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…

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…

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…

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…