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16. Sep, 2013

Mountain biking in the Troodos Mountains

Mountain biking in the Troodos Mountains

For all the cycling we’ve done, neither of us had ever tried mountain biking. So in Cyprus for a last bit of summer sun, we decided to take a day off from writing the book about our South America trip and to head into the mountains to give it a go.

We hired bikes from Mike at Bikin’ Cyprus Adventures who was to be our guide for the day. Immediately, I was aware of the many differences between our steel touring bikes and these lightweight mountain bikes with their grippy fat tyres and soft suspension. (more…)

20. Jul, 2013

Cycling London to Paris: the French part

Cycling London to Paris: the French part

Early the next morning, we rolled off the ferry into a grey,cold drizzle that masked the industrial toughness of Le Havre. It was hard to motivate ourselves to get moving after a breakfast of croissants and pain au chocolat in town, where our confident French practice from the previous day was found out quickly by the perplexed locals.

Having forced ourselves to get into the saddle, we picked up a local cycle route to escape this industrial maze of a city, but still managed to get lost in a car park on the edge of town. We were soon joined by an-equally lost Josh, a cyclist from the ferry who was heading off on his first bicycle trip: to Barcelona. His route wasn’t planned, so he decided to join us for the day as he figured we were going broadly in the right direction for him. (more…)

18. Jul, 2013

Cycling London to Paris: the English part

Cycling London to Paris: the English part

London to Paris, everybody does it differently. Some people jump on their road bikes and race it in 24 hours, for others it is the challenge of a lifetime and they raise thousands for charity as they take several days to make their way south. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but if you’re a cyclist, you must at some point.

We’d had it on our wish list for years, but at last we had a date and, excitedly, company having persuaded our friends Tom and Katie to come along over an extended May bank-holiday weekend. Our plan was to take a relatively leisurely pace following the Avenue Verte, a signposted route between the two capitals, via a ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe. (more…)

19. Feb, 2011

Snow cycling in Slovenia

Snow cycling in Slovenia

Last weekend we went over to Slovenia with Liferocks to try out cross country skiing and snow mountain cycling. We stayed at Villa Triglav in Pokljuka run by the Slovenian cyclist Tadej Valjavec.

On the Sunday morning Tadej, who finished in the top 10 in the Tour de France in 2008, took us out for some snow mountain biking in the nearby woods. It was great fun, much easier than cycling around London in the snow that’s for sure. We were kitted out with new mountain bikes which had snow tyres to help us grip. (more…)

30. Dec, 2010

Touring the red light districts of Europe

Touring the red light districts of Europe

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Hamburg, Germany – Esbjerg, Denmark, June 2010, 600 miles

Almost a year to the day after arriving back into London having had our first taste of cycling on the continent, we were heading back across the North Sea to continue along the world’s longest signposted cycle route.

This time we would head north-eastwards through the Netherlands, Germany and into Denmark – double the distance and duration than in 2009.  We hadn’t been able to get any girls along again, but Laura wasn’t going to miss out, so prepared herself for a week’s worth of ‘boy humour’ along with visits to two of Europe’s most famous red light districts. (more…)