BIKEPACKING NORWAY

Or the Lofoten Islands, to be precise. Lofoten is firmly in the Arctic Circle, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, has the largest positive temperature anomaly in the world relative to latitude. Combined with the stunning scenery and low population, it seemed the perfect place to take the bike for a week of exploration. In […]

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Mille Pennines

My DNF at the TransAtlantic Way has been weighing heavily on my mind, so a few weeks ago I decided to find a challenge with comparable distance and climbing to the section of TAW that I missed. As luck would have it, Mille Pennines had four drop out spaces available and offered around 12,000m of […]

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TransAtlantic Way

I’ve been holding off writing this up as I still haven’t gotten over the disappointment of scratching. The TAW was my main target for the year, something I’d trained extremely hard for and my first chance to measure myself against some of the giants of the ultracycling world. Everything was going perfectly right up until […]

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Bryan Chapman Memorial 2018

It feels like an absolute age since I signed up to the 2018 edition of this event. It’s one of the most popular audaxes on the calendar and you need to fire off a cheque pretty early to get a place. I don’t think I’d even made up my mind which ultra race I’d be […]

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London Wales London 2018

This is the third time I’ve done LWL (or Severn Across, as was), so I shan’t bore you with ALL the details. Suffice to say, I once again missed my target of getting back before 9pm – this time due to sheer stupidity and deciding to wear in a brand new pair of kicks. My […]

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Bothycation

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Sometimes you’re a tad ‘underfunded’ for a mini break. Those are the times when I like to grab a bivvy sack and find somewhere pleasant to go and get a terrible night’s sleep. Poring over an OS map a few weeks ago I’d spotted a […]

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Something for the weekend

I’m a little behind on updates – it’s been a hectic few months and there have been no audaxes. There has, however, been adventure. I’d been rethinking what makes me love ultra distance cycling and the inimitable Darren Franks offered the type of wisdom only he can: less badges, more fun. It’s never been about […]

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Mille Sicilia

My season finished with LEL and I’ve mostly been mucking around since then, with no training or structure to speak of. I decided in early October to formalise that time off and take a proper rest, winding down to just commutes and occasional fun rides out with friends. It was about a week into this […]

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Greenwich Mean Climb

GMC holds a special place in my heart – it’s the first audax I ever rode as a member of AUK. It was the end of my 2015 season, I was bored of TTing, wanted some longer rides and spotted two 300km audaxes starting within a short riding distance of home a week apart, so […]

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Flatlands 600 (again)

Want to know what it feels like to ride the Flatlands? Set your turbo up facing the most featureless wall in your house and ride continuously for around 30 hours. No coasting, but you can climb off every few hours to get some food and drink. I knew what I was letting myself in for, […]

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London-Edinburgh-London

Strap in. It’s a long one! The London-Edinburgh-London was one of the first ‘ultra’ rides I ever came across and sparked a curiosity and a desire to be able to cycle such distances – not as a tourist, but against the clock and pushing to find your limits. It was a slow burn and it […]

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Willy Warmer 200km Audax

It’s been a long winter waiting for audax season to kick back in. I spent October-December working a couple of days a week in Amsterdam and watching my fitness slowly unravel from the endless lack of sleep, lack of training time and days off the bike, so January couldn’t come soon enough. The glamour of […]

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Flatland 600 (Super Randonneur)

A week before the Transcontinental I was knocked off my bike. Two teenage girls stepped out in front of me without looking – one ran when she heard my shout and the other froze. I’d scrubbed pretty much all of my speed by the time I collided with the girl that froze, but my momentum […]

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Dunwich Dynamo

  This weekend saw my final chance to test my full TCR setup (which now contains almost none of my original kit) over a long distance and iron out any wrinkles. In now traditional style, this meant the weekend started with discovering my rear wheel was dead. One of the nipples had pulled through the rim, […]

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To the edge and back

Thanks to the weather, my inherent laziness and many other weak excuses, I’m yet to do any multi-day light weight tours and I figure the coming bank holiday presents my final opportunity to do so before the Transcon. I’ve decided, somewhat loosely, on heading down to Land’s End and back. Why Land’s End? Why not… […]

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