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…

A Tale of Two Rides

This article is part two in a series of posts on my cycling (mis)adventures over Christmas 2013/14.  As you’re probably aware, the weather in the UK has been less than ideal for cycling over the last month. In fact it’s been downright dismal — horizontal rain, driving wind, and severe flooding have been staples over the past…

Microadventure in Wales

Several weeks ago I sent off an email to a couple of friends, suggesting a trip to Wales for a few days riding bikes. For several reasons the plan took longer to come to fruition than anticipated, so rather than catching the last of the milder autumn weather we set off just as the fist…

Gear Review: 45NRTH Fasterkatt

Anyone who has spent much time in the UK will know that it rains — a lot. During just about every ride, at any time of the year, an unexpected deluge is a distinct possibility. While this isn’t too much of an issue in the summer months, it can make winter rides a nightmare. Great…

Unsupported vs. Supported Racing

  Last week I drove up to the Cotswolds to have a chat with the guys at Qoroz about the Trans Am Bike Race. During the course of the discussion, I was asked what I meant when I said that the race was “entirely unsupported.” It was an important question — after all, it’s the unsupported…

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…

Motivation: Why Ride?

As a bit of a change of pace from the gear reviews and ride reports I usually post here, I thought I’d answer a question I get asked a lot… Motivation: why ride? One of the questions I’m asked the most — either by strangers whilst on the road or by friends and family when…