The Final Countdown: Trans Am Bike and Gear

Having decided to take part in the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race last September, it seems hard to believe that the event is less than a week away. It’s been far from an easy road to the start: during the last nine months I’ve been hit by cars twice, torn a calf muscle, and had…

Bike Stolen in Lyon

Some of you may have noticed that my satellite tracker stopped moving in Lyon as I attempted to ride between London and Rome. On Friday night I stopped at a hotel to escape some fairly torrential rainstorms, leaving my bike locked up in a secure car park only accessible to hotel guests (who had paid…

Buckingham Blinder 400km Audax — Ride Report

Apologies for the lack of pictures — it wasn’t the most picturesque route! Cardiff — Buckingham On the 5th April I went down to Cardiff to ride my second Audax – the 400km Buckingham Blinder — rather than travel down on the day I stayed near Cardiff the night before, meaning that I managed to make the…

Control the Controllables

With 2014 inexorably marching on, the Trans Am Bike Race suddenly seems incredibly close. It’s almost exactly three months until the ‘Grand Depart’ in Astoria and while training, planning, and kit selection are going well, the feeling that there’s limited time until kickoff is hard to shake. There’s no doubt that the next three months…

Ups and Downs

Distance cycling has given me a lot over the years, but above all it’s taught me that pushing well beyond my comfort zone can yield great rewards. Pushing hard has taken me to remote and wild places, it’s shown me that I’m capable of more than I’d imagined, and it’s expanded my horizons. But, most…

Late Night Express

It seems that my life has revolved around cycling ever since I began training for the Trans Am Bike Race last September. Don’t get me wrong, I was pretty obsessive about cycling before that point, but things have subtly shifted up a gear during the last few months. I had this epiphany at around 10pm…