In Praise Of The Mini Adventure

There’s a seemingly inexhaustible supply of aspirational features in the media telling of remote adventures into the wilderness or continent crossing epics, of living life beyond the confines of an average adult’s lifestyle. Whilst it might seem wonderful to indulge in a similar adventure for ourselves practically speaking this is going to be a very …

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Saddle Quest ~ In Search Of Enduring Comfort

  In this post I share what I’ve learnt about saddle comfort. I’ve been cycling since I was a kid as a way to stay fit or get about locally. It is only in the last year that I’ve been riding regularly for several hours at a time or even days on end. My biggest …

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eTappery & Post TAWR 2017 Upgrades

Sram eTap and gear ratios Riding in the Transatlantic Way Race highlighted one particular issue with my bike that could be improved; gear shifting. I bought it as a stock 2016 Genesis Datum 10 equipped with Shimano Tiagra 10 speed gearing. This mostly worked well but I had occasional issues with the left shifter intermittently refusing …

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Trans Kernow 17

Distance 338.9mi moving time 27:35:16 climbing 29373.36 ft – Total duration 55:01:37 stopped time 27:26:21 So what is Trans Kernow? Well the organisers, Rockets & Rascals Plymouth, describe it as follows: “It may take one day, it may take three days. We don’t know what route you’re going to take, all we do know is you have got to get …

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WGC Day 4 – The Big One

DAY #4 – DISTANCE 225.8MI, MOVING TIME 17:56:50, CLIMBING 13,156 FT, AVE TEMP 9C / 48F A bright, cool, day greeted me as I emerged from my snug little bivi tucked away in the Savernake forest, near Marlborough. Immediately before sleep the night before I’d polished off the last pieces of chicken that Martyn and Sarah had given …

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WGC Day 3 – The Re-Group

Day #3 – Distance 92.2mi, Moving Time 7:54:25, Climbing 3140 ft, AVE Temp 6c / 43f For some strange reason I remember turning the light off by my bed at exactly 03:47 and, surprisingly, I was then wide awake again at 07.37. I briefly considered chasing more sleep but, no, there was an adventure to …

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WGC Day 2 – The silly one

Day #2 Distance 160.1 Mi, Moving Time 15:03:55, Climbing 8,061 ft, Ave Temp 6c 43F Day 2 dawned and I awoke happily warm and, remarkably, somewhat drier than when I’d wriggled into my little bivi cocoon 5 hours or so earlier. My weather check the day before had suggested that sunshine and unfavourable northeasterly winds were to …

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WGC Day 1 – The hilly one

Day #1 Distance: 163.8 mi,  Moving Time: 14:37:39,  Climbing: 14,934 ft (For perspective that is close to 3.5 times the height of Ben Nevis or ½ of mount Everest!),  Ave temp: 39f / 4c I can’t quite believe what I just wrote but, yes, a little over a week ago I actually rode all that and …

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Managing Weight Loss

Nutrition and diet is a massive subject with any number of highly qualified experts offering equal and opposite opinions as what we should eat and particularly what we should eat for athletic performance. I don’t claim to be any kind of an expert but I am able to report on what is working for me. …

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