• In partnership with Sonder Bikes

    The realisation that the people around us lead lives that are just as complicated and meaningful as our own. English definition of sonder from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig Alpkit has always been a favoured brand of mine since I started pushing myself in the outdoors. Their PipeDream 400 keeps me warm when I’m camping, my bivvy…

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    Long-distance cycling apps

    If you’ve made the transition into the digital age, you’ll realise you can’t ride a bike without using a bunch of cycling apps, necessary or not. Long-distance cycling is no different and in fact, I’ve found some really valuable cycling apps (both paid for and free) that enrich my experience on the bike. It goes without saying that I’m on…

  • Choosing your first 200km audax

    The Audax calendar can be confusing to navigate when you first look at it. Codes for this, that and the other, what does AAA even mean? BR-what? When I did my first 200km audax a few moons ago now (Scouting Mam Tor IIRC), I took the advice of someone I knew and didn’t even look at the jargon. It was…

  • My first Randonneur Round the Year award

    A whaty what now? Dear reader, the Randonneur Round the Year (RRtY) Award is for riders who successfully complete at least one 200km+ brevet per calendar month for a whole year. Should a rider fail to complete a brevet in a given month, they must start all over again – these rides must be consecutive. I took on the challenge…

  • First Festive 500

    In all my years of cycling I’ve never completed the Festive 500. The closest I got was 410km and on the final day, the snow and cold was just too much to try and do another 90km. By the time December 2019 rolled around, it was time to deal with the tirade of tweets from riders confirming their challenge of…