The Dean 300km Audax

I’ve been meaning to try an Audax ride for a while, but the stars have never quite aligned — so when I saw that there was a 300km event leaving from Oxford I jumped at the chance to sign up. For those who aren’t familiar with Audax riding (or randonneuring), it’s a discipline of cycling in…

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…

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…

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 So Far

Ever since getting my bike in January I have been trying to get down to some serious training so that the first part of my journey is less of a slog and a bit more enjoyable – given that Virginia has the most overall climbing of any state along the TransAm Trail. I encountered an…

Introductions.

My name is Edward Pickup, and I am 19 years old. On the first of April 2010 I will be setting off on a 4300 mile cycle across the USA, from Yorktown, VA and the Atlantic to Astoria, OR and the pacific. Why cycle across America? I had never really panned on taking a gap…