Cycle Magazine June / July 2023… And Le Grand Tour

Welcome to June… and to the summer of 2023. Well, if the first is your definition of summer. There are several from which to choose. My focus over the next few months will be to continue to write the first draft of my new book about last year’s ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe. I’m now heading south along the Vélodyssée in the west of France (day 25 of around 60) so I should have that draft ready by the end of the summer. However, earlier this year I was approached by Dan Joyce, the editor of Cycling UK’s Cycle magazine, asking if would be able to contribute an article about last year’s cycle. That article has now been published and if you are a member of Cycling UK, you should have received your copy of the magazine in the last few days. It’s the June / July issue.

It has a print run of over 50,000 copies making it (I think) the UK’s biggest cycling-themed magazine. However, there is an abridged version of the magazine available online so if you would like to read the first part of the article I wrote you can do so by visiting the Cycling UK website. It’s also here:

I’ve never been a magazine cover model before… You can join Cycling UK (and receive the magazine for free) by following this link.

Remember that, if you can’t wait for the book to be published (hopefully later in 2023 or early 2024), you can listen to the series of podcasts that I made whilst I was travelling…

…or watch the four films that I made once I returned home:

I’ve already been contacted by a couple of people following publication of the article. The ‘map holder’ shown on the front cover of the magazine is actually a Topeak ‘tablet holder’ that I have repurposed to put a paper map into.

As for the photographs… I made over 50 of them available to Dan and he has chosen a smaller number to feature in the magazine. However, below are all the photos that I made available:


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