Continued from Part 1…
The night spent in Bersée was not a good one, the rain fell constantly and inside my tiny little tent it felt as if I was in the middle of a monsoon. I was very glad to be in a tent and not a bivy though, so that was something. Read more
Every so often I get a wacky idea; maybe a route idea such as The Monster, or an event trip such as the recent short but ace trip to Italy for the Sportful Dolomiti and my latest idea formed around a working trip to France.
I was already set to work for Cycle-tec as a mechanic for a 24hr London to Paris charity ride for Scope. Recently I have been looking at doing some sort of long distance road riding and keep thinking of trying some form of bike-packing trip. With the TdF in Yorkshire while we were working, I was a bit disappointed to miss it but with it returning to France on the Tuesday, why not plan to go see it? Read more
Last weekend was another double-header of events, the combination of a summer CX race held within Ironbridge Victorian village and the MTB Marathon series at Church Stretton.
I knew a little about the CX before hand, but only decided to enter late in the week. Although it was fairly close to Church Stretton where I was camping, it was an awkward 8:15pm start time, which proved a little challenging to plan around. Read more
Mountain Mayhem 2014 ended up being the most incredible and hardest fought race I have ever been a part of. A great course, sunny weather and superb organisation made it a weekend that I will never forget. It has been a yearly pilgrimage for me since 2004 when I started mountain biking, with the exception of last year. For 2013 I was initially down to race solo, but my head wasn’t in the right place after loosing my Dad to cancer a few months before. For 2014 we were back and ready to slog it out in the 4-man team race. Read more
In my opinion, Italy is the cycling capital of the World. France might have the Tour de France, but when it comes to history and passion, Italians live and breath cycling like no other country in the World.
Having completed several French Cyclo-sportives, including a few L’Etape and two La Marmotte events, I was really keen to try and Italian event.
Just like the French races and unlike the British events, Gran Fondo’s are races. A sportive in the UK is not a race and although people (myself included) will vie for the fastest time, it is not a race. Read more