Number on the front – a transition from cycling to running

The summer of 2015 was a landmark summer for my cycling. It was the first year that I had not gone faster than the previous year. Suddenly I was no longer new to cycling and was no longer magically improving.  Deeply distressing indeed. I knew exactly why this was. I'd simply not ridden enough. Rather than …

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4 Cyclists in a Van – 100 Greatest Climbs Wales Edition

The van was visible above the ugly fence panels. Parked across the block of prefabricated garages and illuminated by the orange streetlight it looked pretty big. Feargal was hungry and therefore angry. Ollie had a rough day at work and also hadn't eaten. I had spent the afternoon scouring Strava and making a list of …

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Hadrian’s Wall – Can it be done in two days?

Twenty years old or near enough. The last driving test and first trip was a distant memory. Those were the days of challenges. Those were the days when we heard of a challenge and then completed it the next weekend. Those were the days when we walked up mountains without maps in holey Dunlops and denim shorts. …

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The Scottish Highlands – Shafts of Sunlight and Blizzards

When you regularly ride your bike you get really good at gauging the temperature outside, making assessments as to your likely intensity, the wind conditions and evaluating your choice of clothing on yesterday's ride. Over the years I have amassed a pretty comprehensive collection of clothing to cover all weather conditions and still, crucially, look …

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Head to the Peak District for a Friday Night Bivvy on Beeley Moor

Walking from my classroom towards the school gates on a warm Friday in July I found myself looking through my phone book for lads who might be free for a night out. Two positive responses and a short commute and I was in my garage stuffing my bivvy bag, sleeping bag, head torch and now battered …

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Harvest Sunshine – A Run Round the Cliffs of East Yorkshire

The Yorkshire coast is an impressive place. From a cycling point of view the sea is just one large barrier. A scenic obstruction, granted, but ultimately a windy place where your bike ride ends. Leaving the bike in the garage and whipping out the tiniest running shorts you own unlocks miles of coastal path. Often …

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