Tour of the Borders and Galloway

600 kilometres is a long way. If you were to drive 600 kilometres in a car you’d probably be really tired when you got to your destination and want a nice cup of tea and a sit down. However, on Saturday about 50 of us set off from Ponteland (near Newcastle), aiming to cover that…

Randonnée Round the Year

A few weeks ago I completed my first Randonnée Round the Year (RRTY) – a verified 200k audax every calendar month for a year. Here’s how I did it… In May 2018 I did two audaxes over 200k – the Cumbrian 200 and the Mosstrooper 300. The weather for the Cumbrian 200 was spectacular, as…

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Last weekend I completed my fourth qualifier for Paris-Brest-Paris – the Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 400. It starts at Poynton, near Stockport, follows the north coast of Wales, over to Anglesey, past the village with the long name, out to Holyhead and then all the way back again. I was looking forward to this ride. I had done…

Beyond the Dales we Know

Whenever a storm has a name you know the conditions aren’t going to be great for cycling. Last weekend I took part in the ‘Beyond the Dales we Know’ 300k audax, and Storm Hannah joined in too. It was the second of my four qualifiers for Paris-Brest-Paris. My original plan had been to ride a…

Banana Blossom ‘Fish’ n Chips

I’ve had a tin of banana blossom sitting at the back of the cupboard for a while, and it was time to do something with it. It’s strange stuff, but I’ve found it works as a really good vegan alternative to fish or seafood. It worked really well in the paella I made last year….

The Yorkshire Gallop

Yesterday I rode the Yorkshire Gallop – a 200k calendared audax in the Vale of York, starting near Darlington. I would imagine around 40 riders started, setting off at 8am. The forecast was good; sunny with a gentle breeze. We seemed to have a light tail wind to start with, and that combined with riding…

Paris-Brest-Paris

This summer I am aiming to complete Paris-Brest-Paris. It is one of the oldest and most challenging events in long-distance cycling. The aim is to ride from the French capital to Brest and back again in 90 hours – 1200km in total, twice the biggest distance I’ve done before. I genuinely don’t know if my…

Home from Edinburgh

I got up early on Saturday and caught a train to Edinburgh. It was cold. Very cold. There was snow on the ground and there was something rather beautiful about the frozen landscape as the sun started to come up. This was my 200k ride for February, the tenth of my attempt at a Randonnee…

Riding Slowly to a Castle

On Saturday I competed the ninth ride in my attempt to complete a ‘Randonnee Round the Year’ – a 200k ride every calendar month for a year.It was cold and there was snow around, but the forecast for the day was reasonable – cloudy but dry and light winds. There was a suggestion of a…