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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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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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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Severn Across

This weekend saw me finally cross the 400km mark. I’ve come tantalisingly close previously, but could never bring myself to bother piling on the distance unnecessarily. Quite a relief to have it out of the way, considering this will be my target distance most days of the TCR. As usual, the plan was to keep […]

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3 Down Audax

This weekend saw another impromptu TCR London meetup, this time at the 3 Down audax. I’d arranged to ride out with Paul Buckley (a TCR vet and 2016 entrant) and it turned out at least 3 other riders have previously ridden TCR… Darren also put in an appearance, bombing around the first half of the course to […]

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Steam Ride London Oxford London

I had been looking forward to the London Oxford London audax for weeks – my first audax of 2016 and motivation to put in the miles despite the weather. In preparation, I rode a hilly century to Brighton and back on the Saturday. I was slightly annoyed to ride this solo after offering it as […]

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