2022 Cycling Objectives – In A Nutshell

Each year I try to ensure I put down some realistic and obviously desirable activities or aims that for the forthcoming 12 months. By writing it down, I’m 5% of the way there. By stating it publicly, well that leaves me with no excuses whatsoever. Time will tell. 1. 10 x 100 = 100 miles…

2021 Remembered

It’s always a good at this time of year to take a moment to reflect on what is happened in the last 12 months. Was it a good year? Did I do all that I set to? and perhaps the biggest question of all, did I make the most of it? In yet another COVID…

Specialized Roubaix Comp 2022 – What It’s Really Like

It’s a long story how I came to own a Roubaix Comp 2022 so soon after their release, and the short version is due to warranty issues I had with the previous 2020 Comp model. I had started early bike life on a Roubaix 2012 Comp so when that 2020 version came along after such…

Oxford by Bike – Another 130 mile + Ride

Every now and then one of us gets the crazy idea to cycle somewhere afar and the next thing I know it’s early in the morning and I am outside their house waiting to set-off. That was Saturday and on this occasion the chosen destination was Oxford. Why? If I recall correctly because it is…

Why 2020 Was A Great Year

If you have experienced a pretty crappy year and one that impacted you personally, whether because of COVID or any other reason, I’m sorry to hear that. Whilst I have come out of the year so far unscathed compared to others, I have preferred to focus on the positives of the year as there were…

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…

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

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 ..

A Very British Cycle Ride

Whenever I head to the coast, particularly the Dorset coast, it reminds me of all those family holidays down to Weymouth, Bournemouth and the various beaches around the area. That’s why a cycle trip that takes in these very shores is always something to look forward to, and why it has now become a bit…