Semaine Fédérale 2018

Friday 3rd August, just a short drive to get to Epinal for this years event and after registering we were given our plot number and directed to the camp site on the Airfield at Dogneville. It was massive with space for 6000 caravans, campervans and tents and a mile from end to end, unfortunately we…

France en Velo Diary Week 2

Thursday 26th July, 22°c at 7am and after a slow start we drove to our next destination at Chatilion-sur-Loire, a motorhome aire in the marina on the banks of the canal N47.59177° E2.75959° , €8 for 24hrs with EHU, water and services, payment with credit card at a machine that was too hot to touch…

France en Velo, Diary Week 1

Semaine Fédérale is a cycling festival we have entered, this year to be held in the city of Epinal in The Voges in early August so that gave us an opportunity to get to France two weeks early and explore some of the lanes and towns of the Loire valley. Thursday 19th July saw us…

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…

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…