A planned Winter ride. Out, head to the wind. Back, wind sailing home. Coffee pushes for the first thirty minutes, forcing two unplanned stops. The gradient continues as the gust is unforgiving. Take the first turn for 20 miles, to the right, thundering down the potholed road, break from the wind at last. Over the … Continue reading A Winter Ride
Having followed the Transcontinental bike race for a few years, and watching/ reading/ hearing about the recent upsurge in ultra distance / bikepacking races, my urge to race has been growing as much as a Hardknott Pass. I had never heard about the Transcontinental, until a few years ago I read an article somewhere online … Continue reading The Transatlantic Way and my obsession with all things ultra.
So after being hit by a car in May 2016, I have been on a love/hate recovery road back to riding most days, with the possibility of competing again in a fashion. Moving house recently, from having a 10 mile commute to work, into a 20 mile commute to work, so a 40 mile round … Continue reading First Time Audaxer, long time pedaler.
Arriving at Kaikoura bus stop, I searched around the close vicinity for what I thought a Kevin who worked on an animal farm might look like. Wandering around for 10 minutes didn't bring me any closer to Kevin and his 'white car' which he emailed me saying he would be in at 11am. 11:20am, wandering … Continue reading An Idea, No Idea (Part 2)- Polite Exploitation
Coming up to 2 years ago now, I found myself in New Zealand, sitting on a hostel bed after spending 4 days in Christchurch exploring (but mostly recovering from jet-lag). In December 2014 I found myself here. 2 months previous to that I finished university, worked in a bike shop and was applying for dead end … Continue reading An Idea, No Idea (Part 1)
24/02- 13 mile Total Walked- 28miles After a surprisingly content sleep for the low temperature, I reluctantly emerged from my sleeping bag, unzipped the 2 tent zips awkwardly with my gloved hands and the sun had yet to emerge over the horizon, but it was light enough to see. Iced boots and a … Continue reading Day 2- Stob Cross to Bardon Mill
23/02- 15 mile Day 1 started with a 07:23 train from Chester-Le-Street, meaning a fully packed bag the previous night and a lift down to the station at a unreasonably early hour. The train was packed with commuters going to Newcastle and I couldn't help but smirk when I knew they were all going to … Continue reading Day 1- Corbridge to Stobb Cross