The Prologue

Not long now until our epic adventure and everything is starting to come together… or at least almost everything! We are still short of the new bike and despite multiple phone calls and emails our plan to get the frame wrapped with our sponsors design has completely fallen through.  The wrapping company who initially offeredContinue reading “The Prologue”

Logistics

This last month has not been an epic month of bicycle rides.I grimace a bit writing that as of today we have just under 3 months to go until we set off and need to be training in earnest, but with storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin we have been somewhat at the whim of theContinue reading “Logistics”

Training

“How training going?” is one of the most popular questions people ask me along with “I bet you’re really excited aren’t you?” The second question is easier to answer, if not what people want to hear: There is still so much to do in terms of logistics even the start line seems a very longContinue reading “Training”

Motives

Yes, not motivation… we’ve (kinda) got that sorted… but motives.  This has come up few times in our planning and talking about our plans especially on social media. Most people have been wonderfully supportive but certain groups have queried why we want to go fast and other people have asked why we feel we deserveContinue reading “Motives”

Bye Bye RRTY

RRTY= Randonneur Round the Year, it is a fairly simple concept of an award run by Audax UK:  You ride 1 calendar (organised ride on a specific date), permanent (set route/ride, but on a date of your choosing) or DIY (route and date dictated by yourself, but meeting specific criteria) event of at least 200km for 12 months consecutively.  Simples.  WeContinue reading “Bye Bye RRTY”

“’Ungry then boys?”

A post about being a female cyclist. ….“Ungry then boys?”… Boomed the jovial café waiter as I inhaled a plate of cheesy beans on toast topped with 2 fried eggs immediately after devouring a rather large bacon butty.  I fear the combination of my lack of ladylike decorum and the busy café being packed withContinue reading ““’Ungry then boys?””

All Points North: Part 4, Perseverance

I woke up to morning sunlight streaming onto my closed eyes while the nagging alarm refused to let me slip back into blissful sleep in the soft sheets… I stirred and groaned as every muscle in my body complained at the rude awakening, only to groan even louder as I sat up on my tenderContinue reading “All Points North: Part 4, Perseverance”

All Points North: Part 3, Pride

Again, the alarm went off far too soon and we bundled ourselves out into a soggy grey morning as quickly as we could. The beautifully peaceful empty carriageways of the early hours had been transformed into a gritty, busy, hectic scrum of Monday morning traffic and I realised the initial plan had been to rideContinue reading “All Points North: Part 3, Pride”

All Points North: Part 2, Performance

And so it was we found ourselves rolling out of a Different Gear into the dusking light and through the city of Sheffield. My stomach was comfortably full of pizza and the remainder was strapped to the pannier rack for later, but I was hoping to ride right through this first 50 miles. Riders quicklyContinue reading “All Points North: Part 2, Performance”