Babbacombe Day 3

I woke up like a coiled spring again but a hot bath and an extended stretch before and after breakfast sorted that. I left at almost 11am on the dot, the time counting from zero when I pressed the button which weirded me out for a sec. I rode out of the Premier Inn onto … Continue reading Babbacombe Day 3

Babbacombe Day 2

I woke this morning quite woozy.  Broken sleep due to a different bed and the room being too hot meant I was up a few times in the night. I showered and rolled over for Breakfast at 9.45am. The restaurant was nearly empty. I smashed a full english washing it down as, annoyingly, the (decent) … Continue reading Babbacombe Day 2

Rack, bags and how much rubber?

Last Tuesday I did a ride to work across Brum with my bikepacking rear bag. A kind of dress rehearsal for this week's ride to Torquay. Its the first time I've had a real chance use it loaded with kit. the bikepacking bag loaded ready for a test ride Despite being a bit wobbly and … Continue reading Rack, bags and how much rubber?

Babbacombe on down

Accommodation booked. Routed sorted. My 3 day amble down to Babbacombe in 3 weeks is on. After spending a bit of time on the routes, my favourite bit of this sort of stuff, I decided riding 90 miles from Gloucester to Taunton on Day 2 was a bit much and unnecessary so I've moved things … Continue reading Babbacombe on down

Down to the Downs

Finally I get to do a bit of touring on my bike this year. I'd planned a mini 3 day tour to Radnorshire in April but COVID killed that idea off sadly. Luckily though, Sally had booked a self-contained apartment in Babbacombe, Torquay in September for a long weekend with her mom and we were … Continue reading Down to the Downs

Ride of the Year 2018

Time for a quick look back at my rides in 2018 and see what stands out as my Ride of the Year. I've done more miles this year than I have in over 10 years. Most of them have been simple, sometimes boring commutes to and from work but there have been a few 'special' … Continue reading Ride of the Year 2018

The week after the week before

It was always going to take a while..... Recovering from my week away on my cycle tour. On a diet of 12 mile commutes and a bit of Zwift racing, I somehow managed 26.5 hrs of cycling and 40,000ft of climbing that week over 6 consecutive days. Now I have recovered its easy to look … Continue reading The week after the week before

10 things I learned this week

I'm today. Literally nothing to do. I'm on a come-down and feeling like I should be doing something despite aching all over. I've been thinking about the past week this morning. Here are 10 things I've learned this week Planning is key If you plan, chances of things going wrong are minimised. You'll see … Continue reading 10 things I learned this week

Tour Day 6 – Report card

I think yesterday took more out of me than I thought. I slept heavy and drank 1.5 litres of San Pelligrino which didn't see the other end. I woke with a bit of thick head too which was probably dehydration given I'd soaked up that much water. The forecast was dry but it looked like … Continue reading Tour Day 6 – Report card