A Cold And Frosty Morning

The week after Christmas is a difficult time with family commitments so when the opportunity arises its nice to be able to get a few miles in and seeing a free day I planned a 70 mile circular route out to Pamber End. The forecast was for possible frost, possible fog and temperatures between zero…

Binsted to Nice, “Le Grande Depart”

After last years Lands End to John O Groats cycle ride Kaye announced that she would rather not do another trip that involved chasing me around the country in the motor home. This was a real spanner in the works as I had my mind set on another trip, this time cycling from Binsted to…

Binsteds Good Cake Guide

Rhubarb And Orange Cake Like most things in life you need a balance so my love of cycling is equalled out by my weakness for coffee and cake. The Saturday CTC ride fulfils both of these requirements, occasionally you come across a new cake on the menu that needs in the interest of research to…

Leader Of The Pack

I try to get out on the bike most days and I especially like the company on CTC rides on two days a week but it came as a shock when an e-mail came through asking as there was nobody else in the world available could I lead a ride. I mentioned this to Mrs B…

Imperfect Storm

The closest relevance to cycling is that the storm prevented my Christmas Eve bike ride but mother nature takes no notice of  Christmas arrangements. An early morning chore in that I had to drive Mrs B to Sainsburys to collect the turkey confirmed my fears that I would not be cycling on Christmas Eve.  Flooded…

Who Is The Cycling ‘Banksy’?

A story appeared in this weeks Cycle Clips, the CTC e-mail magazine Who is the cycling ‘Banksy’? The artist known as ‘Banksy’ is a secretive and seldom seen figure whose identity is a mystery. Equally mysterious is an unusually fast cyclist who has been spotted on the ride-logging website Strava this week. The rider has been claiming…

Petersfield And The Meon Valley

While flicking through Cycle Tours Of Hampshire And IOW I came across a route taking in Petersfield and The Meon Valley that would, looking at the profile  make an ideal training circuit  for my upcoming Coast to Coast ride with several testing climbs. The weather forecast was predicting a sunny day resulting in the hottest…