“WOW 24/7 Entertainment”!

No pressure then… It’s probably fair to say that most of you are not avid readers of the Halifax Courier so for those not fortunate enough to be within the newspaper’s catchment area of the Calder Valley of West Yorkshire, here is a cutting from the ‘WOW 24/7 Entertainment’ section:  Those feet are becoming famous in their…

Cycling Five Countries In One Day?

Is it possible? I cycled eight countries in nearly four months back in 2015 but five in one day? According to Karsten Koehler, yes it was and in April 2016 he set about proving his suspicion by heading to Belgium with his bike… Here he explains his motivation: I enjoy long cycle rides, and last year…

The Happy People Of Osnabrück…

Today, I read, is International Day of Happiness. (Isn’t every day? Mmm… Perhaps not…) Anyway, upon discovering that March 20th is a day of all-round joy (apologies if you’re just not feeling it), I was reminded of cycling through Lower Saxony en route from Tarifa to Nordkapp for the new book, Spain to Norway on…

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival: Bike Packing Films

I spent the afternoon in Sheffield watching some short cycle touring films at SHAFF, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. Below are the films that I was able to see. The text is from the SCHAFF website. COMES WITH BAGGAGE – 18MINS (trailer) “Comes With Baggage” is a lighthearted history of bicycle travel in the Americas, that…

The Ultimate Road Trip: Route 66…

…well, the one in Calderdale. Route 66 of Britain’s National Cycle Network. “National Cycle Route 66 runs from central Manchester to Spurn Head via Bradford, Leeds, York, Beverley, and Kingston upon Hull.” according to those in charge. More details here. This afternoon part of route 66 was the final leg of a 46 km jaunt along the Calder Valley and back…

The Scottish Bothy Bible

Between Trondheim and the sixty-fifth line of latitude, Norway had been comparatively flat. Although my cycling route had taken me along valleys, and beside lakes and fjords, the mountains I was passing were modest in size. There was little to excite your average Munro bagger along the coast of Trondelag and drag him from his…

The New Yorkshire Commute

It’s been a sunny day in West Yorkshire, the perfect day to film my circular commute to work. More details of the route on Strava. Over to you Bizet…

Spain To Norway On A Bike Called Reggie: Book Update

There hasn’t been one of these for a while but that doesn’t mean that things are not progressing. I can assure you that they have and the great news is that the final, final, final manuscript has now been signed off and is ready for printing. According to the publishers, Summersdale, that should take place…

Cycle Commuting… And Competing

I don’t suppose that the people who invented Strava ever had my relatively short commute from Stainland to Elland and back in mind when they invented their system but this week I’ve been putting it to good use doing just that. I even have a ‘heatmap’! It’s a start… For years I have been loyal…

The Bicycle That Went Out Into T’Cold

It’s Saturday afternoon (or it was when I wrote this) and my half-term break from social media (see previous post) encouraged me to get back out on Dale, the Cannondale… He’s been shamelessly inactive in recent months but this final week in February has finally seen some action! Nothing too adventurous; a ride to the…