• 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…

  • Autumn Day Out Audax

    On Saturday 12th October, I rode the Autumn Day Out 150km Audax from Trowell in Nottingham. Find out how I got on along with all the rookie mistakes of trying to make my first YouTube video 🤣 The route was fairly ordinary as far as exciting routes go: very few highlights, plenty of Roman Roads, bit of a headwind and…

  • Tarp Tuesday: Episode 1

    When your head’s a bit all over the place, it’s nice to escape the real world and bring it back to basics. A last-minute suggestion from Lorna to fulfil a bucket-list stomp, sleep and swim at Mermaid’s Pool in the Peak District was the perfect remedy. We parked at the foot of Kinder Reservoir and waded through the open access…

  • Paris-Brest-Paris 2019

    When the idea of Paris-Brest-Paris was first floated to me last year, I didn’t think I’d actually complete it. The last time I mouthed off about a bicycle adventure, I didn’t finish it so why would this be any different? PBP is different, though. It’s 6000 friends and soon-to-be friends riding their bikes around northern France’s countryside in late summer…