A soggy day but ultimately a rewarding one with some good quality and varied cycling. Hopefully Colin, Chris and Sarah are reading this. They are fellow cyclists and I chatted with them along the way. Colin was on his was home from tending to his boat but told […]
This weekend sees the start of the 2021 Cycle Touring Festival. It’s virtual once again so you can listen to the speakers and watch the films from the comfort of your own living room. You do need to register however for each of the sessions (delivered via Zoom) and you can full details on how to do that by visiting the Cycle Touring Festival website. My contribution this year will be mainly in the form of a short talk in the first session at 8pm on Friday 12th February. The theme is ‘touring in a time of COVID’ and I’ll be discussing the motivation behind setting off last summer to cycle to the four capital cities of the UK as well as the journey itself. Below are a few screenshots to whet your appetite. Look forward to seeing some of you there.
The summer of 2020 was somewhat delayed by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the lockdown restrictions that were implemented in March of that year. But by the start of July, limitations on travel had begun to be lifted and it seemed an appropriate time to head off on […]
It’s always nice when people get in contact either to give their own perspective on cycling in Europe (or indeed elsewhere) or seeking advice and guidance. Jess contacted me back in June via this post – The Alps, Security, Water & The Ciclopista Del Sole – that was […]
I joined Warmshowers – the cycle touring community’s accommodation sharing website – over 7 years ago but after finishing my last long trip in 2015 and moving up to Yorkshire, things went quiet. In Reading – in the Thames Valley – I was en route to London from […]
So far we’ve got to number 10 in the list of my Top Fifteen Tips for Long-Distance Cycling… Do a trial run Never buy a one-person tent Don’t let the weather put you off If you see a mountain, cycle towards it Try to be lucky! Write about your […]
I recently disposed of the tent (sagging back end… – the tent, not me) so initially it will be Warmshowers and Youth Hostels. B&Bs if necessary… a cheap hotel if I must. Yorkshire is blessed with plenty of Warmshowers people. I am one of the wheels on the […]
Ultimately, yes. I’ve postponed my plans for this weekend due to the weather forecast but the planning was not in vain. I am now much better prepared to shoot off for a few days of bike-packing than I was just a few days ago. Below is a record […]