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EXCLUSIVE: Le Grand Tour – Day 26

In the writing of the book about last year’s Grand Tour of Europe, I’ve arrived in the west of France, at a small family-run campsite near the coastal town of La Bernerie-en-Retz. I occasionally post what I’ve written to the website and below you can read my account of day 26 of the journey that took place in late July 2022. I have to say that this fourth book is taking me far longer to write than the previous books, but that’s for good reasons rather than bad. I have no pressure with this one. I ticked the box of having a book published through official channels with ‘Spain to Norway…’ and have as yet made no effort whatsoever to find a publisher for this fourth instalment of my travels. As a result, I have no deadline to finish the first draft. It will happen later in the year, perhaps even in early 2024 but I do feel that the quality of what I am writing is benefiting from the lack of external pressure. You may ultimately agree or disagree… but you might have to wait until the spring of 2024 to find out. If you are a publisher, feel free to get in touch.

New Cycling Film: The Engine Inside

This looks good. A film about cyclists that crosses the globe to tell a simple truth that the humble bicycle is the answer to many problems faced by humanity. Thanks to cycling acquaintance Simon Johnson for pointing me in its direction. Alas none of the showings are near me in the north of England. Letโ€™s hope it goes online soon.

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How To Choose The Perfect eBike For Your Lifestyle

Are you considering purchasing an ebike but have not decided what kind would be best? There are many things to consider when buying an ebike, such as portability, budget, the type of ebike, and your purpose for getting one. Ebikes are also quite costly. Doing as much research as possible before committing to an ebike would be a good idea.ย 

Happy World Bicycle Day!

World Bicycle Day is a global initiative that takes place on 3rd June each year. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2018 to promote the multiple benefits of using bicycles as a means of transportation, fostering sustainable development, health, and well-being. I’m off for a ride with a friend. Hopefully you are too…

The Culzean Way

Here’s an interesting email from the cyclist and filmmaker Marcus Stitz… I’ve featured his films on before; he is based in Scotland and many of his films are about routes in Scotland but he also ventures further afield. The Culzean Way, however, is one of his Scottish films and when I saw the name I did think it sounded familiar. I’ve just realised why… Culzean Castle!

black and silver dslr camera beside white ceramic mug on brown wooden table

8 Cycling Essentials You Should Have At Homeย 

If you are just getting into cycling and are keen to set yourself up with the right kit, weโ€™re here to help. As a cyclist, there are several items youโ€™ll want on hand at home, so you are prepped and ready to get out on the road. Here are eight of the essentials youโ€™ll need to get started.ย