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…

Trans Am Bike Frame Has Landed

Recently things have really started to come together as I get ready for the Trans Am Bike Race, so I thought it was a good time to post an update. For a while the race has been far enough in the future that it’s felt distant, slightly removed — but now there’s less than three months until…

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…

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…

Qoroz

Some of you will remember me mentioning that I’d been up to the Cotswolds to discuss the Trans Am Bike Race with the guys at Qoroz last month. On the back of that discussion, I am delighted to announce that I will be joining Qoroz as a Brand Ambassador. They have agreed to provide me with a…

Training in North Carolina

One of the purposes of this blog is to act as a personal training log — while this is mainly to give me a record that will keep me honest and committed to putting the miles in, I hope it will also be entertaining and informative! This is what I’ve been up to on the bike…

Gear Review: Genesis Croix de Fer

I’ve put more miles on this bike than any I’ve owned before. Find out what spending more than 20,000 miles in the saddle of the Genesis Croix de Fer has revealed about the bike… This is going to be less of a traditional gear review and more like a write up of an extremely long-term…