Gosh Alan, so you won the famous tour de france? Wow. Good job!

I've been trying to imagine how that conversation must have gone, of you being counselled at length by the spinal team on the risks of surgery. That must have been a pretty sobering and serious discussion. I wonder, did they discuss with you the relative risks to your future health regarding your prognosis and what you'd probably face in terms of progression, without such surgical intervention? Sorry, a serious question I realise - just ignore it if you want.

A map of your brainwaves? I'd be fascinated to see that printout..!