The Speaking Tour, Continued

It was Ireland last weekend and England this weekend: London and York. Thanks to David Hibbs and all at Blue Door Bicycles in Crystal Palace and all at The York Rally. A long but interesting and enjoyable 2 days! More dates to come in August and September (and January 2018!) – see apsykes.com/speaking.

Lismore And The Immrama Festival Of Travel Writing

My cycle along the Waterford Greenway – see previous post – was inspired by my visit to the Lismore Immrama Festival of Travel Writing where I had been asked to give a talk. A more friendlier and welcoming bunch of people it would be hard to find and I had a wonderful weekend in the…

The Waterford Greenway, Ireland

Here’s the visual story of my day cycling along the Waterford Greenway in Ireland last week. It was certainly Waterford and it was certainly green… I had camped in Dungarvan – my destination at the southern end of the Greenway – on Thursday night…   …and a friendly local (they all seemed to be) offered…

The Cycle Touring Festival – 2017 Edition

Originally posted on Beste Glatisant:
Two years I ago I attended the inaugural Cycle Touring Festival. It was an experience of wonder and excitement, a realisation that I was not alone. Someone put it much better than me and said it was like finding your tribe. And they were right. If you look online, you…

Notes From Ireland: The Waterford Cycleway

Tried to write this on Friday evening but the WordPress app chose to freeze once I’d finished and my efforts were lost. Second time lucky, hopefully. No images for the time being as the iPhone cameras – back and front – are kaput. The usual remedies have failed so I’ve been relying on the SLR…

Notes From Ireland: Home To Dungarvan

And these really are notes. The plan is to write up an article about my four days in Ireland (for publication?) once back in the U.K.  Early start / tiresome drive across Lancashire-Cheshire / North Wales much nicer / echos of the French Riviera (sea, hills, fast corniche road?) / across Menai Straits almost without…

Spain to Norway… Only £6.99!

On past experience this won’t last long but… at the moment (Saturday 10th June, 9am) Amazon.co.uk are selling Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie for just £6.99. Perhaps they want to celebrate my birthday! Be quick!

Election Night… 2015!

It’s election night… 2015. I was in a very pretty portion of western France en route from Tarifa to Nordkapp cycling along La Vélo Francette that was part of the 7,776 km journey that would eventually become Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie. It was cycling day 27, Thursday 7th May 2015: On…

Ireland: Talking Travel… And Cycling

I’m off on my travels again next week to a new (for me) European country… Ireland! More specifically I’ll be speaking at the Lismore Immrama Festival of Travel Writing – more details on the poster below – on Saturday 17th June at 12.30pm. If you happen to be near Lismore, come along! Earlier this week…

General Election 2017: The Manifestos And Cycling

To save you looking, here are the results of a little piece of research that I’ve just completed. I searched for the word ‘cycling’ in each of the main manifestos: Conservative Party Manifesto 0 mentions… Labour Party Manifesto 1 mention… Liberal Democrat Manifesto 1 mention… UKIP 0 mentions… The Green Party 2 mentions… The SNP…

Bike Week: The Film

There is a theme developing here… The second film of the day, this time from Cycling UK (yes, the CTC as was) promoting Bike Week: Bike Week is an annual opportunity to get out and enjoy yourselves cycling. Run by the world’s oldest transport organisation and membership charity, Cycling UK, Bike Week promotes the fun…