My First 307.64 km Bike Ride

I can honestly say that I am amazed I didn’t crash at this point as there were a number of times I was jolted away from a hedge at the side of the road by a shot of adrenalin at the last minute. At one point I even had to slap myself on the face!

My First Bike Packing Trip – The Isle of Wight

I had been wanting to do this for exactly six years. I know that because it was in 2014 that I bought my Specialized AWOL touring bike with the specific purpose of taking up a different style of riding. Since then, my interest in road cycling took off and I found myself glued to a…

What I really think of the New Specialized Roubaix Comp

I’ve ridden my Roubaix through the depths of winter, over every wet badly surfaced road in the area, and through beautiful countryside on hot sunny days on 100 mile+ rides. I’ve now got a good idea what this bike is really like and some good reference points for that view. As background, the bike I…

2020 Highlights

It might seem a bit premature to be talking about the highlights for 2020 whilst coming to the end of March, but it is a good time to mention that I am now going to update the gallery for the year on the fly. The Gallery menu now has two options, one for the historic…

Fosseway Fun

As I dived between puddles, holes and deep ridges in the track, the open bi-way in front of me just pulled me further and further along. Stopping only for photographs and, as you can see, nerd like levels of documenting on the GoPro, I felt like a child out in the 70’s with no care in the world

My Cycling Year in Numbers

I had one numerical goal when I started the year and that was to hit 4,000 miles. I hadn’t achieved that in previous years and therefore I figured why not. 2017 had been my best year ever and as 2018 had gone a bit backwards compared to that I decided it was the year I…

Coffee Stop Snob

We used to base our rides around the route. Now we base them around the cafe stop, the wind and then the route in that order

If I Were Strava CEO

If my Strava personal assistant (and let’s call her Sally) offered me the chance of setting up such a goal, reminded me of it, reported against my progress and even gave me a nudge if I was below schedule for that period, would it make me work a bit harder?

Specialized Roubaix Comp 2020

My finger hovered over the mouse as the screen urged me to hit the buy button on the Specialized Roubaix Comp that was advertised

London to Amsterdam – why not?

Approximately two years ago I set out to organise a London to Paris bike ride for anyone at work that was interested in coming with me. The aim, was to raise money for the charity Sanitation First and the consequence would hopefully be fun as well as a positive outcome for the charity. It was…

Cotswold Sportive

There was a time when a Sportive would be seen as a big event for me, so much so that I would even lay my clothes out on the floor the night before, write check lists and plan an energy fuelled breakfast. Now, without wanting to sound too cocky, I don’t even want to attend…

Trophy Cabinet

I had stayed at Liz’s house in London the night before as they were away somewhere and I think we were babysitting or something. Either way, it meant I had to get up very early if I was going to get to Blenheim Palace on time. The race was due to start at 9.30am and…

Finding Fifty

Life begins at 40 they said. I’m hoping I can say the same about 50 as it’s coming round the corner pretty darn quick ..