je suis occupé en cet instant avec un livre (que je suis en train d'écrire plutôt que lire!) Donc j'ai les mains pleines, et en plus je dois organiser deux voyages à velo, l'un à travers les EU et le Canada pour moi et la belle Mme Woodland et l'autre, en automne, pour un group d'américains en France. Comme je dis, je ferai de mon mieux mais... Et oui, je suis français bien que je sois né en Angleterre, donc je parle les deux langues. happy days... léo Les woodland (talk) 12:35, 12 February 2010 (UTC)les woodland

Radio Caroline[edit]

Re your recent removal of about a third of text from the article: Normally such large scale removals set off an alarm bell with me. I have looked at the diff and believe your editing is in good faith. I do not believe that there is any need for administrative action over it. As radio stations are outside my comfort zone, I've asked for members of WP:RADIO to cast their eyes over your recent editing of the article. The discussion is at WT:WPRS#Radio Caroline, where you are welcome to comment. I'm leaving you this notice as a courtesy. Mjroots (talk) 13:03, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Having been one editor that has been overseeing this article, I think the edits have gone too far. Whole swathes of information has ben removed, and the grammer has suffered within the edits. --Keith 14:08, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Ditto Radio 270. I have reverted your changes as they introduce bad grammar, spelling and punctuation. Also, you have removed key information. Izzy (talk) 16:57, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Edits in the best possible faith. I hoped only to take out surplus words and repeated phrases, making it tighter. I had no intention to remove facts. If I did in error or by clumsiness, I apologise. That wasn't my intention and never will be. Les woodland 16:50, 8 February 2011 (UTC)les woodland

I couldn't help but smile at being criticised by someone who writes: "Whole swathes of information has ben removed, and the grammer has suffered within the edits. --Keith 14:08, 8 February 2011 (UTC)  :-) Les woodland 16:52, 8 February 2011 (UTC)les woodland

I tend to watch the p's and q's on article pages, and not bother so much on talk pages - I have other thing to think about. You will note I have restored some information, and left out the "prose". However, it does seem disjointed in parts now - but thats my personal opinion --Keith 18:13, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Thomas Gascoyne (cyclist)[edit]

Hello Les,

I will try not to behave too inconsiderately and boorish by using poor language when I am only an uninvited guest chez vous. :-) (I actually know what Mind your Ps and Qs means.)

I have gathered together a few snippets about Tom (Jeb) Gascoyne, but sadly the web is devoid of many facts about him. If you have the time and inclination and sources to enhance the article sometime then I am sure that the world will be a slightly better place. Regards. :) Chienlit (talk) 11:46, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi. Nice to hear from you again. I don't know much - anything, really - about Tom Gascoyne, I'm afraid. I shall read your article with interest and start burrowing about. No promises but if I come across anything, I shall be your faithful servant as usual. Les woodland (talk) 06:25, 22 February 2011 (UTC)les woodland

Hi Les, busy old day today for Jeb Gascoygne - at dawn you start to cast a very welcome eye, and at noon (GMT) he will be the headline/pictured item on DYK. I am hopeful that some improvements will ensue. When I wrote to you I thought I had exhausted every Google search, but then 'Daemonic Kangaroo' alerted me that his nickname was Jeb and the wonderful Otago Witness beckoned from the other side of the world - it transformed the article. But his early English and European career is still under-documented. Anyway, many thanks for whatever you can do. I hope that you are keeping well, it sounds as if you completed many miles and many kilometres in 2010, plus a tome or two. Regards. Peter Chienlit (talk) 10:55, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Charly Mottet[edit]

Salut de la part de la wiki française ! Aurais-tu ne serait-ce qu'une ou deux infos sur l'enfance de Charly Mottet ? On essaye de compléter l'article sur le french wiki mais on a très peu d'infos sur cette période. Merci. Damonking (talk) 20:51, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Je viens juste de trouver ton message. Désolé. En fait, je n'en sais pas grandchose de son enfance. Je chercherai - j'ai des coupures - mais... Merci, quand même. Les woodland (talk) 17:21, 17 December 2011 (UTC)les woodland

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Hi! I just read the article and think it is a great one, really well written and filled with interesting facts. I was gripped by it. I noticed you wrote it before his death, and there was only a cheap sentence to say he was dead, so I went in the history of the article and realized it was you who wrote it. I added some details to his death, feel free to add more if you know more. Once again, it was a great read, good job! Mattaidepikiw (Talk) 12:09, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

Not giving a shit is a serious offense lol Bye then. Mattaidepikiw (Talk) 05:48, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
What I'm trying to say is I'd like you to answer me, since I think you did an awesome job on the article, and it would be awesome to have maybe 2 "views" on his death. Sorry if the latter message came across as rude. Mattaidepikiw (Talk) 05:59, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
Hi. I'm surprised by "not giving a shit." Like everyone else here, I write when I can but I do have other things in my life. So I'm often not here and, even when I am, I don't always look at Wikipedia. Thanks for the kind comments, though. I'll see what I can do about the death details. Les woodland (talk) 15:25, 31 October 2012 (UTC)les woodland
Hi, I saw you retouched the death paragraph, it is more in tone with the rest of the article and sounds great! Sorry for that "not giving a shit thing", I was way out of line. Have a nice day! Mattaidepikiw (Talk) 01:43, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

Tom Simpson[edit]

Thank you for your copy edit on Bradley Wiggins. I'll be expanding Tom Simpson, with the aim of getting it to good article status. I noticed you've already made a large contribution, so any help with it would be appreciated. Also I take it that you wrote this article back in 2007? BaldBoris 11:27, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi there. Thanks for that. Yes, I'll give whatever help I can. I did indeed write that piece hundreds of years ago, and long before that I made a 30-minute piece for Radio 4 (are you in Britain?) on which a lot of it was based. happy days - lesLes woodland (talk) 11:39, 11 March 2013 (UTC)les woodland
Hello, I apologise for my delayed response. With your help I think it could become a featured article. Yes, I'm in sunny Berkshire. The radio show was made before I was born, would love to hear it. I found a reference to your book Dope: The Use of Drugs in Sport on Doping in sport, but the page number was missing, its cites the note about strychnine in the doping section. I've sorted out the death section, which proved to be a bit of a nightmare, with all the conflicting stories. I'll leave questions on the talk page so everyone can have a chance to get involed, so keep an eye on it in the near future. BaldBoris 15:54, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

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