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”

All Points North: Part 1, Preparation

And suddenly I don’t know how to start, how to describe this ride, how it came about, how we ended up on the start line, how we kept our pedals turning through 617miles and everything that happened along the way. It’s 57hours after we finished, way under our finishing time of 79hrs 34minutes and thereContinue reading “All Points North: Part 1, Preparation”

Getting kitted up

How are you going to carry all your stuff around the World and how much gear are you going to take? Is a question we are commonly asked and the short answer is simple: On the bike and just as much as we need but no more! The longer answer, I figured, is worthy ofContinue reading “Getting kitted up”

“At Brandenburg Gate, turn left…”

Where to begin… literally! And how do you plan a route around the World? How do we avoid getting lost, pick the best roads, avoid mountain ranges and potholes and still see the best sights all in record breaking time?! The answer is not of course a straight forward one. Where to start the rideContinue reading ““At Brandenburg Gate, turn left…””

Trying to Ride Bicycles in Winter

It’s been a tough old winter, and without ranting on about the obvious reasons (which I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing of!), it’s feeling like a long one too… Today is another day we are planning to ride our bicycles and another day of uninspiring weather and the challenges winter brings: weather, daylight, morale,Continue reading “Trying to Ride Bicycles in Winter”

Inspiration

So… I was hoping at this point in time to be writing about our next epic ride, likely battling the Winter elements, travelling far and wide in the UK and continuing our Randonneur Round the Year Challenge… But this was not to be. Instead we are agonising over what “local” means and wisely Audax UKContinue reading “Inspiration”

A favourite photo from 2020…

I particularly love this photo because it reminds me of waking up on the last day of our Pennine Way challenge, having walked until 10pm through the Cheviots to reach this isolated hut. The morning was so beautifully peaceful and the sunrise over the Hills was just so tranquil, I felt very much at peaceContinue reading “A favourite photo from 2020…”