…And I’m Back!

I last wrote something for the website about a month ago, way back on the 23rd September in the run-up to the Cycle Touring Festival. Since then, I’ve been a little busy with cycling and non-cycling matters. Hopefully this post brings everything up-to-date as autumn gradually edges towards winter and we approach that moment next weekend when the clocks switch back to GMT.

First up, the Cycle Touring Festival in September. Interesting talks from cycling adventures across the world. Several of the speakers had previously featured on this website or on The Cycling Europe Podcast. And a future episode of the podcast as I recorded a chat with Tim Sanders who spoke about his travels in Croatia and crossing the Alps via the Brenner Pass. Hopefully that episode should be available before the end of the month. It will be episode 76.

It was interesting chatting with Jen. She had followed from 2022 trip around Europe via this website and social media and had logged lots of the details in preparation for a future trip of her own. Astonishing!

The weekend wouldn’t have been complete without a musical contribution from Rob Ainsley. Here he is in action in the closing moments of the festival:

Thanks to Tim and Laura Moss for organising.

Talking of the podcast… I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Craig Fee’s book in Halifax the weekend after the festival. I had interviewed Craig for episode 75 of the podcast and it was good to see his book – Cycling Into The Unknown – finally become available for all to read.

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More recently I’ve been in France! Alas not on the bike but on a school exchange visit to Perpignan. A fun time was had by all and it was interesting revisiting Perpignan and Collioure, two places that I cycled through back in 2013 as I made my way along the Mediterranean coast from Greece to Portugal and also Carcassonne that I cycled through in 2022 as part of the Grand Tour.

Here’s a short film about our visit to beautiful Collioure:

I even spotted a couple of Kogas:

Work on the book – ‘Le Grand Tour’ – continues and I aim to have it completed by the end of the year with a publication date sometime in early 2024. But it you can’t wait that long and are within distance of Chesterfield, I’ll be speaking at Chesterfield Cycling UK / CTC on Monday 30th October. All are welcome (you don’t need to be a member) and the event starts at 7.30pm at the Chesterfield Community Centre (S40 1QU). Hopefully I’ll see a few of you there!


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  1. Hi Andrew,
    good to meet you at the cycling festival last month. Im finding the Spain to Norway book very entertaining and informative reading. Currently planning a Camino cycle tour of the Ruta Via De La Plata for May 2024 to Santiago. Then follow the N2 south through Portugal
    back to Seville. keep up the good work with Cycling Europe. Take Phil

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