Todays lesson is…”Respect The Ride”

Easter in Portugal was spent with our very dear friends Tim and Sue at their home in Paderne on The Algarve.  My plan was to start our trip back with a long ride. After a week or more of fairly short jaunts on the bike I was looking at a longer distance using a fairly…

Gijon to Ribadeo

Gijon was our landfall when we crossed Biscay in our boat a few years ago so we thought it would be a nice stopover on our tour. We found the Motorhome Aire next to the port entrance as the rain came down and did not stop for the next 10 hours. We ventured out on…

Surviving the icy roads.

This last week has seen very low temperatures with hard overnight frosts and daytime temperatures barely rising enough to melt the ice. Ice must be the single biggest worry to all cyclists, unlike most other weather phenomenon’s you cannot always see it lurking to catch out the unsuspecting. For the leisure cyclist the choices are,…

Veloviewer Explorer

On a recent club ride one of the group was raving about Veloviewer Explorer, a new cycling challenge that is linked to Strava and doesn’t involve climbing or going as fast or as far as you can to get on the leaderboard. Stay with me, its difficult to explain but great fun. The challenge is based…

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…

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…