Cycling

Long time no cycle, first time good

May 15, 2014

Remember me? I am enjoying it, but parenthood doesn’t half place a lot of demands on your spare time. If I add to that a house move, then a hell of a lot of (wholly unexpected) building works, then I might be some way towards having a credible excuse for not having written a blog […]

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London to Brighton 2013 and the best training ever

June 17, 2013

I lined up on the start line just before 6.30am for the 2013 (and my second) BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride. I don’t feel my fitness is quite where it was last year, and with the absence of someone to compete against I took a slightly more relaxed approach from the start. As well […]

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Getting back in the saddle for London to Brighton.

June 9, 2013

Its been a couple of weeks since touching the bike or the blog. I finally got around to writing up a summary of how I planned my John O’Groats to Lands End cycle ride and creating a menu item for all the posts relating to the trip. Now its time to turn my thoughts to next […]

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Ideas for cycling end to end, with the benefit of hindsight.

June 9, 2013

With the benefit of newly acquired hindsight (1061 miles of it) I wanted to share a few ideas for anyone considering cycling end to end. JOGLE or LEJOG? The first significant decision you need to make is the direction of travel. I decided on John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) based primarily on avoiding the […]

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Learning to walk again

May 25, 2013

It feels strange now the cycling is done. Not just mentally, physically too. Walking uses a different set of muscles and is accompanied by a sense of dizziness. I just don’t feel at home on 2 legs yet. I’m spending a few days in St Ives before returning to London. The sun is shining, and […]

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Penzance to Lands End (and back again)

May 23, 2013

The weather forecast for today on the chalkboard in my hotel reception looked none too rosy. 11 degrees, showers, and a strong cold wind It didn’t fill me with much enthusiasm. Still, it looked fairly bright so I made an early start and rolled out of Penzance at 9.15am. I passed on the direct road […]

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Lostwithiel to Penzance, and the mining trail

May 22, 2013

I had a lazy start to the day, which meant I didn’t get cycling until almost midday. I was glad I stopped when I did last night, because the enormity of the hill I was confronted with as I left town would surely have reduced me to tears. It took a fair while to ascend, […]

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Tiverton to Lostwithiel, and fatigue causes forgetfulness

May 22, 2013

I ripped up the plan and decided it was time to take a more direct route today. I was knackered before I even started, which may go some way towards explaining what happened next. I spent the first couple of miles fighting a sense of having forgotten something, and mentally running through a list of […]

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Bath to Tiverton and the breakfast hostage

May 20, 2013

After a lovely weekend at a nice hotel in Bath it was time to get back on the road. To aid an early start I ordered an early breakfast from room service, to be delivered between 7.30-7.45. I was showered, packed and ready to go. But where was breakfast? At 7.50 I rang reception and […]

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Bristol to Bath, a day of disused railway lines

May 17, 2013

I only had a few miles in order to reach Bath, just 12 miles by road according to Google maps. I’d spotted a sign for the Bristol-Bath cycle route near the docks the previous afternoon, and thought it would be easy to pick up this morning. It wasn’t. I ended up on the Whitchurch Way, […]

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