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Seven Days in Provence

When I lived on the Island of Bali, we used to regularly witness a phenomenon locally known as ‘Bali Magic’; the unsuspecting tourist would arrive on the Island, and its irresistible lure would make such an impression on them, that life-changing decisions would be…

Freewheeling

Sometimes not having a plan can lead you into trouble, and other times it can lead to a pleasant surprise. Yesterday my unplanned and rare shopping trip yielded a pleasant surprise. On returning from my trip, my shopping bag consisted of a Throw from…

Tandem Adventures

The house is strangely quiet, the skies are leaden; perfect conditions for a quick blog post (it’s that or clean my chain!).  I’ve just said good-bye to my brother Stephen, and Sister-in-law Kate, after a weekend visit with their 30 year old tandem called…

Who needs an Adventure Road Bike?

Is it really necessary to invent yet another type of bike?  Well, all I can say is that I am definitely coming around to the idea! At first I thought it was just another marketing ploy to convince cyclists with a lot of spare…

Grand Park Tour: An Adventure Bike tour of South London

A friend of mine recently returned from an epic adventure, cycling alone from Amritsar, via the Hill Stations of North India, to Kathmandu, and having returned home to no job, I invited her on a mid-week adventure road-bike ride.  I wrongly assumed she would…

Not quite the Pilgrims’ Way!

My recent trip to Whitstable along the Pilgrims’ Way re-ignited my plan to complete the entire ‘track-way’ in a series of day trips.  In retrospect I could have benefited from knowing where it started and finished. I decided to complete the section from Rochester…

Cycling from Whitstable to Ramsgate

I woke early in a static caravan on the outskirts of Whitstable.  It was another perfect summer’s day.  The kind of day that as a kid,  you would remember as the best day of the holidays; sunburn, ice-cream, getting sand in your knickers &…

A Pilgrims Tale

This is the story of the Bella Velo Cycling Clubs summer trip to the sea. It was a road ride full of unforeseen adventures that pushed us all to various limits. We conquered extreme heat, punctures, thigh-burning hills, came close to mutiny and possibly…

Ladies Triumph Tourer

Back in the days when having  5 gears on your bike was aspirational, I suddenly found myself in possession of a 3-speed Ladies Triumph Tourer.  I was 11 and it took me a year to grow into it, but during that time, I started…

Porto Impressions

Here is a snap-shot view of a long weekend in Porto.  I went with very little knowledge of the place and returned with a handful of impressions, that would almost certainly change if I lived there. Observations of a city that seems to be…

Tour de Hollande

Holland conjures up lots of iconic images in my mind, like windmills, dykes, tulips, coffee houses, brothels and people with a fascination for the colour orange, as well as, and much more importantly, bicycles.  So after much virtual ‘recccying and googlage’, I put together…

Up the Ravensbourne

….and down the Darent.  That was the plan.  As part of my scheme to ride to the source of all the rivers entering the Thames along its passage through London, I thought I would start at Deptford and finish at Dartford; going up one…

Strava, Streams & the Serra de Bernia

…….and so it came to be that I found myself on a road-biking holiday in Calpe, a resort just along the coast from Benidorm. I had confessed my love of the road less traveled to the group leader (Keith the honorary Bella Velo), so…

…….here comes the sun!

  Barcelona!   Beautiful trails through pine clad hills, gravel tracks up dry river beds, classic road-bike climbs ….. gambas al ajillo, Rioja.  I will definitely be back for more!  This blog describes my winter escape to seek out some Mediterranean sunshine and to discover…

Maps, maps and more maps ….

  This is what happens when a bicycling Geologist is ‘put out to grass’, and the days are short, cold and uninviting to all but the hardiest of cyclists.  The Geological cross-section is based on the first half of the Milk Churn Loop from…

The Milk Churn Loop

This blog post records a winter ride with the Bella Velo cycle club.  Links to topics in this post include: The Rocks and Rivers. Maps of the ride showing what lies beneath the fields and tarmac (or what a ‘resting Geologist’ gets up to…

Adventure Road-Biking

What is Adventure Road-Biking? It’s a mind-set.  You can be an adventure road-biker on any kind of road bike, although you may wish to consider the wisdom of using your top of the range Pinarello (should you be lucky enough to own one)!  It…

Lead us not into temptation

Ever wondered why you can’t seem to stick to your New Years resolutions?  An article I’ve just read on vox.com comes up with some interesting explanations, and also happens to be relevant to my current situation.  The article is about why some people appear…

Dartford – my nemesis

Inspired by my last Southeast London ride, which ended in Dartford, I decided to put together a ‘loop’ ride which incorporated the suburbs of Southeast London, followed by a trip down the Darent valley to Dartford, returning back along the already reccied Thames path….

Ride, Forrest, Ride

“Training Zones, FTP tests, Sweet spots, not to mention what to say when someone asks you whether ‘you’ve left it all on the road’!” I am known for being a bit of a ‘Forrest Gump’ when it comes to cycling; I just ride. I’ve…