Cycling and Mental Health

Wednesday last week was World Mental Health Day. I was inspired by the courage of a number of friends who shared their own experiences of living with mental health problems. That openness and honesty is so important, and I think this is an example of one way social media can be a powerful force for…

Allen Valley Velo Two-Stage Hill-Climb

Yesterday I took part in my first competitive cycling event: the annual Two-Stage Hill-Climb competition organised by my club. For the uninitiated, it’s a time trial event – riders start at one-minute intervals and race against the clock. In this particular event there are two hills, you race up each in turn and your combined…

Humber Bridge 200 Audax

A year ago I took part in my first audax. An audax is a non-competitive long-distance cycling event, with its origins in France. As I understand it, years ago cyclists in France would ride from one city to another and back again within a certain time-frame, bringing some sort of proof of having visited their…

Tofu Stir-fry after a Weekend Away

I’ve been away for a residential weekend as part of a study course I’m doing. It was the first time I had really had to rely on someone else to cook me vegan food. I had informed my college in advance, so just had to trust that the message would get through. I have stayed…