Along The Med: Three Years Ago Today

It was August 28th 2013 when I completed my cycle from southern Greece to southern Portugal. The full story here or the even fuller story here… And here are a few photographic memories. Full marks to anyone who can identify where they were taken; Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain or Portugal?…

“Spain To Norway On A Bike Called Reggie”: The End Is Nigh

Originally posted on apsykes.com:
Not a new subtitle, just an indication that at some point in the next week I will finish the first draft of the manuscript for the new book. Here’s what I’m currently spending many hours looking at: When I cycled from Tarifa to Nordkapp I stopped making written notes after…

10 Essentials For Long-Distance Cycling Trips

I came across this article that I wrote for a bike insurance website last year when writing the new book, Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie, yesterday. It never appeared on CyclingEurope.org but here it is now… If you’re planning a long distance cycling trip, it’s important that you keep your packing to an absolute minimum,…

The Brompton Folding Bicycle: A Factory Visit

Originally posted on CyclingEurope.org:
I have a friend who owns a Brompton bicycle. When I meet him for a coffee, he invariably arrives at the cafe on his Brompton. He speaks lovingly about his travelling companion in the same way that I speak about my own bicycle, Reggie. People think that I am strange…

Pedalling Ideas, Leeds, 17/18 September

In exactly 30 days from now*…. I have mentioned Ian Street a few times on these pages in the past. He is the man behind the successful Leeds Bicycle Film Club (as heard on BBC Radio 4!) and his next project is… Pedalling Ideas. The clue is in the title of the event but here are more…

Mont Blanc To The Matterhorn: Hiking Day 10 / Rest Day In Zermatt

A memorable final day of hiking; magnificent views of the Matterhorn after our final climb (and descent by train) of the trip…   …preceded by an impromptu meeting with Theresa May, the new prime minister, in the morning. Here she is chatting to the senior walker of our group (and fellow Oxford graduate in Geography)…

Guide To Cycling La Vélodyssée, France

By Mark Shaw The Vélodyssée isn’t just long…it’s so long it stretches all the way to Devon! In fact, this incredible Atlantic coats cycling route extends for a full 1,245km, taking in glorious regions like Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Poitiou-Charentes and Aquitaine along the way. What’s more, with more than 80% of the entire route…

Mont Blanc To The Matterhorn: Hiking Days 1-3

The weather has turned somewhat – I’m typing from the shelter of my tent with rain thundering down outside – but some spectacular hiking in France and Switzerland. Enjoy the photographs: