Now I hasten to point out that I am writing this not because I plan to surprise you and announce that I have decided to enter one of these mythical rides (sorry to disappoint…) but because yesterday I recorded a fascinating chat with Dr Ian Walker for The Cycling Europe Podcast that will hopefully be published in the next week or so. In fact, I would go so far as saying that it was probably the most fascinating discussion I’ve had so far. Perhaps that was down to this ‘mythical’, ‘mysterious’ status that these rides have in the cycling world.
Updated 31/7/17 – Scroll to bottom for a few notes about ‘audax’ On the day of perhaps Britain’s largest and most well-known sportive – the Prudential Ride London – a few reflections about language. As a French speaker I know the meaning of the word ‘sportive‘ in its […]
Coming soon, the Italian translation of ‘Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie‘. Here’s the prologue, translated by Enrico Antonio Mion: Prologo Vendono una maglietta con scritto che esistono tre ragioni per diventare insegnante: Natale, Pasqua e l’estate. Sebbene non concordi con questo sentimento cinico, vi è un […]
La versione italiana del libro “Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie” è disponibile sotto forma di eBook su Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo e molti altri rivenditori online. «L’anno accademico doveva essere stato difficile perché con l’arrivo delle vacanze estive Andrew Sykes, un insegnante di scuola media, era felice di fare il meno […]
I spoke to a chap in Cyclezone; he said the same as the guy in Evans yesterday. Estimated that to change to butterflies would cost around £100 to £150 minus the amount I could get on Ebay for the current levers and shifters. I then braved it and […]
Just received an email from a chap called John Davies in Willesden. He writes: I am also planning a ride to Italy next year. I will be starting from Shropshire, where my father was born and riding to Rieti (about 50miles) from Rome where my mother was born. […]
Some more useful information from “Audax John” who was in touch a couple of weeks ago, including a clarification about what “Audax Cycling” actually is:Audax is a slightly clandestine activity, with riders slogging through the lanes of our land at the dead of a night. No sag wagons, […]
John Davies, the Audax cyclist from Willsden has emailed back with some more details of the Audax route from Calais to Brindisi. He writes: Attached is an article from the most recent edition of Arrivée, the magazine of Audax UK. It doesn’t really give you much information about […]