Mike Hall The IPWR has been an amazing experience but everything has been overshadowed by Mike Hall's death on the road near Canberra. Not since Tom Simpson, in a very different era and context, has British cycling lost one its heros, so suddenly and so sadly, in action. More than anyone, Mike created the sport … Continue reading Reflections on Mike Hall, the IPWR and cycling in Australia
This year was always going to be a short one from a cycling point of view for me as we are expecting a baby at the end of May. The big rides in the Summer wouldn't work with that timing, so there was no point in even trying for a place in the TCR, which … Continue reading Looking forward to the Indian Pacific Wheel Race
Having failed to complete Offa's Dyke, my attempt at a 600km ride earlier in the year - I thought I'd have a go at the Flatlands - a far less hilly ride up the east of England, from Essex to Yorkshire and back. It was also an excuse to get back out on my bike … Continue reading Offa’s Dyke & the Flatlands – 600km at the second attempt
Day 13 – Greece and Turkey Like other towns and villages in Greece, Gazoros was patrolled at night by dogs. During my hour or so of sleep on my bench there I occasionally heard them barking and, occasionally, spotted one walking along the road. I was thankful that, off my bike, either as a pedestrian … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 5a – The final, hardest stage with heat, dreams, ghosts and ferries.
Day 11 – Montenegro, Kosovo and Skopje After rising from my forest sleeping-place, I enjoyed a breakfast of cream-filled croissants. Along with byrek, they are the main food memory of the TCR. I probably ate 4-5 per day. They are available everywhere, are a good source of calories, come in a variety of flavours. … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 5 – 3 countries in a day, Macedonian roads and Greek dogs
Day 9 - Bosnia Leaving my hotel in Bihac at dawn, I looked forward to my ride across central Bosnia on a main road, towards Sarajevo. There were two big climbs but the gradients were gentle and the road surfaces were smooth so it was a fairly quick day. A good start was being able … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 4a, Bosnia and Montenegro – byreks and a stupendous limestone gorge
Day 7 - sleepy before a storm, twice The morning after climbing the Giau, I was up at dawn, and started the new day in fine style by immediately losing a chunk of time to a routing error. I decided I could save a couple of hundred metres, perhaps all of half a minute, by … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016, part 4 – Storms, scars of war, a friendly dog and bears in the forest