Yes, quite a long wait between episodes 3 and 4 but the April 2018 podcast is now available to download from iTunes or your preferred podcast provider. You can even listen to it directly from CyclingEurope.org – all the links can be found on the podcast page of CyclingEurope.org.
Episode 4 kicks off with some reflections on continuing to cycle through the winter – something that I have singularly failed to do on a regular basis in recent months – and I am suitably shamed by ‘Forest Cyclist‘, Suzanne, Jim, Einar and James. Listen to their experiences of battling through the harsh British winter of 2017/18 (or Oslo in the case of Einar) and their top tips for keeping pedalling.
Their advice might be of use to George Neville and his wife Bea. They are currently cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End… on London hire bikes. It’s all in the name of charity of course and I spoke to George at the end of their first day on the bikes. More details about their quirky expedition can be found on George’s YouTube page; here’s the story of their first day (before George spoke to the podcast).
Keeping motivated on their long cycle south will be key for George and Bea. It was certainly one of my concerns as I started to cycle from Tarifa to Nordkapp in 2015. Then I met Paul from The Netherlands… Listen to me read from an extract from Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie where I recount the meeting and the important fact of which Paul reminded me.
You may have already read about The HandleBards on CyclingEurope.org a few weeks ago in March. If you didn’t, you can do so here. The podcast gave me the opportunity of chatting to the actor Paul Moss about the cycling thespians and their plans for summer 2018.
To round things off, I head to Leeds and the Yorkshire office of Sustrans, the people in charge of the National Cycle Network. I have plans in 2018 to cycle all of the Yorkshire routes and Sustran’s Rupert Douglas filled me in on the routes that fan out across the county. More information about my plans on the ‘Yorkshire 2018‘ page of the website.
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