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,…

Day 9 Le Blaymard to Bagnols-Sur-Ceze

I woke to part cloudy skies but with a temperature of 2c it was pretty chilly but the luxury of the motor home means I can change clothes at stops as the temperature rises. From Le Bleymard I had a short climb and at the top of the Col des Tribes and a sign indicating…

Day 5 Confolens to Naihlac (nr Hautefort)

Forecast, temperature 11c overcast with showers. We were woken by the sound of rain hammering on the roof of the motor home, not what I was expecting, I must have been in touch with my feminine side as I had three changes of clothing before I was ready to leave. The roads were very wet…

A Taste of Audax

An entry to the Kennet Valley 200km Audax was to be my first serious venture into longer distance cycling, I had completed 100 km rides but this was a first step up to the longer distances.  For those that have not come across Audax before it is a cycling event where participants try to cycle…

Day 9 Dundonald to Connell

Watching the weather forecast on BBC was not very encouraging, heavy rain would be with us by 8am so the plan was an early start and then carry on as long as possible and any mileage achieved would be a bonus. Setting off in grey skies and a stiff north-westerly wind I soon passed through…

Wrestling The Bear

Sport is a strange beast, you can put in the hours of training and on the big day fail miserably, conversely you can feel awful before a match winning performance and a good friend of mine sums this up with the saying. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you. A…

October Diary

Having spent the first two weeks of October on holiday and seemingly watching what seemed like half of Portugal cycling the roads of The Algarve I was eager to get back on the bike. The plan was to drop the suitcases and grab a couple of hours on the Hampshire lanes but I had not…