Travels and travails

Over the Barra  — June 4, 2017 — May 26, 2017
Spitfire sportive pics — May 20, 2017
Training : the Spitfire ride —
Tour preparations : tyre shopping — May 18, 2017

Tour preparations : tyre shopping

OK, so I needed some reassurance I’d get my new Schwalbe tyres on and resorted to watching Merlin (cheeky from a fellow fungus face) literally magic a tyre on to a wheel: its all about pushing that bead hard into the wheel all the way round. And having some toe straps to keep it in there, apparently. 

Ready for the fray!
Tyres, tubes, shorts and leg warmers (midge proofing!). And I only went online looking for new ‘boots’. Love this part of the trip prep.!

Taunton Flyer on Saturday: need to get these bad boys unpacked and fitted after work tomorrow. And eat some pasta!

Over the sea to Skye — May 14, 2017

Over the sea to Skye

In just under four weeks we will be heading across the water to Castlebay on Barra. From Castlebay we will cycle up through the Hebrides then back over to Skye. Our route takes us over high ground, around lochs across rivers and on ferries. Our longest days will take us 40 miles or more. A week of fresh air, companionship and memories in gorgeous scenery.

Go West — April 23, 2016

Go West

So it’s done ; the die is cast. This year’s odyssey is a coast to coast..of Ireland! I’ve booked my tickets back from Westport on June 19th, with 4.5 days to get across there from Belfast, where I have a day’s work to negotiate at the beginning of the week. I have a great route translated from the Dutch by Paul Benjaminse, spiral bound. I will be travelling very light this year. Maybe I said that last time, but this will be different! No time for blogging right now, this is just to whet the appetite. More to follow.

Ian Musgrove R.I.P. — October 4, 2015

Ian Musgrove R.I.P.

 I heard with great sadness today of the passing of a local cycling hero. I don’t claim to have known Ian well but know he contributed to the enjoyment of cycling in many, including me. He worked as a bike mechanic both locally in Somerset, and on cycle holidays. He was also an important member of Wellington Wheelers CC. My memory is of a cheerful efficient man, always quick to help and thorough in his work.

Rest in peace.

One of the greats of British cycling? — June 25, 2015

One of the greats of British cycling?

Alex Dowsett : it’s that man again!  With another UK elite time trial under his belt, Alex Dowsett takes another step closer to greatness. He is steadily establishing himself in what would be British Cycling’s Hall of Fame, although we haven’t tended to bother with things like that, being modest folk of course. It would be wonderful to see him have a good run in a Grand Tour. He may get his chance next week, in France.

Mark Beaumont : ultra long distance cyclist. — May 23, 2015