Norwegian American Weekly

What a great title for a newspaper. And in the next edition, I’m being interviewed! You can already read the article online. I do like the picture that they have chosen (and cropped, and perhaps even coloured?) to accompany the text. If I wasn’t already (quite rightly) committed to the fantastic artwork of Andy Mitchell who provided the covers for Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie and Along The Med on a Bike Called Reggie, I might be tempted to use this image for The 35 Degrees (available in all good* bookshops in autumn 2016)

*By definition, those that don’t stock the book aren’t very good…

Sunday Morning Fiddling…

That’s not a euphemism. A few tweaks to the homepage. Can anyone spot the changes?Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 08.40.05

The 2016 Prudentnial RideLondon 100 For Unicef

Pictures speak a thousand words…

(…but here are a few anyway.)

About Prudential ridelondon 100:

Date: 31 July 2016

Location: London and Surrey

Distance: 100 miles: 100 miles

Description: Prudential RideLondon 100 is a cycle like no other. Starting in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the 100 mile race takes place exclusively on closed roads, weaving through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. If you’re looking for leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, this is for you! You can take on the ride by joining team Unicef today and riding to help keep children safe. Unicef will help you with your training and fundraising and be there on the day to cheer you on!

How to register:

Registration fee: £30

Fundraising target: £600

Sign up by following this link.

Andrew Neil Speaks Sense



Here’s the list, in pictorial form, of the current best sellers on Apple iBooks ‘Travel Writing’ section in the UK. Only two of the books on the list are, as far as I am aware, self-published. Since publication (in 2011 & 2014 respectively), those two self-published books have never not been in the list. In 2016 a third book will be published. Yet, despite this, the author of the books can’t even find a literary agent let alone a publisher. Answers on a postcard (or in the comments section below…)Apple Travel Writing

Moan over…

The 35 Degrees: And We’re Off!

One of the greatest frustrations when writing Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie and subsequently Along The Med on a Bike Called Reggie was the constant need to rearrange the windows on the laptop in order to see what I needed to refer to either online or elsewhere on the computer; photos, maps, posts to the website, research… I dreamed of one day sorting myself out with either a £2,000 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display (unlikely) or at least setting up an arrangement with a larger monitor attached to the MacBook Pro (more likely). It will come as little surprise that I went for the latter option and here it is in all its technological glory. It may not be an all singing, all dancing iMac but it is a rather more modestly-priced Samsung (curved!) 24 inch monitor. And the observant amongst you will note that the first paragraph of The 35 Degrees: Heading North on a Bike Called Reggie has been written! I only wish I could say with certainty whether it should be ‘laid‘ or ‘lay‘ in that final sentence… IMG_7836

Charging Gear While Cycling: Your Opinions Needed!

Last weekend I chatted on the phone to a student at Glasgow School of Art called Chiara. She had contacted me to talk about her plans to design an effective wind turbine for use on a bike while cycling. Here is a link to a survey that she has created to seek more opinions. If you are a cyclist who has thoughts about the best ways to charge your electronic gear while cycling and have a few moments to spare, would you mind filling it in? It only takes a couple of minutes…Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 08.15.27