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London-Edinburgh-London

Strap in. It’s a long one! The London-Edinburgh-London was one of the first ‘ultra’ rides I ever came across and sparked a curiosity and a desire to be able to cycle such distances – not as a tourist, but against the clock and pushing to find your limits. It was a slow burn and it […]

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Willy Warmer 200km Audax

It’s been a long winter waiting for audax season to kick back in. I spent October-December working a couple of days a week in Amsterdam and watching my fitness slowly unravel from the endless lack of sleep, lack of training time and days off the bike, so January couldn’t come soon enough. The glamour of […]

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Flatland 600 (Super Randonneur)

A week before the Transcontinental I was knocked off my bike. Two teenage girls stepped out in front of me without looking – one ran when she heard my shout and the other froze. I’d scrubbed pretty much all of my speed by the time I collided with the girl that froze, but my momentum […]

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Dunwich Dynamo

  This weekend saw my final chance to test my full TCR setup (which now contains almost none of my original kit) over a long distance and iron out any wrinkles. In now traditional style, this meant the weekend started with discovering my rear wheel was dead. One of the nipples had pulled through the rim, […]

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To the edge and back

Thanks to the weather, my inherent laziness and many other weak excuses, I’m yet to do any multi-day light weight tours and I figure the coming bank holiday presents my final opportunity to do so before the Transcon. I’ve decided, somewhat loosely, on heading down to Land’s End and back. Why Land’s End? Why not… […]

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Severn Across

This weekend saw me finally cross the 400km mark. I’ve come tantalisingly close previously, but could never bring myself to bother piling on the distance unnecessarily. Quite a relief to have it out of the way, considering this will be my target distance most days of the TCR. As usual, the plan was to keep […]

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Coasting

This weekend, rather than schlep out to the Heart of England audax, I decided to have a little adventure of my own and ride to the seaside. 315km of familiar roads – albeit ones I normally travel in the opposite direction (I might *possibly* have routed with the prevailing coastal wind in mind) and a focus on […]

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Cross-Training

This weekend saw a break from cycling – my Dad invited me, my brother and my sister to the Lake District to join him in hiking up to one of my Mum’s favourite peaks on her birthday – the same peak they climbed last year. I toyed with cycling up and back, but knew my […]

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3 Down Audax

This weekend saw another impromptu TCR London meetup, this time at the 3 Down audax. I’d arranged to ride out with Paul Buckley (a TCR vet and 2016 entrant) and it turned out at least 3 other riders have previously ridden TCR… Darren also put in an appearance, bombing around the first half of the course to […]

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Steam Ride London Oxford London

I had been looking forward to the London Oxford London audax for weeks – my first audax of 2016 and motivation to put in the miles despite the weather. In preparation, I rode a hilly century to Brighton and back on the Saturday. I was slightly annoyed to ride this solo after offering it as […]

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