I Don’t Have To Cycle Up Everest…

Here is a post from Rachel Cullen’s website. She’s a runner but has caught the bug for cycling… For anyone who knows the Calder Valley (as I do), the hills she refers to will be familiar. I feel her pain!


It all began a few months ago, when I dug my old 2010 Trek mountain bike out of the cellar and heaved it into Halfords for a service (and by this, I mean checking that the wheels were still round – the back one was suspect) pumping up the tyres, and making sure the brakes still work. And as much as I’m no cycling connoisseur, the name ‘Avid Juicy’ (a brand of cycling brakes, for the unenlightened) had stuck in my mind. To my knowledge, they may well have run out of their magical avid juice.

Wheels round? Check

Tyres pumped up? Check

Brakes working? Check

Gears working? Kind of. Well, not really, as they keep sticking, but just about manageable. Plus, I’d forgotten how to use them, so no bother.

It was the start of a new era. Not some Kick Ass, Dream Big! plan to cycle round…

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  1. I’ve just dropped a peanut down my cycling shirt, but not to worry I’ll eat it later. The reason for the peanuts is they go with the beer we’re having in our hotel in Sans Sabastian. Yes! Made it to Spain, ha ha. Couldn’t quite cycle all the way into Sans Sabastian as I didn’t want to get arrested for cycling along the motorway I found myself on, so prudence ruled and I met Fenella at the first slip-road I came across. Still, as motorways go it was a very nice motorway and the Spanish drivers seemed more amused than annoyed with me. So, this is really just a short blog to say we did it! I’d originally planned to complete the journey in 24 cycling days, but managed to complete in 21 cycling days, so feeling a bit chuffed with myself. A bit more of a blog to come later. But for now more peanuts and beer.


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