Cycling Europe: Coming To A Northern Town Near You…

Well, if you live in Yorkshire that is. I’ve done a fair bit of speaking about my travels on a bike (called Reggie) since I returned from that first adventure back in 2010 from southern England to southern Italy – the full list of speaking engagements is here – and the elongated speaking tour of the World continues in 2020…

First up in 2020 is a talk about my recent journey across northern Spain and Portugal at my local branch of Cycling UK or, as they prefer to call themselves in these parts, Calderdale CTC. The group’s commendable desire to hold onto tradition extends to the wonderful covers of their newsletter:

My contribution to the regular Friday evening speaking events is on Friday 31st January, rather suitably the day upon which the UK is scheduled to leave the glorious European Union. Let’s hope that at some point in the next two months a large spanner is inserted between the spokes of that ridiculous plan and the subject of the talk – Spain to Portugal on a Bike Called Wanda – should be a wonderful celebration of freedom of movement and a metaphorical two-fingers to the rabid Brexitiers. All of the Friday evening talks are open to the public whether you be a member of Cycling UK or not and there is a small charge of ยฃ1.50 to feed the meter and buy the biscuits. All talks take place at The Oddfellows’ Rooms on the corner of Prescott Street and Coleridge Street in Halifax (HX1 2JF). Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Later in the year – on Thursday 9th April (that’s the evening before Good Friday) – I’m in York to deliver a talk about the most recent trans-continental cycle from Tarifa in Spain to Nordkapp in Norway as featured in the book Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie. The talk takes place at The Crooked Tap in Acomb (YO26 5LL) and kicks off at 7.30pm. It looks like a fun venue. I’m even tempted to cycle over there for a spot of Easter cycle touring and camping. Full details of the event will no doubt be posted soon on the pub’s Facebook page. Watch that space!

If you’d like me to talk to your cycling club or at your local pub (or anywhere else where you hang out with your friends), please get in touch. All the contact details can be found on this page of You don’t have to be based in Yorkshire or, indeed, in the north of England. I specialise in outreach work for those of you not fortunate enough to live in these parts… Here’s a sample of what you could be in for:

What are you waiting? ๐Ÿ™‚

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