Cycle Touring Photo Competition 2020: The Winners Are…

The judges will now deliberate and come up with a shortlist of ten photographs. Those ten shortlisted winners will all win a brand new EuroVelo map. There will then be a public vote (a knock-out competition) that will start on Tuesday 2nd June – here on, on Twitter and on Facebook with the votes being added together to determine the first, second and third placed photographs.

The Vango Force Ten MTN 2 Tent

I have a new tent, kindly supplied by The tent was actually delivered a couple of months ago in anticipation of my now-cancelled trip to Japan this summer but I was hoping to erect it for the first time at the now-cancelled Cycle Touring Festival earlier this month. No one can cancel the sunny weather however and, courtesy of the farmer who lives next door, yesterday I finally erected the tent in one of his fields. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Vango Force Ten MTN 2 tent!

The Cycling Europe Podcast: Episode 020

When I started writing my first book – Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie – I never imagined that it would one day help encourage a man who I’d never met to chuck in his long-term job and start cycling around the World. But apparently it did. That man is Ian Finlay and in this episode of The Cycling Europe Podcast he tells us about his journey so far through Europe, Asia and across Australia to New Zealand where, yet again, a certain virus put a spoke in his plans…

Is It Better To Cycle Indoors Or Outdoors?

Cycling is one of the best ways you can get in shape. It is a cardiovascular exercise that can be fun, challenging and should you wish, even competitive. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cycling is perhaps the best thing you can do to legally get outside the house, keep your distance from others and enjoy the spring sunshine while reaping the exercise rewards. But on the flipside, you may prefer or be required to self-isolate at home, where you can make use of an indoor exercise bike.

The Cycle Touring Festival This Weekend! (No..?)

At last! It’s here! The weekend of the Cycle Touring Festival in Clitheroe. I’m really looking forward to… What? Really? Ah yes… It was cancelled. Mmm… That pesky Coronavirus thing. Bugger! What’s that? Oh yes, I remember… There was a ‘virtual’ replacement festival that took place in April instead. Of course there was…