Ouistreham to Fougeres

Our trip to the Semaine Federale this year at Mortagne-au-Perche started early to beat the seasonal hike in ferry prices designed to catch those restricted to school holidays for travel. With time to spare we decided to explore the area and our first stop was going to be Fougeres, a town I passed through on my…

Round The Island, A Gem To Cycle…..

For the second year I led the Fleet UK Cycling Group for a Thursday ride around The Isle Of Wight. Six members, Ed, Bob, Barry, John, Kaye and yours truly accepted the invitation of 65 miles around the Island and met at Lymington for the 08-45 sailing to Yarmouth. The on board cafe provided coffee…

A Leap In The Dark

One activity that has been sadly lacking from my cycling itinerary has been night rides. They do take a bit of organisation so when I saw a cycling group that specialise in these rides I took the opportunity to enrol. Friday Night Ride to the Coast are an affiliated group to CyclingUK who do exactly…

Banana, Fig and Sultana Flapjacks

I’m a bit of a sucker for flapjacks and am always eager to try new recipes. They are a great fuel for cycling but are invariably held together with sugar, syrup and butter so when this recipe arrived using coconut oil, egg and banana to bind the ingredients I just had to give it a…

January……

“January, sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me”, sung by the group Pilot in 1975 but those words resonate with me every year. In my cycling year this is the most difficult month to keep my motivation, the Christmas celebrations are over and a New Year has arrived, it is an easy time of…

A Late Summer Tour – Part 2

September 13th and I woke to a sunny start for my 65th birthday, I was now feeling like a professional cyclist, paid by the state to train. I share a birth date with Roald Dahl and one of his many quotes resonates and could have been written for me. After a walk into Bedoin for…